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My completely nothing special Italian bike boom gaspipe nostaglia build.

Old 04-20-20, 01:14 PM
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have fun riding that, bit of a reminder that riding is fun
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Gives me some nice memories seeing this build, similar to my first real "10-speed" bicycle, a '72 Bottecchia Special.

top506 You did a great job on this one, enjoy the smiles you get riding it!

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It's great that you kept all of the original components. All too often, these vintage bikes are "upgraded" and lose all of the charm that steel and chrome possess.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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wrt wheels which came with bike -

where did you find the North Star hub name? new one to me. there is a New Star brand of hub produced by Etablissements Perrin. it is only offered in a five-piece steel large flange edition.


you mention rebuilding wheels with new alloy rims. one thing suggest checking prior to reuse of rear hub is drive side flange. these large flange five-piece rear hubs often manifest the sympton that the swaging of the drive side flange works loose. if there is play would not reuse it. you could save the hub against the possiblilty of reusing the axle set.
Yeah, New Star, right you are.
Digging through thr stack of wheels in the barn I found a New Star front hub laced to a Al rim, but with a QR axle. I'll see if I can't find a solid axle and cone set for the butterfly nuts.

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And here we are, just over a year later, with the New Star hubs laced to Fiamme alloy rims and a Regina Oro I'd been hording.






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clearly not the esge plate, the photos show a standard bridge. For those who've never had the pleasure Pletscher:
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where the heck is $50 powder coating**********

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$50?! That's a deal - looks sharp!

Gaspipe? Who cares. If you like the geometry and the feel then you've got a winner.

I recently weighed my late-model 'adventure' bike - which I love - and it probably weighs at least 5 lbs. more than your rig. This gives me some perspective re: the discussion about weight.

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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
where the heck is $50 powder coating**********
Central Maine.
The shop does fabrication (truck boxes, fencing, stairs, ect), and powdercoats their wares. This is just a sideline for them. Given it's an industrial shop the detail work isn't great, but at that price I don't mind a little clean-up.
I suspect that those days might be over, as they charged me that same $50 to powder coat a pair of SP-250 pedals last week (had to have black pedals on my C'dale Black Lightning!). I had 4 frames and forks done last summer at the height of COVID shutdowns up here and I think they were just happy to get the work.

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A vintage bike does not have to be the best of the best to impress and that orange bike is, indeed, impressive. top506 did a great job of rejuvenating that lovely old and crusty LaBonne. I, too, am in the same ballpark with my latest interest in vintage bicycle restoration. Super high end is nice but restoring these older less lustrous bikes is just as much fun. Just finished this lowly Torpado and took it out for its test ride a few days ago.


Someone recommended cleaning up the entry level Campagnolo rear derailleur. My question is how does one do so. This is the best I could do with the one that came on the Torpado. It, kinda, looks to be out of place on an otherwise close to pristine vintage road bike...
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Great build. I suspect more than a few of us have great memories of putting a lot of miles on a hi tensile steel bike.
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