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Update on my 85 Gazelle opafiets

Old 09-09-18, 07:56 AM
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Update on my 85 Gazelle opafiets

I have some real problems and if I do not fix this it will turn into a pile of Iron Oxide. Thinking stripping this and a repaint maybe black or green (english racing). the wheels might be changed with some S-A Drum brakes and a 3 or 5 speed hub. I really like the 635 ERTO SS rims but need some good spokes.


IMG_20170721_174116889[1] by Bwilli88, on Flickr

Right now I am looking for a Bottom bracket for this, it has a unique BB that is 128 mm long but has press fit plastic retainers, Ugh, the bottom bracket is $29 but the shipping is $40.


Here is a small shot of the rust


IMG_20170721_171840160[1] by Bwilli88, on Flickr
And I found the stickers/decals in the Netherlands but can not figure out how to transfer my money from my bank to his, the numbers are confusing.
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Old 09-09-18, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
And I found the stickers/decals in the Netherlands but can not figure out how to transfer my money from my bank to his, the numbers are confusing.
He's probably given you an IBAN number and his name. IBAN is an international standard that all banks know what to do with, although they might not have anywhere for you to enter it on their online service. In some countries it's completely replaced old systems, others not.

The best thing for you to do is go to the bank in person with this information and tell them you're making an international payment.
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Old 09-09-18, 08:17 AM
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Problem, my bank is in the USA and I am in Cambodia, Maybe my daughter can do the walking in for me?
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An American in Cambodia? Jesus, I'm surprised they didn't make you go out picking your landmines back up.

I don't think your bank will allow your daughter to pay people with your account. They wouldn't know the difference between her and a fraudster. What you could do though is get her to pay for it, then pay her.

I live in the netherlands and have a dutch bank account as well as a paypal, if all else fails I can act as man in the middle.
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It's a square taper so why not have a bike shop rethread it and pop in a 127/128mm bb?
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The bottom bracket is also 37mm with no threads.
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I ride a middle aged (40 years) Gazelle myself, it's my daily commuter and I did a lot of work on it recently, but I wonder what the plan is with this one. If you want to do a restauration you might want to save on shipping costs and try to get all the Gazelle specific parts in one shipping. You'll need quite a few parts, especially if it is a 'real' opa, and specific Gazelle parts are usually extra expensive. Sometimes for a reason, often not, but still not always interchangeable with the generic bike parts.

I doubt that it's worth it. During the 80's Gazelle's quality standards dropped significantly, with an '85 it's probably not that bad, or not bad at all, I'm not sure.
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I am going to do a resto-mod rebuild. Probably with SA Drum hubs front and rear, new Velo-orange fenders and some sort of simple chain guard. Some simple pull back bars maybe the originals.

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That seems a better idea. It would be difficult to find a full chaincase in the right colour anyway. I assume you want to order the BB from a Dutch webshop, the big ones usually have a lot of parts for Dutch bikes to choose from, like real classic handlebars, or the fancy Gazelle nuts and handlebar bolt with the red top and the logo. Anyway, if the Dutch language is the problem finding things like that, I'm pretty fluent in Dutch (and not the only one here).
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So I got most of the rust off the frame and rack, now to find the right color paint. Here is a before and after

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So now That I have it stripped down it needs some paint. I have Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs, Dyno for the front and 5 speed for the rear.
Build new wheels with SA hubs, 13 g spokes, SS 635 ERTO rims.
Probably need a new headset, new cables, thinking I might need to have some braze ons put on to run cables if I can not find those plastic cable holders.


Parts layout




Frame stripped to bare metal




Front brake





Need 3 of these cable clamps and found them on Ebay from france.


Drive side as bought





NDS as bought
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I am thinking a nice English racing green with creme panels
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Plain glossy black with gold pinstriping is the classic colour on these. A dark anthracite grey works too but really they can be any colour you want as long as it is a durable coat. Bright yellow or orange can work too.
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As for those oiler ports on the brake cables; I wouldn't bother. They were from a time where these cables were made from galvanized or even regular steel and they needed oil to prevent them from rusting shut inside the cable. Nowadays you just put stainless steel cable in there and it's essentially a non-issue.

The only one I've found to (maybe) still have them is this one:
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