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Old 11-09-08, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Look at that - a one-piece crankset that adapts TA Pro 3 Vis rings onto it!

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I believe that the crank and bottom bracket set up on old Crescents like this one is a Thompson...from what I have seen working on a number of these I know they did not use an Ashtabula crank/bb.

This makes servicing old Crescent bottom brackets very difficult as it has been almost 50 years since these were used and even then... they were not common.
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Austro-Daimler "Pacifica" restore

Finally finished my 1980-something Austrian Puch Austro-Daimler "Pacifica" that I found in a thrift store for $20. The frame is lugged molybdem, 27" wheels are aluminum alloy (Weinmann, made in Belgium), Suntour AZX drs, 5-sprocket cluster and 2 chain rings. Its a classic early 80s "10-speed," actually.

The bike is really nice now. New tires (Vittoria Zaffiros), tubes, and rim tape; new cables all around; lubed everything except the BB (don't have the right tool); new bar tape, shifter levers and hoods, and new saddle (old one from my other bike). Renewed clip straps and re-lubed pedals. I cleaned everything and found the paint to be near-perfect - it just needed some "Bike Lust."

It rides nice - smooth, and great at climbing. Absolutely silent. I can go every bit as fast on this bike as I can on my "fancy" modern new-tech road bike, but this bikes got soul. This was a very satisfying project - and I can feel the addiction taking hold. I want to do another one!
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Stunningly beautiful.
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MY first post!! yay!! I've been out of biking for 5-6 years. I used to commute on an old Schwinn sprint road bike back then but after a really bad crash I stopped riding... well now I have a $156,000 Vintage bike! lol.. ok well I actually bought my first house and it had a 1972 Schwinn Suburban hanging in the garage..



My guess it has been hanging up there for a heck of a long time. the tires and tubes were literally crumbling and the brake pads were rock hard. all the bare metal had minor pitting but mechanically it was all oiled and smooth still. Looked like someone was spraying it down with oil once in a while. So.. After some new tubes, tires, brake pads, and TLC... Its in top notch condition and rides very well.



It Works out perfectly because I was going to buy a bike anyhow to ride to the store and friends houses to save money on gas because my Camaro just chugs gas on short trips. I just installed an inexpensive rack on the back and picked up a flashlight mount for it as well. Its interesting riding it around because everyone knows its really old and it gets a lot of attention. I don't plan on changing anything on it. really sparked my interest in old bikes though and getting out there and riding. The neighbor has an old Schwinn Road bilke that I'm going to take off his hands as well.
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Originally Posted by Elad63
My two cathes of the day, both just needed cleaning and a new tube on the Schwinn.


Schwinn Sprint





Bianchi Premio

Very nice! The Bianchi is excellent. Looks like it was set up for cross.

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Old 11-09-08, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Pewter_Camaro
It Works out perfectly because I was going to buy a bike anyhow to ride to the store and friends houses to save money on gas because my Camaro just chugs gas on short trips. I just installed an inexpensive rack on the back and picked up a flashlight mount for it as well. Its interesting riding it around because everyone knows its really old and it gets a lot of attention. I don't plan on changing anything on it. really sparked my interest in old bikes though and getting out there and riding. The neighbor has an old Schwinn Road bilke that I'm going to take off his hands as well.
Congrats on catching the Vintage Bug! I don't think anyone sets out to collect vintage bikes, it's just that they kind of show up on your doorstep (or in your case, in the garage!) and you just have to take them in. I've got a few bikes right now; one is only 7 or 8 years old, the rest are 24-42 years old, the most recent acquisition being a Schwinn World Sport for $10 on Craigslist that I plan on fixing up with parts from the 84 Nishiki that I crashed in February.
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welcome aboard camaro! once you get two schwinns together... that car will be sitting out in the drive as the garage mysteriously fills with old (i mean 'vintage') bikes. i bought two suburbans a while back in mint condition- still had the hang-tags. i actually gave them to two of my students. the bikes are no longer mint, but the students still ride them and in fact have gotten a bit of the vintage bug themselves... it was worth it i think.

i kept the hang-tags for myself though...
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
Stunningly beautiful.
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A recent photo of my 89 Trek 660, set up as a cheapskate SSCX bike, shortly after arriving home from the local CX race.

