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Old 12-15-18, 12:38 PM
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I picked up this first gen Serotta Colorado as a frameset, early this summer, with a plan to have it ready for Eroica Ca in the spring. After a long summer gathering parts (still ongoing) and some frustration with the repaint. I decided to build it up with what I had on hand, just so I could get a few miles on it. I didnít want to throw more cash at it before I was sure it was going to work out for me...and I just really wanted to ride it. My aim is to have this period correct with a Dura Ace 7400 group. Wheels, cranks and seat post will be swapped out as the correct parts arrive or are made serviceable.
I had it out for an easy shake down ride yesterday, and even though itís not built the to spec - it rides very nice and looks a little bit sexy with the Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels.
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Old 12-15-18, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by eom View Post
I think a build thread is needed for this project.
LOL that's very kind. But I am taking lots of pics.... and documenting my progress.

My wife helped out. Lent me the use of her spray bottle of Goo Gone. And more importantly her finger nails. So now the frame is de-badged and decal free. I found a nice old rusty set of caliper brakes in one of my parts bins... and polished them shiny using a Brillo pad. And have mounted the hand brakes with cables and housings. I also found a white bottle holder. And since the wheels (tires) and chain guard are white.... have decided the bike is purple and white. The white saddle I ordered from Amazon should arrive today. But the white handlebar tape I ordered is taking a slow boat from China (heck it's only $2.63) and won't arrive till after the holidays.

I might have an extra saddle bag... or I might need to order me a cheap one of those too. I am mulling over new tires (thinking about using black ones to boot). But I could likely buy a parts bike for less if I wait till yard sale season. The nice part is this motivates me to sort through my old/extra parts. I think.... I have a set of road bike clipless pedals somewhere......

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I've had good luck with a heat gun. A blow dryer might do the trick .
Thank you for the suggestion and confirmation. I had searched the Interweb and concluded that a heat gun is the way to go. My wife is the painter in our household so I asked to borrow her heat gun. But she not only suggested Goo Gone and painstakingly picking at the decals.... she did it for me. Her method was completely effortless (for me). And the bike does look great. So much more grown-up and road bike-like without the kiddie decals. Thanks again!
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Old 12-15-18, 05:31 PM
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Still lots of work needs to be done. Besides waiting for the handlebar tape to arrive from China... I've ordered a set of training wheels (it is a 12" bike). But I think it's recognizable as to what I am attempting to make here. Adding both a B4 and "not-yet-done" pic.
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Old 12-16-18, 12:10 PM
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Needs pedals and a seat adjust to be done. Too wet for shakedown ride


These were being built for this and other builds.


I may put the toe clips found in the front bag on these.
Shop is getting crowded!
Easiest bike to get to till the weather clears up!
Iíve been working on of the winter MTBs.
With their handlebars two MTBs take up as much or more room as four road bikes!
Anyhow...very little info on these bikes.
I donít remember remember working on this, but, there is a brand new chain and all parts work like they are supposed to.
There is a very nice Cídale front bag somewhere with the confines of the shop that came attached to the bike.
Got it!
With treasures inside!
Iím rebuilding some mks pedals with some mini half toe clips to replace these.
Hmmmmmmm...I may reconsider.
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Old 12-16-18, 01:25 PM
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1986 Fuji Sagres. Every Fuji I have worked on has been nice.
Headed to Craigslist. Hope Santa needs one for his list.

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Old 12-16-18, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by velomateo View Post

I picked up this first gen Serotta Colorado as a frameset, early this summer, with a plan to have it ready for Eroica Ca in the spring. After a long summer gathering parts (still ongoing) and some frustration with the repaint. I decided to build it up with what I had on hand, just so I could get a few miles on it. I didnít want to throw more cash at it before I was sure it was going to work out for me...and I just really wanted to ride it. My aim is to have this period correct with a Dura Ace 7400 group. Wheels, cranks and seat post will be swapped out as the correct parts arrive or are made serviceable.
I had it out for an easy shake down ride yesterday, and even though itís not built the to spec - it rides very nice and looks a little bit sexy with the Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels.
That looks great. I like that shade of red, and the blue bar tape is a nice touch.
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Old 12-16-18, 01:34 PM
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Winter project - Bruce Gordon cotton candy monstercross




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Old 12-16-18, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
Winter project - Bruce Gordon cotton candy monstercross




Holy c**p, that is awesome! Looks like a bit of a challenge with the cabling, is the FD direct mount, something special?

This frame is lucky it found you.
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Old 12-16-18, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Holy c**p, that is awesome! Looks like a bit of a challenge with the cabling, is the FD direct mount, something special?

This frame is lucky it found you.
Thanks!!! No front derailleur, I have a nice White Industries Eno crankset to run 1x9 with a campy brifter and tektro brake calipers (BG canti's).
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Old 12-16-18, 02:25 PM
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Road ID



Choices...
Between rebuilding some awesome MKS A-1 pedals and adding toe clips to same, I took some time to change my Road ID wrist band.
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Old 12-16-18, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post


Thanks!!! No front derailleur, I have a nice White Industries Eno crankset to run 1x9 with a campy brifter and tektro brake calipers (BG canti's).
Doh! C+V road brain, blew right past, didn't go to the 1x place.

