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Old 06-10-15, 09:52 PM
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I'm Looking to Build a bike Like Gear Heads do Hot Rods

Hello! Over the next months, maybe year, I would enjoy building a vintage bicycle that when seen riding people would admire!
Looking to make it pretty unique. Maybe Campy Delta brakes? Colnago seems pretty sweet too for the bike frames.. I do like the Gios compact though! Any ideas? Looking to spend about 3-5 thousand depending on how sweet it can be. Campy groupo? vintage dura ace? New stuff on old frame? Carbon Lugged? Vintage Titanium? IDK Not sure yet, but I'll figure it out!! But I'll be honest guys, I'm mainly doing the whole project to impress my lady.... She's higher maintenance than the bike I want to fix up. But I'll tell you something, fixing up something to brand new and riding it for the first time..... you know the feeling(;.

Thanks and good riding fellas(;
Oh if you have any ideas about the bike stuff, hmu.

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Old 06-10-15, 10:25 PM
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How about getting a vintage frame that needs a new paint job and getting it uniquely painted and tricking it out with silver campy ergo. I would however, ride the frame and see if you like it first before you spend your money.
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If you're trying for "uniqueness", as so many are, then starting either with a used custom frame, a gas-pipe frame with "character", or with some frame of distinct design would get you off to a good start.

And for full "hot rod" effect, there is the "motor", it's riding season so now is the time to have the engine-building under way.

I recommend waiting for the right frame to come along, one that fits and that really talks to you in some way that will fully justify the effort in building it out.

Think outside the box!
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Originally Posted by Madrid View Post
Hello! But I'll be honest guys, I'm mainly doing the whole project to impress my lady.... She's higher maintenance than the bike I want to fix up. .
HELLO. Maybe you should aim for a $300 bike and put the rest toward a ring. You know what Byonce says.
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I am confused. Is the bike for your lady or for you to ride? For most women it is about the overall aesthetics and color, not whether it's Dura Ace or Campy.

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I don't really know what gear heads do with hot rods, and I didn't understand all of your post. If you're looking to bling it out, the question becomes what appeals to you as bling...most of us answer that question differently. If you want a unique to you bike, I'd go custom and go crazy with the paint. A Jenn Green head badge. As far as parts...it depends on your taste and the bike. As far as aesthetics and bling, I like the Mavic 851 group a lot. Early campy ergo stuff is BEAUTIFUL to my eyes (and it works well). Topline cranks are very appealing to me. Berthoud saddle.

It's hard to get more blinged than Rootboy bar ends with Handlebra barbtape.
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Oh if you have any ideas about the bike stuff
As with building any machine whose purpose is to be a static display for admiration purposes there are very strict aesthetic guidelines:
It must be totally impractical, gaudy, tasteless and if possible very loud.
Think Jesse James butchering a Merckx: "Hey, look at This!"

A display C&V road bicycle must be equipped with an AL straight block, all components drilled full of holes, silk tubulars on disc wheels and a frame from an obscure un-pronounceable Italian builder rumored to have built Moser's Hour Record machine. An '80's funny bike is the perfect candidate: useless, expensive and sure to attract attention.



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De Rosa comes to mind. I thought I would make more suggestions but as I think about it, it would be all about me. So if the customer is the lady, you need to know what would impress her. Sounds like a functional wall hanger to me. What ever you build, get spare parts so that if one no longer looks NOS, you can replace it.
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A hot rod?
Start with a Kirk Precision magnesium frame

I'd add more visually "exciting" components than shown here.

Or this version, but built up with a belt drive

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Tell us about the engine. The chassis and transmission have to suit the engine.
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I you're looking to impress a high maintenance girl in full riding getup, have I got some news for you.
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Tell us about the engine. The chassis and transmission have to suit the engine.
That does not matter at the coffee house, bike parked, nursing a cappicino.

