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Old 11-06-18, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by specialmonkey View Post
Nice job! Anything notable in bringing it back to good service? I'm considering doing the same and wonder if keeping it original is the best idea? I'm leaning towards that.
Did you keep the Rigida rims and rear Helicomatic hub? Are those Cane Creek hoods? Are you using the original Dia-Compe Cantilevers? Do they work OK?
Which brake pads are you using? They look like Kool Stop Eagle 2s. I haven't been able to fit these in a way that they're correctly oriented but still allow for quick release wheel removal without the pads hitting the stays ... Nice Paselas. Any plans for fenders?
Thanks SM! Nothing outside of regular maintenance in bringing it back. All the original components were still in good shape, so I decided to stick with it. I guess the hardest thing was trying to get a good color match for chips/rust spots on the frame. That Dupont Imron in Dark Pewter was a hard match. It seems the metallic Imrom paint has sooo much metal flake!! I kept the rims and Helicomatic hub. The brake hoods are the Dia-Compe 204's. Yes, I went with the Kool Stop Eagle 2's and kept the DC cantis. I had the same problems fitting the brake pads and setting up the cantis.. Thinking about fenders with all that clearance at the fork and brake bridge.
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‘84 Trek 620
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Another raw one.
1992 Trek 750 Multitrack.

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And a 1989 Trek 950 powder-coated.

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Old 11-07-18, 08:50 PM
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Grey for November ...

The Truck ... my heavy hauler
I've got Grey ...

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its a very very dark grey, but not actually black on close inspection- so ill add it to the list
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1987 Miyata One Twelve

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1987 Miyata One Twelve
No way I could pass up going back to back even though I haven't got around to this one. Exclusive blue paw print sticker included. The graphite and red reeled me in

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Color is in the eye of the beholder, but grey is grey.

Fall has mostly fallen around here. But, I rode around the town of Stayton at sunset today anyway. Just looking for some color contrast to my 1984 Specialized Expedition's battleship grey. Don
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I didn't set out to buy a gray bike in November, but... dude had it in the bike parts section of CL. "Before" photo from the ad:

'89 Fuji del Rey. Front wheel had been stolen, so he was selling it for parts . I've had some front 27"-ers acquired at garage sales and swaps, not really knowing what to do with them. So why not? Asking $60, but we agreed on a lower price. It looked too big for me, but I figured I'd flip it.

Rode kinda hard, and put away wet. Discovered four broken spokes (on the NDS, oddly) AFTER paying the guy. Not the original wheel anyway; it has a Shimano freewheel. Everything else was original, right down to the skeevy Viscount Soflex saddle. One broken toe clip. Some damage to the original handlebar tape. Included the Blackburn rack.


Triple-butted Ishiwata Feather SI35. Driveline is Suntour Edge; the rear shifter indexing hits the cogs on the Shimano freewheel dead-on. Dia-Compe Blaze brakes, obviously meant to complement the Edge (same lettering). SR black stem and seatpost, but a silver handlebar. VP black steel road pedals. Basement front wheel is a close match; both Weinmann rims, just different profiles.

And it fits! I've never ridden a bike with this tall a frame before. Standover height is... er... close, but it's a great fit at that saddle height, and reach is not excessive. So now it may be a keeper.

I've always liked Fuji's headbadges

Subtle touch - the head tube is painted a sliiiiightly darker gray. Didn't even notice that for two days.
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I don't own a gray bike at this time but here is a mid '80s Falcon Victory I built up for my daughter.

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