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    Modern Bikes with a "Vintage" Look

    Please share your photos and ideas for building a modern bike with a "vintage" look.

    A photo of my bike is attached below. More and better quality pictures can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/7645270...oto_7569137368 . (I could not figure out how to attach a picture much larger than a thumbnail to this post, so please forgive the small image size posted below.)

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    Finishing and component specifics for my 2011 Mercian Strada Speciale ( http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/ ):

    FINISHING AND COSMETICS
    Frame - Reynolds 853 with Reynolds 631 forks and stays
    Frame Color – No. 1 Emerald Green Flamboyant
    Head Tube, Seat Tube Panel, and Bands – No. 7 Ruby Flamboyant lined with No. 10 Gold Polychromatic.
    Lug Lining – No. 10 Gold Polychromatic. Cast Clover Leaf Cutouts and Fork Crown Cutouts filled with No. 7 Ruby Flamboyant and Lined with No. 10 Gold Polychromatic.
    Down Tube – Gold Gothic Text Transfer
    Head Tube – Mercian Headbadge
    Seat Tube – Crest Transfer
    Top of Seat Tube – 853 Tubing Transfer
    Brake Guides – 3 Through Guides on Lower Left-Hand Side
    Rear Dropouts – Vertical
    Geometry - Custom

    COMPONENTS
    Full Campagnolo Athena 11s silver alloy gruppo
    Campagnolo Record alloy threaded headset
    Campagnolo quick release skewers
    Campagnolo cables
    White Industries H2 and H3 hubs (Front-32H and Rear-36H)
    D/T Swiss Competition double butted spokes and Pro Lock brass nipples in Black Color
    Mavic Open Pro rims in Silver Color
    Schwalbe Ultremo DD 700 x 23C tires
    Schwalbe SV15 40mm butyl inner tubes
    Nitto S-83 seatpost
    Nitto Technomic stem
    Nitto M190 Euro 80 handlebar
    Nitto Bottle Cage R
    MKS Prime Sylvan Touring Pedals (Silver Color)
    MKS Super Deep Steel Toeclips
    MKS Spin-II Pedal Flips
    Brooks B15 Swallow Chrome Saddle in Honey Color
    Brooks Leather Bar Tape in Honey Color (with oil finish on wood plugs)
    Brooks Toe Straps in Honey Color
    Zimbale Leather Saddlebag in Honey Color
    Jagwire Tube Tops rubber cable/frame protectors


    ** The Zimbale Leather Saddlebag is just the right size to hold a Lezyne Pressure Drive mini pump, an inner tube, and some tire patch supplies and still maintain the leather and steel retro look. ( http://www.zimbale.com/Front/Product...isplay_group=1 )

    Also, I did put a light colored oil finish on the Brooks handlebar plugs before the bike was assembled because I did not like the look of raw unfinished wood.

    Finally, a couple of somewhat unusual features of the bike include:

    (1) the Nitto M190 Euro 80 handlebar, which I had to order from Alex's Cycle in Japan. This handlebar is compatible with European brake levers and has a second groove for Campy Ergopower cables. The curve is slightly different on this Nitto bar as compared to the Nitto STI bars for Shimano levers, and it flows better into the Campy controls. ( http://www.alexscycle.com/handlebars...0-euro-80.html )

    (2) the three through guides on the lower left side of the top tube. These guides allowed the use of a full-length shielded rear brake cable which resulted in a nice feel when working the rear brake, less chance of something gumming up the rear brake cable, better alignment with the modern cable routing of the Ergopower controls, and a somewhat retro look of a completely shielded rear brake cable.
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    Posted one for 'ya


    click on the size of pic you wish to post from flickr. The one above was "large". Right click, go down to properties, click, copy the URL and paste into the "insert image" icon field from the tool bar on your post as requested.
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    Thank you so much!
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    Very nice bikes, really liked the bag and those high flange hubs - those are the White Ind ones?

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    GREAT looking bike! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you both for the kind words about my bikes. On my Flickr pages, the green bike is the modern one with the White Industries hubs ( http://www.whiteind.com/fronthubs.html ). I bought the black Bertin bike new in 1980, and it has the original hubs that came on it.

    Here is a link to an article that discusses building new wheels with high flange hubs that would give a very similar look - http://bertinclassiccycles.wordpress...ange-pbp-rims/ . Also, the bag on the black bike is made by Naborsa - http://www.bicyclehero.com/us/nabors...bag-black.html .



