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Old 04-02-16, 06:28 AM   #1
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Travesty

What is your worst travesty, or what was the worst travesty you have ever seen.
Example: a Sturmey Archer 3 speed coaster brake hub on a pristine Colonago with a market basket.

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I guess I don't consider anything reversible a travesty; the only stuff I really hate is when bits are hacked off of a very rare bicycle, which is far less common than most think.

The guy who puts a basket and SA hub on a Colnago sounds like q fun guy to chat with.
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My first harlequin bar wrap that I did with second hand tape got some rave reviews. Funny, it's still on the bike like four years later.
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In my collection, I have received more negative comments about this than anything else. Oh this is the only thing I have had negative comments on. If there was anything else, other than what I have said, it wasn't expressed.
[IMG]B_Y42410, on Flickr[/IMG]

BTW: the comments are about the HB tape!
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In my collection, I have received more negative comments about this than anything else. Oh this is the only thing I have had negative comments on. If there was anything else, other than what I have said, it wasn't expressed.
[IMG]B_Y42410, on Flickr[/IMG]

BTW: the comments are about the HB tape!
You deserve those comments!
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corrected by the way. Just uninstalled them off the bars day before yesterday.
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In my collection, I have received more negative comments about this than anything else. Oh this is the only thing I have had negative comments on. If there was anything else, other than what I have said, it wasn't expressed.
[IMG]B_Y42410, on Flickr[/IMG]

BTW: the comments are about the HB tape!
The only positive I can offer about that tape is that eventually it will wear out, decompose and join the top soil of a landfill.
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The only positive I can offer about that tape is that eventually it will wear out, decompose and join the top soil of a landfill.
Agreed.

Simply god awful.
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Agreed.

Simply god awful.
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when i got my g.record, it had a kickstand on it that imprinted the frame with its bracket.

i've bought several bikes that the previous owners just let rot. that's more of a travesty than mounting a kickstand, i guess. it takes a ton of work to refurbish a bike with lots of rust damage. these people should have been tarred and feathered at some point. or caned, whatever. i don't have one particular go-to as far as adequate punishment.
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corrected by the way. Just uninstalled them off the bars day before yesterday.
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I had this '80 Centurion Elite with David Lee Roth bar tape....

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How incredibly rusty this 753 frame was when I got it. Luckily once stripped the metal wasn't even pitted The rear brake cable was also hammered into the top of the seat tube so hard it left an impression on both sides the opening that had to be reamed out.
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when i got my g.record, it had a kickstand on it that imprinted the frame with its bracket.

i've bought several bikes that the previous owners just let rot. that's more of a travesty than mounting a kickstand, i guess. it takes a ton of work to refurbish a bike with lots of rust damage. these people should have been tarred and feathered at some point. or caned, whatever. i don't have one particular go-to as far as adequate punishment.
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corrected by the way. Just uninstalled them off the bars day before yesterday.
[IMG]1983 Colnago Superissimo, on Flickr[/IMG]
I see that you also "corrected" the saddle and the tail light (or was it a reflector)?
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Travesty with pics, kind of like a still-life painting, right?



1972 Motobecane Le Champion, complete with April 1973 invoice from the LBS who sold it. So what's the problem, you wonder? Plural problems. Some were abuse, some were poor decisions on the component specs.

The OO painted it poorly to Moto black/red because he liked it. Since someone had already tried removing the rattlecan stuff I took more off the fork. Alas, the OO had sanded the original paint.

The pedal threads accepted the French pedals but they weren't happy and may have had English (or cross-threaded) pedals forced in.

The Stronglight triple crank seems like a great idea but the ring choices turn out to be pointless for any real use.

The Suntour bar-ends seem like a great idea but with that handlebar bend they are a long way's down, too far for me (at least) to reach comfortably.

The hub bearing cones are pitted from abuse or rust, and a hard-to-replace size, one of the earlier Record models.

The rock-hard Brooks Pro appears to be beyond useful life. (I really wouldn't know because I have little experience with good leather saddles.)

One of the Universal brake levers was cracked (now replaced).

Oh, and the BB fixed cup is really stuck. (Yeah, I know, it's French.)

Some of the parts were rusty but cleaned up with OA.

I really don't know what to do with this. I could keep the paint as-is and turn it into a stealth bike. The frame is really light, as expected. I could dump the whole project onto one of you. I don't think I could ride it much in its current configuration. I can understand why the OO abused it, since it probably wasn't much friendlier to him than it is to me. So I'm open to suggestions...
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@D1andonlyDman - Tail light, tires, pump, NR pedals, NR to SR post, 170 to 172.5 cranks, IRD to Rigina block, and wheel set from Mavic 501/GL330 to LF Record/GP4.
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@jimmuller - Still have that thing!? is it a 24"?

Another one in the stable. Drewed and rattle canned with painted rust. Trek 610. Rear hub had the infamous HELICOMATIC destroyed cone and bent RD.

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Funny to me, my Colnago came to me with the same blue color, HB tape & yellow brake hoods. Not sure yet what I will be changing the HB tape to yet but looking like a solid yellow.
I am also looking for yellow cable casing as mine has black at the moment, There was a seller on the bay selling in 4ft pieces but wouldn't sell 4 -5 ft piece so I passed for now. Wasn't worth buying 8ft to have more than 3 ft leftover. My colnago is just solid blue with no white panels. Not sure of the model, pretty sure its an '82, wondering if might be Export model as I think it was all Gran Sport originally(still has brakes, headset, seatpost & left crank arm) but it does also have chrome lugs.
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@bikenbruce - Superissimo has chrome lugs. Not long after buying the bike in 2009, I purchased NOS period correct cables/housing from YJ. I don't think they have any left. Do a search.

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Reynolds 953

This is currently on eBay. It's made from Reynolds finest and most expensive tubeset (953 martensitic-aging stainless steel). It is correctly silver brazed together, which is also the only correct thing about it.

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@SJX426 yes and yes. It's standing in the garage along with the Centurion and the UO-8. Okay, it might be a 23, haven't checked it lately.
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Travesty? I knew a guy in Seattle who put a baby seat on the back of his curly-stay Hetchins... (sorry, no pics so I guess it didn't really happen)

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One of the Universal brake levers was cracked (now replaced).
Oh, and the BB fixed cup is really stuck. (Yeah, I know, it's French.)
I really don't know what to do with this.
Both my Universals were cracked. Is that a thing with these>
BB should actually be Swiss thread on a Moto, try turning the fixed cup the other way.
Save it till I've got a few more bucks and then sell it to me.
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