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I miss them. So I bought a Lemond

Old 07-29-15, 09:00 AM
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I miss them. So I bought a Lemond

With my move to England imminent, being about n-10, my Tommasini Competizione, Pinarello Catena Lusso, Raleigh Super Course and even my beloved Viscount sold and my tailbone mostly healed, I have felt the pull for a new rider. I picked up a beaten 2000 853 Lemond Buenos Aires recently. It had been a trainer bike for an apparantly very sweaty Russian guy. In my withdrawals I hastily, possibly foolhardily bought without checking it out as well as i should. I eagerly handed over my cash like a heroin addict buy his next fix not caring how cut it is.

Once home sanity had returned and I checked out my crazed purchase. Stuck seatpost and stem (my first truly stuck stem) loose BB and rust abound. There were also no brake calipers but I did know this, I spotted it as the guy pointed out there were no calipers. So onto eBay for the BB and replacement calipers. The seatpost removed, the stem removal was attemped and I decided it was perfectly adjusted for me anyway it is too nice to destroy removing it. The bearings were cleaned and lubed, yes even the head bearings although it was a pain to do. Regular service resumed with cables, bar tape, etc, etc. The rusty TT was sanded and rattlecanned with decals masked to protect it. It looks ok from 20 feet or so. This morning was the first ride for the bike and me for a number of weeks nursing my tailbone. 13miles and all was well, I know its heresy, but I prefer Shimano STIs over Ergo's. The Lemonds ride is beautiful and I have a beater to see out my next 2 months or so in the US, I may even find room for this one in the moving crate as it was cheap enough and doesnt have the resale value of my other bikes. Who knows it may even get a repaint once I have moved.

I know 2000 is not exactly vintage but in the "what year" thread the 853 Lemonds were deemed a classic so here it is.
As bought, after seat post removal.






This morning
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Old 07-29-15, 09:19 AM
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Very nice! I've been doing most of my riding this summer on a 1997 Lemond Buenos Aires, also made from Reynolds 853. I converted it to 650B x 38mm tires, which involved dimpling the chain stays in my basement vise. Perhaps it's the tubing, but it's super responsive and a great climber. Did a hilly 106 miles on it last Friday.
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Old 07-29-15, 09:45 AM
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Looks Awesome!! Great job.
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Old 07-29-15, 10:24 AM
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Bring it to England. Then sell it to me...
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Start looking for a replacement stem now, and when the riding season is over you can do a proper destructive removal of the seized one. My favourite method is the loosen-bolt/rapidfire-maniacal-blows-to-the-underside-with-a-hammer technique.
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Old 07-29-15, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
...I converted it to 650B x 38mm tires, which involved dimpling the chain stays in my basement vise.
Wow, that's pretty bold. I like a man who uses his bench vise with such confidence
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Old 07-29-15, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Wow, that's pretty bold. I like a man who uses his bench vise with such confidence
Yeah, it seemed like a bit of a crazy idea, but I didn't have much invested in this frame, and it was in far from pristine condition. Here's an action shot of the process:



And the result:

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A similar method for indenting chainstays (from an old post in the "Framebuilders" forum which linked to a no-longer-updated blog) is here, about halfway down -- the description and accompanying photos are very helpful.
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Old 07-29-15, 01:19 PM
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Congrats. Picked up an 01 Zurich this month myself. Will you be putting bottle cages on this?
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Old 07-29-15, 06:22 PM
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Nice build! Steel Lemonds are one of the most undervalued bikes, IMO. They fall between C&V and modern, so they generally don't get too much attention, but most of them were built with top-of-the-line steel tubing, and they have a versatile geometry that is both sporty and comfortable. I have a Croix de Fer from the Trek years, assembled in USA with True Temper OX, that rides so smooth.
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Old 07-29-15, 08:19 PM
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Thanks for the kind words all. I will be putting cages on at some point, probably before my next ride. I put a few more miles on it this afternoon and am surprised that these bikes don't have more of a following.
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Possibly thread hijack but this pertains to a thought I had yesterday. It would be kind of neat to have a collection of bikes name branded after famous racers:

LeMond
Merckx
Coppi
Cipollini (not C+V but still)
Basso - not Ivan as far as I know, but maybe still counts
Boardman

Any others? You'd think there would be a lot more.

Nice work on the LeMond. An under appreciated brand.
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Old 07-30-15, 12:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Possibly thread hijack but this pertains to a thought I had yesterday. It would be kind of neat to have a collection of bikes name branded after famous racers:

LeMond
Merckx
Coppi
Cipollini (not C+V but still)
Basso - not Ivan as far as I know, but maybe still counts
Boardman

Any others? You'd think there would be a lot more.

Nice work on the LeMond. An under appreciated brand.
How could you forget one of the oldest? Olmo

OLMO
Lemond
Merckx
Coppi
Cipollini
Boardman
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Old 07-30-15, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Possibly thread hijack but this pertains to a thought I had yesterday. It would be kind of neat to have a collection of bikes name branded after famous racers:

LeMond
Merckx
Coppi
Cipollini (not C+V but still)
Basso - not Ivan as far as I know, but maybe still counts
Boardman

Any others? You'd think there would be a lot more.

Nice work on the LeMond. An under appreciated brand.
Basso definitely counts. Named for the Basso brothers, including former Rainbow Jersey wearer Marino Basso.

As for others, off the top of my head:

Anquetil
Geminiani
Bottecchia
Cinelli
Moser
Bataglin
John Howard (made by Dave Moulton)
Davis Phinney (made by Serotta?)
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That Buenos Aires is pretty... From here. 'Glad it rides well.

I'm in with a Fondriest from 1999 or 2000--funky hydro formed Dedaccia steel and a very colorful paint job...fantastic ride. Maurizio wore the rainbow jersey and won Milan-San Remo

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I picked up a LeMond Tourmalet frameset (853/525, steel fork) plus some accessories a few weeks ago for $150. I didn't make any effort to build a light bike, just threw parts on hand onto it. It came out to be quite light. The top tube is so long that I had to swap my usual 120mm stem for a 100mm.

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Good for you! Those 853 Lemonds are as tough as nails. You're the real deal for taking on a stuck post AND stem and using a little sandpaper and a rattlecan to fix up a crusty top tube.
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Put some gravel tires on that and it would be a great gravel grinder!
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Nice score, and an excellent reconditioning. I love how my 853 bike rides (2000 Jackson), and I think there's a pretty good chance this will make up for a few of the -10.
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