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Old 11-15-17, 12:21 AM
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Just got this today, and it won't be mine long, but it is orange, and pretty cool IMO:


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An Orangecycle, yum!


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Just got this today, and it won't be mine long, but it is orange, and pretty cool IMO:


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!973 Schwinn Continental in Sunset Orange.

As fate would have it, quite the contrast between Schwinn of 1973 and Schwinn of 1977.

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Nishiki Altron (frame) Vitus (fork) the rest mainly Shimano 600 / Dura ace .

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Old 10-01-20, 12:29 PM
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Wake up, October. Where are the orange bikes?
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Old 10-01-20, 01:17 PM
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I've never owned an orange bike, until this summer.


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Old 10-01-20, 01:38 PM
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One of ten or so according to Jim.




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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Wake up, October. Where are the orange bikes?
Looks like we hit the snooze button after 17.
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I still have this frame and it is still languishing.

Here's the pic of obrentharris's stunning resto, again.

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Old 10-01-20, 06:43 PM
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My first orange bike. I call it Halloween!
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I've posted my orange Borthwick previously, but since then I've tried wrapping the bars in the harlequin pattern using black and orange Tressostar tape.
Turns out that it's not easy to get that diamond pattern to work on the curves! Oh well, I'm sure that I can take another shot at it in a few years. I'm thinking I'll go with black and brown tape then. The orange tape fades too fast, and the mismatch with the paint is a bit annoying.



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Old 10-01-20, 07:20 PM
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My first ten speed was a Kabuki, so when I found this one, I had to have it. I've shown this bike before, but in different configurations. This one is closer to original except for the crankset and alloy wheels. With good tires, it actually rides pretty nice.


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Old 10-01-20, 07:53 PM
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97 Cannondale F1000 in Mango

Tuned up, washed and waxed.
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Old 10-01-20, 11:16 PM
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Old 10-02-20, 07:41 AM
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Old 10-02-20, 04:04 PM
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I have posted this bike before - in a build thread - but here it is again. One of my favs.

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Old 10-02-20, 05:14 PM
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Used to be a lot easier to find orange bikes! I've had both these for about 30 years.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I've posted my orange Borthwick previously, but since then I've tried wrapping the bars in the harlequin pattern using black and orange Tressostar tape.
Turns out that it's not easy to get that diamond pattern to work on the curves! Oh well, I'm sure that I can take another shot at it in a few years. I'm thinking I'll go with black and brown tape then. The orange tape fades too fast, and the mismatch with the paint is a bit annoying.



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Nice, I had one of Gordon's first 10 frames. Regretted selling that one.
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Can't believe I missed this post. SO for the 15th time...Centurion track.

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Nice, I had one of Gordon's first 10 frames. Regretted selling that one.
I'd be interested in hearing a bit more about that.

I was up in Ames visiting a friend and stopped in at one of the shops (not Micheals or Nims...) and mentioned that I was looking around for something to replace my well used Raleigh Gran Sport. It had a habit of shimmying on downhills, so I was looking for something more solid. The shop owner happened to have a frame built by Gordon B. and sent one of the staff to his home to fetch it. He let me do a quick test ride, and it was solid! Gordon was fond of using a large downtube to get rid of any flex (and it might have been a heavier gauge too). As you probably know, tandems were Gordon's main focus, which meant that he was used to tinkering with large tubes.

The shop owner gave me Gordon's contact info, I talked to him, visited and got fitted, and ended up with the frame shown in my post. This was in 1989, and the frame was his 33rd single frame. Not sure how many tandems he built.
In retrospect... the shimmy issue could probably have been solved in a different way. Oh well.
This frame has about 55,000 miles on it now and is still fine.

Gordon's work was largely taken over by Dave Huff. Dave did repaint my frame about 10 years ago, as well as spread the rear end from 126 to 130, and do a little work to provide more tire clearance under the fork.
edit: Dave also fixed the seat post binder ears that were bending inwards. That was an issue from the early days of the frame.
I think Gordon got into model trains, which seems perfect for a retired mechanical engineer.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I'd be interested in hearing a bit more about that.

I was up in Ames visiting a friend and stopped in at one of the shops (not Micheals or Nims...) and mentioned that I was looking around for something to replace my well used Raleigh Gran Sport. It had a habit of shimmying on downhills, so I was looking for something more solid. The shop owner happened to have a frame built by Gordon B. and sent one of the staff to his home to fetch it. He let me do a quick test ride, and it was solid! Gordon was fond of using a large downtube to get rid of any flex (and it might have been a heavier gauge too). As you probably know, tandems were Gordon's main focus, which meant that he was used to tinkering with large tubes.

The shop owner gave me Gordon's contact info, I talked to him, visited and got fitted, and ended up with the frame shown in my post. This was in 1989, and the frame was his 33rd single frame. Not sure how many tandems he built.
In retrospect... the shimmy issue could probably have been solved in a different way. Oh well.
This frame has about 55,000 miles on it now and is still fine.

Gordon's work was largely taken over by Dave Huff. Dave did repaint my frame about 10 years ago, as well as spread the rear end from 126 to 130, and do a little work to provide more tire clearance under the fork.
edit: Dave also fixed the seat post binder ears that were bending inwards. That was an issue from the early days of the frame.
I think Gordon got into model trains, which seems perfect for a retired mechanical engineer.

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My frame was built in 1981. I had it built as a sports touring frame. At that time you had to find your own painter. We built it for 27" wheels which I thought would be better for a tour I had planned. It was built with first generation Durace. I regretted pretty quickly and would have liked 700c better. I rode it on RAGBRAI in 1982 and it performed really well. If it would have had 700c I would have loved the bike, that sort of put me off on the bike so traded it at Michael's for a Strawberry frameset that had belonged to John Karras who is one of the founders for RAGBRAI. I then have ridden racing bikes pretty much since.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I've posted my orange Borthwick previously, but since then I've tried wrapping the bars in the harlequin pattern using black and orange Tressostar tape.
Turns out that it's not easy to get that diamond pattern to work on the curves! Oh well, I'm sure that I can take another shot at it in a few years. I'm thinking I'll go with black and brown tape then. The orange tape fades too fast, and the mismatch with the paint is a bit annoying.



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looks like my Halloween bike has a friend! I tried that wrap on my Raleigh and stopped at the brake levers , then went solid black. It is a bit tougher than it looks.
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