You're welcome, love it. What/was FD originally?

Very cool to "upgrade" this to "modern" since it wrote the book.
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Old 12-16-18, 03:05 PM
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@Wildwood stopped by for a few hours yesterday. We taped up a brand-new pair of Veloflex tubulars for his Bottecchia. First time I ever taped/glued a sewup to a rim. Fun, and surprisingly easy.

Here's Stuart cleaning out the old cement from the spoke eyelets:



We did a quick 15 miles on the trail afterwards to try them out; short, but sweet, but at least it was completely dry.

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Old 12-16-18, 03:16 PM
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Nice hat!

I wrenched on the kitchen faucet today. No pics, though. Good thing no one recorded audio!
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Rough installation on the 460 (For Sale thread). Crappy tires are placeholders till I get some Paselas ordered, black bar tape and shellac next weekend most likely. Went with the CR-18 wheel set I had, since the matching 600 felt a little rough (understandable given the bike it came from).

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I finally finished the paint on the 1975? ItalVega Nuovo Sport (serial # *12302 *)

Here she is in her new clothes

New (or refurbed)
Crank axle and cranks/ chainrings
Front and rear derailleurs (Suntour)
Perfect freewheel
KMC chain
1 1/8 x 27" tires
Nisi Toro Aluminum rims
Stem (no name forged aluminum)
Specialized riser bars ( they were very wide so I cut off 2 inches . Better now)
grips
SunRace friction shifters ( I really like these . they are cheap, look good and work well)
Cable and housing
Seat (from a donation)
SR seat post
Black metal flat pedals.

The only thing that I didn't get from the Bike Exchange parts bins was the paint. one can Rustoleum high performance yellow enamel, one can Rustoleunm clear enamel, and a can of Rustoleum light grey primer.

Next up :

A 1974? ItalVega Nuovo Record. Can't decide if I want to leave the blue paint with lots of "patina" or paint it. Mild or wild? maybe red, white and green . Now THAT would scream ITALIAN !!!

What would YOU do?

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Old 12-23-18, 06:35 PM
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Nice job on the yellow bike. Iíve tried flat bars on my ou-8 and found it to be twitchy. Depends on the bike for me as far as patina goes. Iíve been working on this 12.2. Adding more upswept bars and Schwinn adjustable brake levers.
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^^Really knocking it out of the ball park with your Schwinn!
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Old 12-23-18, 09:34 PM
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The hex nut here was frozen to the pivot bolt. Itís also stripped out. So Iíve been soaking it in penetrant for days. I finally disassembled the brake on the fork, used a cone wrench on the pivot bolt, and got it to budge using a breaker bar for leverage.

In order to spin it all the way off however, the crown race also had to come off.

Finally! The Superbe is fully liberated, and ready to reassemble!




Interesting side note: Serrated washer is Campy Patent


Anyone know what size recessed hex nut I need for these Superbeís pivot bolt?

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I re-dished the rear wheel, and threw a singlespeed 17t freewheel and 700x35 Kenda Happy Medium CX tires on my Passage frame today.

Gearing is 30x17, and braking with old pads is marginal.

Hoping to have some fun with this off-road this winter as well as ride it in a local CX series in the spring, but I will likely tear it back down because historically I don't really enjoy riding singlespeeds that much.

It was fun to build up though!

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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
The hex nut here was frozen to the pivot bolt. Itís also stripped out. So Iíve been soaking it in penetrant for days. I finally disassembled the brake on the fork, used a cone wrench on the pivot bolt, and got it to budge using a breaker bar for leverage.

In order to spin it all the way off however, the crown race also had to come off.

Finally! The Superbe is fully liberated, and ready to reassemble!




Interesting side note: Serrated washer is Campy Patent


Anyone know what size recessed hex nut I need for these Superbeís pivot bolt?
I believe the threading and the OD is the same on all/most, only difference usually being length/depth of it. Many new calipers come with multiple lengths for different forks/applications, etc. Any LBS or co-op should a bin overflowing with them, if not I may be able to send you some.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I believe the threading and the OD is the same on all/most, only difference usually being length/depth of it. Many new calipers come with multiple lengths for different forks/applications, etc. Any LBS or co-op should a bin overflowing with them, if not I may be able to send you some.
I was hoping thatíd be true of the OD and threading. With that said, Iíll quit procrastinating, and head to the co-op for a search. If I canít turn one up Iím sure the shop I support will have it. And thanks for the generous offer btw. Doubtful that Iíll need to, but if I must, Iíll take you up on it.
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I was hoping thatíd be true of the OD and threading. With that said, Iíll quit procrastinating, and head to the co-op for a search. If I canít turn one up Iím sure the shop I support will have it. And thanks for the generous offer btw. Doubtful that Iíll need to, but if I must, Iíll take you up on it.
No worries, get it on.
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I finished my child's road bike build. The grand daughters love it.
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