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1982 Specialized Allez 3Rensho

Old 10-21-20, 04:07 PM
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1982 Specialized Allez 3Rensho

I figured I'd clear my 10 post hump by showing the bike that got me interested in building/fixing/restoring bikes. My dad's 1982 Specialized Allez 3Rensho.

About 10 years ago my dad gave me his Speciallized Allez after he got a new Specialized Roubaix. He told me the bike was mostly original Campagnolo Super Record components and that he got it in 1982. Other than that I didn't know much about it. I had ridden it a handful of times in the 2010s but not all that often (the shifting on the downtube was odd to me), and for the last 8 or 9 years it's just been in my basement crawlspace. But recent discussions with my buddy had me thinking about it and my dad (who passed away three years ago) and I wanted to find out more.

I ended up learning it was an early Specialized Allez made by Yoshi Konno or 3Rensho. At the time that didn't mean much to me, but as I talked to more folks, it dawned on me that this was apparently a special bike. So i decided to restore it to it's original condition that my dad bought it in (all Campagnolo Super Record, original wheel that my mom ran over, etc.). It had 20 years of grime on it and needed some TLC throughout. My mom sent me photos of my dad riding the bike from the 80s, so I used those to replicate certain things (such as the yellow bar tape).

I ultimately replaced the seatpost, brake levers, pedals, front deraileur, and Mavic G40 front wheel (which as noted, my mom ran over in the 90s); all to match the other Campagnolo Super Record components on the bike. Also sourced a brake caliper nut that was missing on the front brake. My dad's bike had the original Specialized Turbo tires so I used the new Turbo Cotton tires to replace the ones on the bike. Additionally, I recall my dad having a Selle Italia Turbo seat and while sourcing an original was not ideal, they started making a reproduction which was to my benefit.

My buddy and I completely tore down the bike, regreased and repacked every bearing, framesavered the inside, put on new cables and housing (which came from a vintage replacement kit by Campagnolo which was awesome), ultrasonic cleaned everything else, and waxed the frame. Also got help from my brother-in-law who used to be a bike mechanic for a long time, and he was instrumental in getting this tuned properly.

I chose not to repaint the frame which has some decent paint chips and what not, but no rust, as I figured every mark was a story that my dad was leaving behind for me. Now I'm just enjoying in on local coffee shop or lunch rides and enjoying his memory. Just wanted to share the story and the bike with the group

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That is a great restoration. Paint came out nicely. I'm sure your father would be proud.
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