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Old 04-22-19, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Thanks! She'll look even better when she's finished. I want to get the black off the crank arms & ring, but I'm afraid the only way is with sandpaper and elbow grease. Yuck. Same with the seat post. Still have to find a nice mirror and head light, and think about installing the grey/sliver Planet Bike plastic fenders I impulsively bought. Take those stickers off (not sure how), clean up the rust, and clean and polish the frame.
Yeah, I think it will look cleaner without the black portions. Keep us up to date on the future mods!
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Old 04-22-19, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by lorenzo_de_leon View Post
I've used Klean Strip (the gel kind) to strip frames before. Works really fast, gotta be careful with long sleeves and rubber gloves though...
I think this is anodized, not painted.
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Old 04-22-19, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I think this is anodized, not painted.
Blurg. That is a pain, I'm sure you'll knock it out - good luck! I did happen to see a thread in the single speed & fixed gear sub where someone removed anodized finish with oven cleaner...

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Old 04-23-19, 09:05 AM
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Switched out the stem for a new nitto. And found an old seat post in the junk pile to raise up the seat a bit more. Pretty fun little bike.
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Old 04-23-19, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by lorenzo_de_leon View Post
Blurg. That is a pain, I'm sure you'll knock it out - good luck! I did happen to see a thread in the single speed & fixed gear sub where someone removed anodized finish with oven cleaner...
Guy at the bike shop opined that it's painted; I'll try a stripper.

Oven cleaner is interesting; must be hard on the aluminum.
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Old 04-24-19, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Guy at the bike shop opined that it's painted; I'll try a stripper.

Oven cleaner is interesting; must be hard on the aluminum.
What's the BCD of your rings and your preferred crank length? Assuming you aren't running a 10s cassette, I might have a crankset in silver that I could send you. Playing with oven cleaner and harsh abrasives for the sake of vanity is not worth it.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
Oven cleaner is interesting; must be hard on the aluminum.
Yeah, can't say I've tried that one. Kind of the "nuclear option" for modifying bike components.
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Old 04-24-19, 09:50 AM
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What's the BCD of your rings and your preferred crank length? Assuming you aren't running a 10s cassette, I might have a crankset in silver that I could send you. Playing with oven cleaner and harsh abrasives for the sake of vanity is not worth it.
What's the what? And I have zero idea what my preferred crank length is; my Liv Rove has 170's and the Princess has 175's and both seem to work, I guess? I'm still learning, and how crank arm length interacts with saddle height is a vast mystery. (And now I'm consulting with Sheldon, so all shall be revealed.)

I have no intention to ever use oven cleaner on anything, not even an oven. Thank you so much for your offer, but I would rather learn how to strip it, for future projects.
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Originally Posted by lorenzo_de_leon View Post
Yeah, can't say I've tried that one. Kind of the "nuclear option" for modifying bike components.
Hey, look at that! You can post pics now! Woot!
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Old 04-24-19, 05:47 PM
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Hey, look at that! You can post pics now! Woot!
Oh snap! Well in that case...
Some pics of the '96 Kona I built for mah behbeh:
Swapped the stem for a threadless adapter


Threw in some friction thumb shifters


Love these Velo Orange Klunker bars


Big 'ol basket
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Old 04-24-19, 06:35 PM
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Cool build,Lorenzo! Interesting saddle too.
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Originally Posted by lorenzo_de_leon View Post
Oh snap! Well in that case...
Some pics of the '96 Kona I built for mah behbeh:
Woah, that is an interesting saddle. Deets! And how does she like the ride?
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Old 04-25-19, 04:17 AM
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Woah, that is an interesting saddle. Deets! And how does she like the ride?
It's an Ergo "the seat" ultimate saddle. Their descriptions and claims to "healthier" saddles are a bit laughable but it's the only thing that's comfortable for her. Normal saddles = almost immediate discomfort but this one seems to do the trick. Personally, I think it feels a bit odd but it is definitely comfy; if my setups were as upright as hers tend to be I would consider using one.

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Old 04-25-19, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
Cool build,Lorenzo! Interesting saddle too.
Thanks! I'm jealous, wish I had a setup like this in my size.
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Old 04-28-19, 11:06 AM
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Still in love with this one.

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Old 05-02-19, 01:40 PM
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This thread was my inspiration for putting this one together. Thanks everyone!

It's a 1989 (I think) Nishiki Cascade in 21" size. I bought it in mostly original condition for $100 to use as my gym/errand bike, but never warmed up to it in stock form.

Now it has a Dimension cruiser bar, Nitto MT10 stem, and Schwalbe Big Bens. It's super comfortable for city riding. I'm thrilled with it.
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Old 05-02-19, 05:37 PM
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that's better.
A fine steed that deserved better pictures.
A winter snow bike that gets put away now.
Ah Spring, bring it on.
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Old 05-04-19, 01:29 PM
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That's awesome! Is there a "before" pic?
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Thank you, unfortunately no before pics
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Put my Bianchi to work today!



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Put my Bianchi to work today!
Someone in this thread was speculating that your front rack would not be enough for your wine hauling. How did it feel through your haul? Looks like it did just fine!
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Originally Posted by C9H13N View Post
It's super comfortable for city riding. I'm thrilled with it.
That's a right purty bike; crazy tall Nitto stem. What kind of rack ya got there?
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Originally Posted by lorenzo_de_leon View Post
That's a right purty bike; crazy tall Nitto stem. What kind of rack ya got there?
Thank you!

The rack is a Racktime Addit.

Mounting it was a little weird because the seat stays are a wishbone monostay. The rear v-brake and rack struts were a tight fit but everything worked out in the end.
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Someone in this thread was speculating that your front rack would not be enough for your wine hauling. How did it feel through your haul? Looks like it did just fine!
The rack held up great. It was cumbersome when I had to stand to climb an extended hill, but as long as I did not throw the bike sideways I was fine. The wood dividers rattled a lot and I am going to have to figure out a bungie system to hold it still.
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I swapped out my porteur wine box for a Wald basket to see which I like better. The wood box acted like an acoustic amplifier for the road noise! The rack is more aerodynamic, lighter and my wife says looks nicer. But now I need to get a bag to carry stuff in the rack.

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