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7645270...in/photostream

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    Gumwall tires on the green mercier would really finish out the vintage look. Beautiful bikes

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    I'm not sure if this qualifies or not...my approach was traditional Italian build with classic accents, but modern where it counts...I'm also not sure if MAX tubing has a vintage look.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex Pres View Post
    Posted one for 'ya


    click on the size of pic you wish to post from flickr. The one above was "large". Right click, go down to properties, click, copy the URL and paste into the "insert image" icon field from the tool bar on your post as requested.
    Whoa! Beautiful...wow.

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    Pretty Green Mercian, agree, that gumwalls would add to the classic look

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    I'm not sure if this qualifies or not...my approach was traditional Italian build with classic accents, but modern where it counts...I'm also not sure if MAX tubing has a vintage look.

    It's so close to really looking the part, even the forks are nicely curved and no sign of the dreaded "Unicrownism" there, plus the classic gumwalls!........except for the brifters and bar position. Why the lever bodies have to be made so big and why using such levers seem to necessitate tilting the bar up so high is something I can't figure out.....yet...
    I wonder if a larger radiused (at the drops) bar can be used so the brifter levers can be mounted higher on the bar and end up closer to level with the stem without having to tilt the handlebar up so much.....I think, some older Cinellis, like their "Campione Del Mondo" have such a bend.

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    I think these might be champione del mondo bars

    I know I tried the giro, criterium and champione models, but can't remember where I ended up.

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    1995 Mike Appel with assorted vintage parts - modern?


    Mike Appel Special Custom, Bj. 1995, Serial# 10/1995 Columbus SL
    Brakes: Campa Cobalto
    Derailleur: Campa Superrecord
    FD: Campa Record
    Hubs: Campa Record
    Rims: Nisi Countach
    Tires: Veloflex Roubaix
    Seatpost: Campa Superrecord
    Stem: Shimano Dura Ace
    Handlebar: Cinelli Pista
    Crank: Assos
    Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace
    Bar Tape: Cinelli Kork, shellaqued
    Saddle: Brooks New Swallow
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    I got a few;
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    Gravity hates us all, but it hates me more than thin people!

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    My modern take on C&V: 2012 Rodriguez Touring Bike...




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    chrome lugs look great on that orange marnati!

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    My RB1 got a mix of old and more recent components
    Old Campag Rally , victory leisure FD, bar end shifters
    newer 'race triple' 50,40,24t.. Shimano aero brake levers

    Nitto dirt drop bars , drops at bottom flare outward,
    for the knee-shifter clearance.

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    My daughter's "modern bike with a vintage look" is a Fuji Connoisseur. She wanted a true vintage bike but grew impatient waiting for me to find her the right one in her size. A good compromise for now...
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    2010 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno

    some "C&V" elements from the factory

    Steel frame
    Horizontal top tube
    Lugged fork with sloping crown
    Cantilever brakes

    More C&V I've added:

    Shimano 600 cranks arms (FC-6207) and 39t Dura Ace ring
    Shimano Deore cantilever brakes (BR-MT62) (not pictured)
    Blackburn USA waterbottle cage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Chicago View Post
    chrome lugs look great on that orange marnati!
    Agreed.
    Currently one bike: Singular Gryphon do-it all bike with Nuvinci N360
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    Great looking bikes. Nice niche.

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    Miyata builds 4 models of a bike, which except for a free-hub has all the looks and earmarks of a vintage machine. These are lugged frames using Miyata's proprietory "spiral", butted CrMo tubing. It uses a Nitto quill stem and no carbon appears on the bike. They are made to order with various options but in a fixed catalog of sizes. When I get on my home computer, I'll post the URL to acccess the Miyata page.
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    I am also fond of some of the "new" Vintage bikes. Like the steel Allez
    allez.jpg
    And the Dolomiti

    http://lawyerjim.blogspot.com/2008/0...irst-look.html

    09_Dolomiti.jpg

    And 2011 Tipo Corsa frame

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/road/steel/tipo-corsa/(a painted up Dolomiti frame I believe with a steel fork)

    tipo-corsa_12.jpg
    Now there is I frame I would like to build up; I even already have the components !
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    I like Chris Kvale's work.








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    I also find John Holland's style to my tastes.

    This baby is a real mile eater!






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