NOTE: Started a new thread with the BB question, since I thought it might be helpful for others.
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Well, I visited Steve Garn at BREW Bikes up in Ashe County, NC. He looked the frame over and we talked about powdercoat vs paint. He showed me some samples and also a couple of custom motorcycle frames he had powder coated with a color called "black chrome." It is almost a perfect match for the dark pewter metallic that is failing on this bike. As I said in earlier posts, the Imron paint is in much worse shape than photos reveal. It seems to just be "letting go," (see photo) and there are lots of spider lines and large patches of hideous touch-up with rust under them. Steve was cool with me blasting the frame myself ("It'll save you a hundred bucks!") and taking it back to him to powdercoat after it's prepped.
This morning, I took photos/measurement of the size and placement of the decals. Then I used the blow dryer/dental tape trick, and removed the head badge with no trouble. It'll go back on when I build it back up. While I had the blow dryer going, I used it on the seat tube decal, and with a little care and coaxing, got it off in one piece. So, that gives me an option for scanning, I suppose. For the record, it appears to be a vinyl sticker, and was not under clearcoat. The only other sticker is the Reynolds one.
So, I'll get this frame in the sandblast booth sometime next week probably. Anyone who has blasted frames here? I'd appreciate any tips/tricks for protecting the BB, rack, water bottle, dropout adjuster and derailleur hanger threads. Just run in spare/scrap ones to protect the threads, and plug the BB, steerer, and weeps? Finally, lest anyone point out that I'm ruining the "collectability" of this bike...I truly appreciate that point of view, but I intend to ride this thing until I can't ride bikes anymore (I'm 50 now). The frame wasn't going to last as is, and Steve said he'll be happy to braze in silver for any existing pitting or needed repairs. I'll post another update as the process goes forward. Lotsa fun!
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Stopped by Magic Cycles (my LBS) this afternoon and scored a scrap derailleur hanger bolt to use while sandblasting, and had enough spares for the other bosses. Would a Q-tip body or coffee-stirrer be good enough to protect the dropout adjuster threads? That's the only thing left to sort out before I can media blast it. Those dropout adjustment screws aren't just lying around everywhere, and I didn't want to wreck good ones. Anyone have experience with that?
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Found time to get the frame/fork blasted this afternoon. The imron did its job for 30 years, but it came off very easily in large areas. I was happy to find only minimal topical rust, and only one or two small spots that had some small pitting. Other than that, the frame is in lovely shape. Nice Suntour GS dropouts, and to my surprise, campy brazed-on cable guides. Still deciding about any additional bosses or stops I want brazed on while it is stripped. I dunno, I kinda like it the way it is...maybe an extra water bottle on the seat tube. I'll always run barcons on this bike; would you get stops added and forgo the suntour "cigar band" on the downtube?
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if you are going to get other work done, say water bottle mounts, then go ahead and get the DT mounts. i'd actually prefer the band than mounts + stops, but you might change your mind about DT shifters. it would also slightly help resale value.
+1 on having the DT mounts added.
Looking forward to the finished product.
I would probably think about putting rack bosses put on the fork. I agree on the dt shifter bosses, leave them off.
Just a quick update. Dropped the frame off to Steve Garn over at BREW Bikes. After talking about options, and considering how I'm gonna use the bike, I decided on braze-ons. He's adding rack bosses on the front fork for a handlebar bag, DT shifter bosses, ST water bottle bosses, and lastly, a boss on the chainstay brace behind the BB for ease of rear fender mounting. So, seven braze-ons altogether. Steve is teaching a frame-building class next week, so it might be a couple/few weeks until I get it back.
JR. is gonna hook me up with replacement decals. Since I'm going back with a dark pewter powdercoat, I'm planning on changing the seat tube decal to one with a darkish red background. This is just a personal aesthetic choice.
I'll post some pics when I pick up the frame.
Are you going to get brake pivots? I understand the ones for cantis result in a bike where you can't easily change tire size, even from 700 to 27" and back. However, I haven't tried them. I'm not sure any single brake can accommodate 650 through 27 inch. But I've found the Mafac Racer brakes have not only a long reach but can adjust down to a very short reach. If you get Mafac pivots put on and placed correctly, you should have a very adjustable and powerful brake system. You'll need to get a rear cable hangar brazed on - the various bolt-on solutions don't work too well on these frames, even with a 27.4 mm seattube.
