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    Senior Member Tapeworm21's Avatar
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    My before and after commuter!

    My own little pride and joy. A guy I know was selling this bike and all that went through my head was, "Oh no, I need this bike and probably don't need another." SOooooooo I bought it and did a little experiment with it. The goal was to make it say "ME!" I don't deal with all 4 seasons in CA but made this bike ideal for anywhere I live in the future. Probably will never sell this bike, it's really growing on me as I ride it more.

    It showed up at my doorstep like this:


    Kinda boring. No character really, just a "Bleh" looking bike from the early 90's. Got it for $200 so the price seemed right.

    Here's the after:



    Honestly, it cost a lot to restore it... more (way more) than what I initially paid. But again, I wanted to make a project out of it. After 3 or 4 pay checks, here's the upgrades:

    Paint job
    Tires
    Fenders
    A rack that doesn't rattle
    Shorter toe clips (Others would overlap the fenders waaaay too much)
    New cassette
    New chain
    New bartape
    New saddle
    New headset
    Estimated total price: $800 or so

    In the end I was surprised at how easy it is to really clean a bike up. The tires made all the difference by changing them from a 32c to a 42c. The big question was, "Will my frame allow a bigger tire?" Well, not really but I make it work.



    Pretty damn close, maybe a 5mm gap. If I get out of the saddle and "sprint," it rubs like a mother f'er. If I run the tires at a higher PSI, it rubs too. That said, never sprint with groceries in your panniers. Lesson learned.

    Next on the list is a NiteRider TriNewt. Sadly, my actual commute is 1.5 miles to work. However, I never drive my car so it's almost "all I got."
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    Very cool. Just out of curiosity how did you get it painted? Did you send it out somewhere or do it yourself? Is it powder or some kind of polyurethane?

    At some point I'd love to take some old bike and restore it as well.

    John

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    Senior Member Tapeworm21's Avatar
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    Professional painter. $110 for sand blast/paint. Upon close inspection it isn't the BEST paint job ever, but it's pretty. Maybe in a few years I'll change the color so I'm not too concerned with the blemishes. Silver is my next color choice For now, it needs to get me to work and all of my errands around town. Seems to flip the bill just fine so far!
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    Nce job. I love to see people fixing up old bikes rather than trashing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapeworm21 View Post
    The goal was to make it say "ME!"
    Quote Originally Posted by Tapeworm21 View Post
    Kinda boring. No character really, just a "Bleh" looking bike from the early 90's.
    Well, I'm glad you met your goal.
    Actually, for some reason i read that as the description to the AFTER. Cracked me up until i re-read it.

    Seriously though, I like it. Nice and clean.
    I wonder if the brakes will allow you to convert it to 650b?
    That would give you the extra tire clearance you're after.
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    Just curious why you run 42s if they sometimes rub on the stays. Wouldn't 37s give a nice, plush ride without the rubbing?

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