Find a chrome lugged Hetchins and be done with it.
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For unique, I've always wanted to do a Dura Ace AX bike, and in fact had a few of the parts before I bailed out of the idea. Something like this is possible, because you occasionally see an aero tube columbus frame pop up for sale:

Tomo Aero head lugs

Then, ride it at the Dairyland Dare 200k or 250k. That will impress someone.
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For unique, I've always wanted to do a Dura Ace AX bike, and in fact had a few of the parts before I bailed out of the idea. Something like this is possible, because you occasionally see an aero tube columbus frame pop up for sale:

Tomo Aero head lugs

Then, ride it at the Dairyland Dare 200k or 250k. That will impress someone.
They're blingy as hell. The gruppo bites.



They are pretty and they do get attention.
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To me the real hotrod bikes are those lowriders or whatever they call them. Lowered, stretched out, tons of chrome, 200 spoke wheels, etc. Probably not all that fast although they look very cool.
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If it's C&V, it's been done before. Want a hot rod, build a bright red early 80's Colnago, Masi or DeRosa with full Super Record and enjoy the ride. Bike-wise, that's as good as it gets. If the girl doesn't get it, ...
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To me the real hotrod bikes are those lowriders or whatever they call them. Lowered, stretched out, tons of chrome, 200 spoke wheels, etc. Probably not all that fast although they look very cool.
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Find early 80's Italian steel with chromed lugs. Convert the front to 650c. I know you probably want something nice, and you want to fulfill your need to tinker. Go this route and you'll likely end up with something you love, something you don't see on the road much...which hotrod guys love to do already anyway.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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Hmm....

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does the op really mean hot rod?

as much as I respect lowriders (coming from a guy who owns a 64 impala on 13inch wires), they're really the kustoms of the bicycle world

a hot rod for me is an american built schwinn, perhaps a track frame. but probably a road bike converted into a fixed gear, or a 1x5 speed with a corn cob freewheel, 55t chainwheel, with all out drillium components. a negative rise quill stem with bullhorn handlebars. candy paint job, or maybe red white and blue.

most of the descriptions thus far all seem very ferrari to me...
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Hmm....

Yessir...

I like that C&V's character overrules trolling though. Earnest and thoughtful responses. I often think this is the only place on the internet that has this.
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Originally Posted by ezln64 View Post
does the op really mean hot rod?

as much as I respect lowriders (coming from a guy who owns a 64 impala on 13inch wires), they're really the kustoms of the bicycle world

a hot rod for me is an american built schwinn, perhaps a track frame. but probably a road bike converted into a fixed gear, or a 1x5 speed with a corn cob freewheel, 55t chainwheel, with all out drillium components. a negative rise quill stem with bullhorn handlebars. candy paint job, or maybe red white and blue.

most of the descriptions thus far all seem very ferrari to me...
I tend to agree with this. Hot rod to me seems like maybe a candy paint job, or at least very good condition OG paint, but with "upgraded" components and maybe a custom part or three. Obviously low rider bikes are "kustom" and that's way different.

The 80's funny bikes have always held a spot in my heart though, as much as people enjoy hating on them. I'll build one one of these days.

Now that I think of it, I'd much rather see a candy Colnago as described instead of a hipster fixie converted Pogliaghi with neon colored clips and tape and cool stickers all over it.

Edit: Just adding that OP should just find a bike that's nice and go from there, as long as he likes it, nothing else matters.

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Sorry to qoute the same band twice in one night, but "Guys go for looks, girls go for status."
Bicycles aren't status, even if you're famous. You need a '32 Ford roadster, maybe a Ferrari if you can afford a good one.
That said, I wonder what most C&V'ers would buy with 3-5k? Gold plated Campy Paramount, Mario Confetti, Dario PennePasta?
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Sorry to qoute the same band twice in one night, but "Guys go for looks, girls go for status."
Bicycles aren't status, even if you're famous. You need a '32 Ford roadster, maybe a Ferrari if you can afford a good one.
That said, I wonder what most C&V'ers would buy with 3-5k? Gold plated Campy Paramount, Mario Confetti, Dario PennePasta?
Hmmm...

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