No, though I pondered that too. I'm not doing cantis on this one. I'm not going to do unsupported touring on this bike, and I'm less than 160 lbs. I plan to go back with Tektro dual pivots/kool stops. I do have a pair of vintage gran compe centerpulls lying around, but didn't want to commit to a brazed on hanger. My wife has been eyeing them for her bike posted earlier up the thread. Perhaps they'd work for her (light as she is), even mounted on a center bolt.
I really appreciate all the thoughtful questions and advice in this thread.
Steve finished the powdercoat job and I recently picked it up. The color was called "black chrome" and it was a perfect match for the dark pewter color that was on the bike originally. What a lovely job he did with the brazing, adding DT shifter bosses, extra water bottle bosses on the seat tube, rack mounts on the front fork, and even a boss on the chainstay brace behind the BB in case I decide to add fenders. The powdercoat job looks like paint to me. Wow. I'm not a photographer, but did the best I could here...
Not bad when you can still read the dropouts after a powdercoat job.
Rack mounts on the front fork.
Head tube, still with excellent lug detail.
Lastly a photo of Steve (L) in front of his shop, Brew Bikes in Creston, NC. What a great guy, and what a great job. Recommended highly!
Congratulations on the great results on the frame. You made a great Trek so many times better...but I wish i was able to add one suggestion for an additional braze-on detail.....a chain hanger peg on the drive side seatstay! I can't seem to see one on the frame in your pics. I personally could not live without one on my bikes. I'm really puzzled why they don't have them on new bikes these days...
Have fun with the Trek when you finally get it back on the road this season(?)!
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For what it's worth, I recently bought a UN-55 bottom bracket with 127.5mm spindle to use with my Sugino AT cranks. Those are some fine cranks, you could climb some real grades with gears like that.
The frame looks great! I've never seen fork bosses that go all the way through like that.
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That is one of the best p'coat jobs I've seen posted on here.
If you're interested in the decals, I bought my powder blue w/yellow trim ST ('83 600) from velocals, and it was easy to apply. He has many color options available on this one.
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1972 special CNC (under construction)_1972 Frejus (ala Legnano) ______1978 Raleigh Professional (for sale)
1980 Ranson_____________________ 1980 unknown French (my SS)__ 1982 Peugeot PXN10
1983 Trek 600____________________ 1985 Gianni Motta (for sale)____ 1988 Guerciotti GLX (for sale)
1990 Miele Gara___________________ 2002 Casati Dardo (green/blue)_ 2002 Casati Dardo (yellow/black)
2003 Casati Dardo_________________ 2008 BF IRO (my fixed)________ 2010 Vassago Fisticuff (my IGH)
I've never seen fork bosses like this either. We originally agreed on eyelets brazed on the fronts of the fork blades, but Steve told me that he decided to do it "old school touring" style. He's forgotten more about bikes than I'll ever know, so I figure, fair enough! It will be interesting to see how they work, and what attachment options they provide. I plan to make my own front rack for this bike, so I was thinking I could maybe do something cool with an attachment on each side or something.
The original headset was indexed, and the races in poor shape. After taking a digital caliper to the steer tube and the old headset, I was surprised to find that this frame takes a FULL JIS headset (30.0 cups, 27.0 crown race; the steer tube ID on this frame is 29.8). The pickings are pretty slim on these as far as I can tell. I've only found a couple online:
Here's a cheap one from Ben's Cycle (I emailed to make sure it was really 30.0 and not a typo)
Here a nicer one from Niagra (stack height is better on this one, too).
Mazdaspeed posted a thread about this last year. Shopping online is frustrating as he points out, due to lack of provided specs.
Suggestions? I suppose I'm leaning toward the LV-11.
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Almost ready to start building it up. Waiting on one replacement decal, and I need to find some replacement inner chainring bolts for the sugino triple. The old ones are completely rusted out and would look lousy on the new build. Original 27 in Rigidas are have been cleaned up and trued with the hubs rebuilt. Front and rear cyclones have been cleaned/serviced and are ready to go (I even repainted the black background behind the logo on the rear derailleur). Freewheel is ready to go, as well as the rest of the drivetrain. I'm planning to change the half-step gearing, which doesn't work so well for me up here in the mountains. I'm going with 26-36-48 I think. Depends on which freewheel I go back with...this thing had a 14-34 with 26-40-45 on it when I bought it, so chain wrap may be an issue if I stick with the original freewheel. I'll have to do all the math when I get right down to it.
Chombi: Note the chain hanger!
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