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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
    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!

    Ben
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by illdoittomorrow View Post
    Very nice bike!

    What make is the frame?
    fuji

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by brockd15 View Post
    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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