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Old 05-16-20, 09:56 AM
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Show Us your Covid 19/Lockdown Builds!...

Thought Id Share 3 Builds I made over the 2 months stay at home period I did before our office opened again for business last week..
Managed to repaint these badly scratched up relics ... all from spare components stashed in my parts bin...

88 Bianchi Campione d Italia..Original Celeste Paint was chipping and cracking bad.. so Repaint it with custom 2 tone Celeste/white theme..Suntour Cyclone Derailleurs, Nervar Crank, ITM bar and stem, Diacompe Brakeset.

Battaglin,... Not sure year and model..was all white .. repaint to midnight blue to match Alloy Battaglin fork... Shimano RX100 Derailleurs , 105 Brakeset , Cinelli Bar and Stem

Casati Monza... Repaint To match Molteni Orange.. Neo retro setup with modern Shimano 105 Brakeshifters and Derailleurs .. but retained Classic Dura Ace crank, Cinelli Criterium Bar and stem.. added H plus Son Wheelset to optimize handling.

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Old 05-16-20, 10:02 AM
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Stuck in another city for six weeks with nothing to do, no projects and nothing to ride. So, I bought this, got it road worthy and safe to ride. Then I rode it. Now, back at home with my trusty Legnano, the Torpado Pro is getting another going over and has the potential to become my favorite bike...




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Wow, that's basically an "Un-Toppable" OP, but I will offer my feeble wrenchings from the past 2 months:



90's Battaglin frameset purchased from CL, also unknown year or model. Columbus Brain tubing, looks to be near top 'o the line with the infernal cable housing routed through the top tube. Done badly on many other bikes, but i thing they got it right with this one, I don't anticipate any problems, as long as I don't get anything stuck inside there to rattle around.

Love the frame to pieces, it's got some ridiculous 75 degree head tube angle, and the rear triangle is so tight, you can't fit larger than a 23 mm tire w/o the tire rubbing on the seat tube. The feel of the frame is sooo smooth. I can ride a gear or two higher when climbing, because the frame responds so well to pushing too big a gear (my speciality).




1988 SR500 Cannondale frame, stripped the factory paint and polished the aluminum. Not sure if this counts even. Fun project, and the finished result looks great with my raw steel clearcoated fork.

Another beast of a frame with steep race angles.
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I didnt build any bikes, but I did manage to dig out two car models from my '80s stash, and build them, a 1983 Miller Nascar Buick, and a 1988 1/43 scale Group44 Jag. I also was able to sell one of my Legnanos, '61 Gran Premio that was too small for me. Great little bike though. I had to swap back to the original stem and seat post, from others that I used, to try to get it to fit me.



Still needs side mirrors.

I'm going to miss the little Legnano. From my last ride on it.

Swapping back to original fit.
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Old 05-16-20, 11:35 AM
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Built this in the early days of quarantine. LHD with an elliptical chainring.
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Honorable Mention: 1976 Raleigh Competition 27 inch to 700c conversion, with 700x32 Panaracer Gravelkings on DT R-1800 wheels. Plan to use it on a high altitude gravel ride that's unpaved between 4000 feet and 7200 feet. I kinda figure that triple chainring might come in handy at some point.


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I bought this...

That is extremely attractive. Nice work.
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Well, I didn't reach any lofty heights, but this Miyata Elevation was built up from a dire condition—I had almost given up on it. And, with exception of the pedals, everything came from the spare parts cache in the basement, since I couldn't go to the co-op.

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Built this in the early days of quarantine. LHD with an elliptical chainring.
Curious why left hand drive?
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Its in queue for a June finish or earlier. Sorting out the parts today, and getting organized. I still need to order some brake cable housing from Pork Chop, and some Kool Stop Pads. Otherwise, its all there.



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Picked up this Apex at the start of the quarantine. Tore it apart to clean / repacked the bearings, then got it dirty again.

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Curious why left hand drive?
Mostly because I was bored and wanted to try these things. The bike was abandoned on an outdoor bike rack without wheels so zero invested aside from my spare parts.
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I didnt build any bikes, but I did manage to dig out two car models from my '80s stash, and build them, a 1983 Miller Nascar Buick, and a 1988 1/43 scale Group44 Jag. I also was able to sell one of my Legnanos, '61 Gran Premio that was too small for me. Great little bike though. I had to swap back to the original stem and seat post, from others that I used, to try to get it to fit me.

