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Old 04-01-21, 10:43 AM
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Only half green but the green is the best half. My 753 Merckx.
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Wow amazing how quickly a monthly thread fills up! Sorry for the, not so green backdrop, but it's still too chilly to be spring here yet. 1999 Peugeot Dune Mtn. bike with no changes made except the addition of the ugly green bottle cage. Purchased in near mint condition.
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1997 Bianchi Eros with Campagnolo Mirage groupset. Great ride!

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That Moto respray looks great! I've been "meaning" to try Color Factory for almost 20yrs now, maybe 2021 will be the year? Mind if I ask how it went for you, were you happy with the results, etc? Cost? DM if you don't want to go there in public?....

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Yes, repainted by the Color Factory, here in NJ. It was originally the silver with black head tube and bands on the seat tube, but the previous owner (my father in law) lived near the ocean and there was a ton of surface rust. I went my own direction on color, but tried to make it look like a Motobecane still. (Lugs outlined by me with a gold Sharpie paint pen!)
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Old 04-01-21, 06:48 PM
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I still need to get the BG out for pics, not sure how I never did.
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Old 04-01-21, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by mcgregorj View Post
Here's my Motobecane Grand Record that I just (mostly) finished last night. Not sure that I love the SOMA Faux Leather bar tape, and this saddle is pretty beat up, will probably replace with a B17.

A very light coat of Proofide or similar, let it set in wipe off then elbow grease and regular paste shoe polish. I would bet it will come around more than you would think.
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Alphabetically Green.....

'80 Echelon Odyssey, built by Cherubim: Echelon was DIN's (Do It Now!) brand, they sourced two models from Cherubim. The Odyssey was sport-tour, the Spectra was road-competition. DIN was a regional Cali distributor, and they only did bikes for a few years, so not a lot of Echelons surface. These are some of the nicest/cleanest small-volume branded frames I've seen, whatever DIN was paying, they got their money's worth. These pix and the build are more than 10yrs old, please forgive my overly-loopy brake casing phase and such.





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'76 Strawberry, built by Mark DiNucci, recent vintage build: Mark torched this barely into his '20s, and I can't think of any other contemporary US builders his age with the mature vision and sense of line Mark had back then. Fork is original, with mis-matched paint, weird story there.







'98 Rivendell Road Custom, built by Joe Starck: The frame was a covid buy for me, and I decided to build it as silvery & Riv-y as I could stand. My brain quickly rejected the 9spd friction downtube shifting, changed to 10spd indexed dt. Front is a TA Alize 130bcd 40t tripelizer, kinda 1x + 24t granny bail-out. I'm debating going period-correct STI, but will probably leave as is, but change out the Campy brake levers for something Shimano.



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LOL, while I was just now working on my post, I kept thinking I needed to ask you "What's with my BG??!!???"

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I still need to get the BG out for pics, not sure how I never did.
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That Moto respray looks great! I've been "meaning" to try Color Factory for almost 20yrs now, maybe 2021 will be the year? Mind if I ask how it went for you, were you happy with the results, etc? Cost? DM if you don't want to go there in public?....
The Color Factory experience was really good. He's a small shop, very low key, but easy to work with. I dropped off/picked up myself, which worked out nicely. The price was very reasonable I thought - my prior $100 spray.bike experience vs a little over $200 for a pro doing bead blast, 2 colors, applying decals, and clearcoat.
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Old 04-01-21, 08:04 PM
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This boy is about to go to the frame shop to repair a dent after a solid few months of winter bike duty....



Raleigh Super Tourer. Could not ask for a better winter/errand bike.
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Old 04-01-21, 08:14 PM
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LOL, while I was just now working on my post, I kept thinking I needed to ask you "What's with my BG??!!???"
It got shown and ridden some, it went to Velo Cult and Bob Freemans show, got plenty of looks and compliments.

The biggest thing is the consideration it got in the building of the Strawberry.

Dave and I talked at length and after telling him it was a bit small by the numbers but rides like a dream for me even after realizing I needed to up my lower limit to about 63.

So it and the big silver 66 Merz were the test subjects.

He had me ride both on the trainer, first the BG, then the big Merz and then the BG again, each for about 10 to 15 min. each. He said 'huh" at that point and then he said it was interesting that I settled into both bikes the same despite them being so far apart in size. He checked them both with the angle finder again and I could finally see the light bulb go off and he said "I know exactly what to do, I'm glad we used these two for this" and he did.

The Strawberry rides and feels as good or better than either one of them and they both ride like the great bikes they are from great builders.

Interesting they are both 78's, built within about 100 miles from each other by builders that hung out and rode together.




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Old 04-01-21, 08:32 PM
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I guess I'd have to say green is my favorite bike color

1984 Specialized Expedition

Diamondback Haanjo EXP (sorry not vintage but still green)

1985 Schwinn Cimarron

1986 Schwinn Voyageur
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This is the bike that was deemed to have the worst paint job ever, a few years back. It has since been re-painted, rattlecan instead of brush.
84 Schwinn Letour Luxe. 58cm.

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Originally Posted by pcb View Post
LOL, while I was just now working on my post, I kept thinking I needed to ask you "What's with my BG??!!???"
Guess I better get on the BG pics, now that I posted a silver bike here.
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My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too much for a rusty heap, paid way too much for the paint, paid a bunch more for the first-generation XTR components. Gosh I'm glad I have a wife that tolerates my bicycle habit.

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Zoikes! Don't know how well you did on that M900 XTR rder, but I sold one on ebay last year and got stupid money$ for it. Truly clean ones fetch a very pretty penny these days.

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My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too much for a rusty heap, paid way too much for the paint, paid a bunch more for the first-generation XTR components. Gosh I'm glad I have a wife that tolerates my bicycle habit.

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newest bike, a Pure Fix Cleveland. TIG welded but looks like a bike.
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I have changed the build since this picture was taken and the late day light does not show off the green well, but this will have to do until I get out and get a better picture. 1985 Schwinn Voyageur in British Racing Green.
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I have a lot of bikes, this one is still my fave.

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I have a lot of bikes, this one is still my fave.

I've been tempted to buy one on and off but most folks want what I think is crazy money for these. They must love their varsities as much as you do yours. Next time we go on a ride, why don't you take your steel rimmed varsity and I'll take some lightweight old school racing bike. That should even things up a bit,
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I've been tempted to buy one on and off but most folks want what I think is crazy money for these. They must love their varsities as much as you do yours. Next time we go on a ride, why don't you take your steel rimmed varsity and I'll take some lightweight old school racing bike. That should even things up a bit,
There are still some good deals on Varsitys around here; I'll keep my eyes out for a tall one. I look forward to getting to ride with you and some of the others this season. I'll ride the Varsity if it's dry out, I've lost my nerve for descending on it with wet rims
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Originally Posted by mcgregorj View Post
The Color Factory experience was really good. He's a small shop, very low key, but easy to work with. I dropped off/picked up myself, which worked out nicely. The price was very reasonable I thought - my prior $100 spray.bike experience vs a little over $200 for a pro doing bead blast, 2 colors, applying decals, and clearcoat.
Cheapest I could find here in Ontario (for a professional bike respray and not a "sure throw it in with this other batch of stuff we are doing" painter) was over $900 CAD for one colour; the shop does amazing work but a $900 paint job on a $200 bike makes no sense.
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