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Originally Posted by -holiday76
I got bored on Saturday and built this with parts I had sitting around:



mid 80's columbus tubed Gitane, Mavic ssc, rear der, brakes, brooks, mustache bars with single suntour bar end, sugino single speed crank, 7 spd rear, 700c Mavic wheelset, shorty fenders.

few more pics here:

https://www.brian-payne.com/gallery/m...?g2_itemId=684

Today I took it on a 30 mile HILLY ride and it did great. The 48t - 7 speed combo was a tough ride on some of the hills though.
What a beautiful set-up: very original in conception and design.
Especially dig the mini-fenders: could you say where you can pick these up? Never seen them before.

The wheels and handlebar are clearly new, but is there anything from the original bike other than the frame that you retained? rear derailleur?
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Old 11-10-08, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
A recent photo of my 89 Trek 660, set up as a cheapskate SSCX bike, shortly after arriving home from the local CX race.

I'm diggin' the Obama decal
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re: prestige.

Hi i'm new to the forums, and i searched nishiki prestige just now. I have 2 56 cm c to c, but would trade for 58cm c to c. or so if you are interested. Nice bikes. If you are a touring type, i also have a TREK 720 Tourer, I believe its an 82 if you are interested im pics.
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Originally Posted by mtnree
Hi i'm new to the forums, and i searched nishiki prestige just now. I have 2 56 cm c to c, but would trade for 58cm c to c. or so if you are interested. Nice bikes. If you are a touring type, i also have a TREK 720 Tourer, I believe its an 82 if you are interested im pics.
You will probably have better luck getting this noticed in the In Search If/For Trade thread. And you must have been around here before as you info states you joined in 2006. Welcome back.
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thanks!
i purchased the bare frame from another forum member, so everything on the bike is from parts I had sitting around, although i purchased the mavic components for this project specifically.

the fenders I picked up at a swap meet for around $6. they were new. They're just plastic jobbies and the guy had an entire box of them. I probably should have picked up a few sets.

I'm still looking for a older mavic ssc double crank and front der as I think I'd like to give it a few more gear options.


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What a beautiful set-up: very original in conception and design.
Especially dig the mini-fenders: could you say where you can pick these up? Never seen them before.

The wheels and handlebar are clearly new, but is there anything from the original bike other than the frame that you retained? rear derailleur?
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This is my second post here after my introduction thread about 3m ago, but I can't resist the urge to post this as soon as I can. I made noise to my girlfriend about maybe getting a bike to commute on and ride on the weekends and she gives me this:



1976 Motobecane Super Mirage. It's in really good shape, and it looks like it's all original parts, but I don't really know how to judge. I joined up here to try and figure out more about the mechanic-ery side and how to take proper care of her!

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It does look like it's in good shape. As long as it fits, that's a good bike for what you want one for.
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To me it kind of looks like that rear derailleur is quite a bit newer than 1976 if you want to know if everything's original. You should take a close up shot and post it.
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Originally Posted by kpug505 To be perfectly honest the whole build will be ugly and will probably ride like a wet noodle.


Are you a professional dick?
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Originally Posted by BJK
Originally Posted by kpug505 To be perfectly honest the whole build will be ugly and will probably ride like a wet noodle.


Are you a professional dick?

ha!
I think you're taking kpug's quote out of context. I have it in my signature from another old thread because i thought the quote was funny. it's about one of his own bikes.
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Originally Posted by * jack *
1983 Motobecane Grand Touring - Vitus 888 (don't worry- I've lowered the stem since the photoshoot )

Damn! Given how beaten-to-death most Motobecanes are, I have to say, without exception, that yours has the finest paint job I've seen for any vintage Moto to date.

What's the deal with this bike? Bought, never ridden, tucked-away somewhere?

Tell us the story!
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That's my first "real" Roadcycle. Before i used to have a "kaufhausrenner" from the ~70s by the name "Enik". After it was not worth to put more buck's in it to keep it alive i saved some for a "buy low budget" & "upgade it" projekt. So you can see how it was lookin befor here: https://fotos.rennrad-news.de/sets/view/503


This ride is perfekt in any way. The parts work like the first day, new rims, decals, geometry fits...but when i see here the olmo bottecchia pinarellos hang loose suddenly and just like always, what is this? Should i be happy and spend all the money on booze and be happy what i have? i think so but

greetz from Germany

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Bought on Friday - Rode on Sunday(and Monday)

Just as I got her, plans include fresh paint, pedals, saddle, maybe new bars...

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One for the kid ion all of us... a vintage CCM Mustang that this kid can actually ride.

I swapped out the ratty coaster hub for a three speed and needing a front brake (and a new front wheel) went with a 451 with a drum brake.



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Just as I got her, plans include fresh paint, pedals, saddle, maybe new bars....
What is she?
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