Still needs side mirrors.
I saw the sibling to this car race in the rain at Mid Ohio in 1991. Ford had gotten involved and they had a new chassis and engine. Every GTP car had its own sound, depending on what engine they were using. The Jaguar, with a turbocharged, 15000 rpm V6, sounded like a jet fighter. Mazda's 3 rotor Wankel engine sounded like a herd of weed trimmers. Toyota had a turbo 4 cylinder that sounded like a Pinto with no muffler. And there was a small block Chevy that sounded like a NASCAR engine.
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I picked up this '72 Fuji The Newest frame and forks a week before lockdown. Just finished it yesterday!

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Here ya go Cannondale M1000.

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An outlier, but my "e"rrand bike.

90's or so Diamondback Axis frame, functional, but not exceptional components, 1000w motor and 52V 14 ah battery. Pedals well "non-electrified even with 20 or so extra pounds of battery and motor.
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Turned my 86 Univega into a gravel bike. The only issue I ran into was the stock shifter didn't have enough friction to hold the RD over bumps. I put on 7 speed indexed Sunrace shifters and works great now.



I also did this ridiculous thing out of boredom, but I won't ruin this thread by posting pics here.
I have too much free time these days
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Its in queue for a June finish or earlier. Sorting out the parts today, and getting organized. I still need to order some brake cable housing from Pork Chop, and some Kool Stop Pads. Otherwise, its all there.



Look at all those Tar's below the table.

I am working on one, might just break my image rule and post an image.
After I reference how to do it. No flickr account, imgur or any other of that type.
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I put this together in April and have ridden it several times, but am still fiddling with it

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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Stuck in another city for six weeks with nothing to do, no projects and nothing to ride. So, I bought this, got it road worthy and safe to ride. Then I rode it. Now, back at home with my trusty Legnano, the Torpado Pro is getting another going over and has the potential to become my favorite bike...

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Very cool. When I used to live in Montral, I'd see 1960s Torpados with chromed lugs here and there on a pretty regular basis - I forget the specifics, but I know at least one shop in the city sold quite a few in that time frame.

Neat project.
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Currently building up (pardon the poorly-focused, poorly-lit, and cluttered picture taken in situ at the workstand in the bike dungeon):

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Currently building up (pardon the poorly-focused, poorly-lit, and cluttered picture taken in situ at the workstand in the bike dungeon):
Awesome... can't wait to see the final result. Love the fillet brazing and that color is incredible!
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Lemond Zurich custom COVID style

Here's what I've been tooling on for the last few months. Started out with my 1998 Lemond Zurich purchased in 2018. Immediately upgraded the shifters to Campy Athena 11 driving Dura Ace 7700 9-speed: classic "Shimergo" setup. Plus new wheels in the form of Bontrager Paradigm TLs shod with GP4000S2s, my favorite Dia Compe ENE post and Prologo saddle ...


Looked decent from 10 feet away, but there were lots of chips and scratches down to the metal and some iffy spots in the chrome. I've read some about the less-than-optimal Trek-era Lemond paint. Plus, many of the decals were peeling or gone. So, in a fit of lockdown energy, I stripped the components and brought the frame to the powdercoater, along with a vintage fork from a '89 Ironman, since I couldn't sandblast/powdercoat the stock carbon fork. I took the opportunity to attempt a custom look. I opted for a satin Signal Red for the color. Never fully happy with the graphics, I designed my own logos, striving for a minimal vibe. I also wanted all silver components, so sourced an abused Shimano R700 crankset to replace the Ritchey. I replaced the braze-on Ultegra front derailleur with clamp adapter to a proper Dura Ace 7800 band-on version. I found a peeling Lemond headbadge, so just stripped it to the bare alloy... more silver! The final touch was a pair of Continental GP5000 25c tires, going newer and larger from 23c 4000s.

Inspired by BFers, I stripped the anodization from the crankarms, sanded until smooth, and polished to a mirror finish (one word: Simichrome). I love the deep lustre polished alloy takes on.


Nice view of the new graphics.

I pared down the Reynolds 853 badge.

Cool contrast between the red and matte black.




When I took this image, I had only one ride in on the 5000s.

I'm really satisfied in the way it turned out. The satin red and matte black elements really make the silver components stand out. The ride hasn't changed; it's still incredibly lively and fun. A great result to this three-month under-quarantine process.
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