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Old 02-25-09, 04:35 PM   #1
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My vintage commuter -- before and after

Snapped a new picture of my commuter today, and thought I'd share. Somebody gave me the frame originally; it'd been sitting in a yard for God knows how long and looked like this:



No, I don't know what that stuff was on the brakes, either.

I stripped it, brazed on new cable and STI bosses, and had a friend powdercoat it. I told him to do whatever color he wanted, as long as it was cheap. He says, "How about pink?". I told him to do his worst; I didn't care. My friends all stopped by to suggest pink with sparkles, rainbow stripes...it became the Gay Pride bike. When I went to pick it up, after all of that, he'd done it in black...albeit with sparkly clear coat.

I built it up with left over parts and a new headset, Nashbar long reach calipers, and brake levers. The rack is from a 70s Schwinn, the cranks, shifters, and derailleurs are older Dura Ace from a time trial bike I sold. Wheels were built and polished by me as well.
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Old 02-25-09, 04:44 PM   #2
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Very nice! I just missed a really clean $50 Sarges on Craig's. You made me realize how cool of bike I missed out on by not calling right away..
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Old 02-26-09, 07:17 AM   #3
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Funny how the "old school" aero brakes and barcons give a cleaner cable configuration than modern brifters. I have that setup with shift cable under the bar tape on my late 70's Univega.
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Ummm.... WOW

You and your friend did an outrageous job on that bike. Between his powdercoat and your work, that thing is NICE!!! I'm actually looking for a bike just like that to turn into an every day commuter.
Props to you for a job well done!

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Ummm.... WOW

You and your friend did an outrageous job on that bike. Between his powdercoat and your work, that thing is NICE!!! I'm actually looking for a bike just like that to turn into an every day commuter.
Props to you for a job well done!

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Glad you like it!

I'm glad to see so many commuting friendly new bikes being sold, but I think the perfect commuter for many people is a resurrected 70s 10 speed. They usually have all of the right features: clearance for fenders, fork/dropout eyelets, modern wheels fit easily enough..and they're cheap/free! I have perhaps $70 in new parts and maybe another $100 in "unrecouped leftover parts" costs in this bike.

My commute is 17.5 miles one way, and I have put many trouble free miles on this bike since I built it last summer.
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Very cool!
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Very nice bike!

What make is the frame?
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What make is the frame?
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I can't get over the stuff on the brakes...that's a whole new dimension of nasty.
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Congrats!

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thats very very nice good job
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I can't get over the stuff on the brakes...that's a whole new dimension of nasty.
Those were the Dia-Compe pseudo-gum-rubber hoods. I'd recognize them anywhere. We used to soak them in some kind of solvent, which they'd absorb, growing to twice their normal size.
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I didn't realize that bikes could get tumors.... yikes! Nice work.
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