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Old 04-17-20, 05:30 PM
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This is a chrome bicycle for sale now on Craigslist (I don't have any relationship with the seller) I made for Tom Doughty back in the 80's when he was on the national team. This is a picture from Craigslist. His uncle ran a chrome platting business so after I built the frame Tom sent it to him to get chromed. The seller has some details wrong in his description list. It isn't made out of Columbus SLX (it was't even being made then) but rather a combination of SP and SL. Long ago in its life the right rear dropout broke and I replaced it but it was never rechromed again so it has to be frequently cleaned so rust won't kill it.

The seller (who I don't personally know) has been trying to sell it for a long time. I remember he had it for sale at last year's South Bend Indiana swap meet. I don't remember the seller's name. I think it belonged to someone else between Tom and him. It has typical road racing frame geometry. Tom was mostly a time trial specialist but commonly used this bicycle for riding criteriums. I made Tom several frames over the years and he always wanted the next one to have a lower BB height. He believed he could get through corners better not pedaling with a lower BB. Of course for normal people not racing crits a lower one makes more sense.

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Originally Posted by gstein
Good catch on fork holes. Are you concerned with inner hole or outer hole, or both? I have no idea why the holes are there.

I think the potential crack in the chain stay was nothing more than a bad camera angle. Here’s another picture of same location.
Apologies for the late reply, and thanks for your reply to my earlier comments. I'm glad to see that chain stay concern was more of an optical illusion. I was curious about the outer hole on fork. Sometimes a frame hole is for drainage or to prevent excessive heat buildup inside the tubes during the frame build, but that's odd place for a hole. Doug Fattic may be right about the hole being for drainage of chrome chemicals. His guess is better than mine.

You're bike is looking good. Is the seat post clamp turned around to get you closer to the bars? Typically the nuts and bolt go behind the seat post. Sometimes the nuts interfere with the edge of the saddle when positioned this way.

I do love chrome bikes, by the way.
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Old 04-19-20, 09:02 AM
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Is the seat post clamp turned around to get you closer to the bars? Typically the nuts and bolt go behind the seat post. Sometimes the nuts interfere with the edge of the saddle when positioned this way.

Great catch! I have to honest, with so many repairs and updates I had to make to the bike after purchasing, I hadn’t even noticed (guess I still have a “rookie eye” when it comes to bike wrenching, but having fun learning along the way).

BF is an awesome resource, appreciate the feedback from everyone along the way.

Pic of correct post position.


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Finished getting the bike road ready. Updates made: adjusted derailleurs and brakes, true’d up the rims, fixed flat tire, reupholstered new saddle cover, added new grips, repaired fork and found some vintage Shimano 600 toe clips. Here are some final pictures.

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Hell Yes Chrome

Built up a Panasonic DX2000 all chrome with Campy group, and Shimano 600 brakes and I have an 88 Ross Mt Hood modded party bike. 165mm cranker here...

Cant post pics, because i'm a newbie and they wont let me yet. What the work around??? See them on my IG @johnoliva1
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Panasonic DX2000

Here it is - I have some sweet chrome bar end plugs that are in now, the first pic the most recent. I gonna try backwards min bullhorns with cross levers cause im crazy. I'll send an update when its done! Cheers - John







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Here's my chrome Bridgestone Kabuki DFD 1981:

1981 Bridgestone Kabuki DFD
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Old 05-31-20, 10:39 PM
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Oh yeah... I keep looking. One day my ship (bike) will come in.
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updated pic with reverse mini bullhorns



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Finally got around to installing decals on my Gitane Grand Sport. I liked the all chrome look of the frame but now like it even better with some contrasting foil decals.





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[Pictures]
Very daring with the radially laced, high flange Nuovo hub. Fetching though...

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Originally Posted by gstein
Finally got around to installing decals on my Gitane Grand Sport. I liked the all chrome look of the frame but now like it even better with some contrasting foil decals.
Looks great

I'm always fighting with myself about whether to put decals back on my SLT. It just looks so sleek and clean without them!
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Originally Posted by cudak888
Very daring with the radially laced, high flange Nuovo hub. Fetching though...

-Kurt
I love the way it looks and it feels pretty strong, what are my worries and what should i look out for? Will there be obvious stress signs? Thanks LMK - John
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I'm always fighting with myself about whether to put decals back on my SLT. It just looks so sleek and clean without them!
I don't mind the decals on the SLT. Not really overpowering.


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If I could find a chrome Schwinn Voyageur SP in my size in chrome I would sell some of the wives stuff and purchase it......I MIGHT even sell one of my bikes to make room
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Originally Posted by @johnoliva1
I love the way it looks and it feels pretty strong, what are my worries and what should i look out for? Will there be obvious stress signs? Thanks LMK - John
Sorry, just saw this now. Recommend reading this: Mixed lacing patterns on High Flange Record hubs

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1984 Ross Mt Hood

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Originally Posted by gstein
Finally got around to installing decals on my Gitane Grand Sport. I liked the all chrome look of the frame but now like it even better with some contrasting foil decals.
Wow, that seat tube decal really pops. Can you red-anodize MAFACs?
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Chrome 1979 DX2000

1979 Chrome Panasonic DX2000.. Brought it back to almost all original mech but went with silver shimano 600 brakes.. I admittedly caught the chrome bug from the earlier panasonic post in this thread. thanks for the inspiration. sorry if I am biting your style a bit. I was already a panasonic enthiusiast and found the chrome dx2000 on search all craiglist after much looking.



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Paging nlerner, how about adding that Fuji you recently stripped?
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Love my chrome Raleigh Pro. Smooth ride.

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Paging nlerner, how about adding that Fuji you recently stripped?
FYI, that mention function still doesn’t work. I did not receive notification. You need to ignore the pop up menu and spell out the user name with the @ symbol: @ascherer. Still, I appreciate the call out and had clicked on this thread, thinking I should show that Fuji Finest:



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Originally Posted by nlerner
FYI, that mention function still doesn’t work. I did not receive notification. You need to ignore the pop up menu and spell out the user name with the @ symbol: @ascherer
I love non-functioning functions.

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