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Old 01-13-21, 06:53 PM
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is it wrong to repurpose a dumpster find into a single speed city bike? When I can post pictures I will show you two of mine. Bianchi and Motobecane. Check out my gallery...cheers
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Nope. In fact, if it came out of a dumpster, whatever you turn it into gives it a new lease on life. Beats ending up in a landfill

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Nope. In fact, if it came out of a dumpster, whatever you turn it into gives it a new lease on life. Beats ending up in a landfill

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+10 there it is.
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Originally Posted by brixxton View Post
is it wrong to repurpose a dumpster find into a single speed city bike? When I can post pictures I will show you two of mine. Bianchi and Motobecane. Check out my gallery...cheers
When I look up an antonym for sacrilege, I find piety.
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Old 01-13-21, 08:40 PM
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Sacrilege

The violation of something held holy, like graffiti on the Mona Lisa
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is it wrong to repurpose a dumpster find into a single speed city bike?
Wrong? No. Wise? That would depend on the bike, in my opinion.

Single speed the heck out of this entry to mid level commonly available Peugeot (that is my intention for the Spring)...


But give serious though to NOT doing the SS treatment on something like this, that is exotic, fragile by comparison and rare late fifties Rabeneick...


or this 1973 Peugeot PX10...


or this top of the line Atala, from the sixties...


Some bikes are better off being left "as found" or even restored. My opinion, of course.
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Rescue

If there was a chance to bring a classic back to its former glory of course I would but if I can breathe life back into some bare bones I will . One of the reasons I joined this forum was for help I'd some of the treasures I come across. As soon as I can post pictures
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As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I dislike relegating decent old frames to the dumpster even more, so go for it. The only place I draw the line is on hacking off things like derailleur hanger tabs.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
... But give serious though to NOT doing the SS treatment on something like this, that is exotic, fragile by comparison and rare late fifties Rabeneick ...
Tell me more about that one, which is equipped about the same as my ca. 1960 Capos. Very nice!

I checked out some other (German) Rabeneick classics on the Internet and found a "Modell Campagnolo" (same designation Austrian builder Otto Cap used on one model) with a prominent foil Campagnolo decal, again something seen on Capo bicycles of that vintage.
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Tell me more about that one, which is equipped about the same as my ca. 1960 Capos. Very nice!

I checked out some other (German) Rabeneick classics on the Internet and found a "Modell Campagnolo" (same designation Austrian builder Otto Cap used on one model) with a prominent foil Campagnolo decal, again something seen on Capo bicycles of that vintage.
I bought the Rabeneick 120d as a frame/fork set, through Ebay, from a fellow in Texas...


Before starting to spend money, I built the bike up for test riding purposes. I used what I had on hand, that would work, to get the bike road worthy and safe to ride. Set up in this pic is single speed...




Once satisfied that the bike was sound to ride straight and true, I tore it down, hung the frame and fork on the clothes line, in back of my summer cottage...


Once painted, I assembled the bike and it waits for next summer, at the cottage, unless someone on Ebay chooses to buy it...

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Originally Posted by brixxton View Post
The violation of something held holy, like graffiti on the Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is not considered holy by Christians. Where did you get that idea?
Now if it was a cartoon of The Prophet, even without graffiti....
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I bought the Rabeneick 120d as a frame/fork set, through Ebay, from a fellow in Texas...


Before starting to spend money, I built the bike up for test riding purposes. I used what I had on hand, that would work, to get the bike road worthy and safe to ride. Set up in this pic is single speed...




Once satisfied that the bike was sound to ride straight and true, I tore it down, hung the frame and fork on the clothes line, in back of my summer cottage...


Once painted, I assembled the bike and it waits for next summer, at the cottage, unless someone on Ebay chooses to buy it...

Gorgeous stem! Looks like something from the 50s as well?
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What a stunner! Great personal story to go with it. Bravo!
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not at all, unless you make it ugly. First rule (and maybe the only rule) no drop bars rotated up.
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It's your bike. Do what you want.

Personally, I believe my Raleigh Competition GS is very happy as a single-speed.
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Dumpster diving is Recycling of resources. It’s sustainability. Just don,t make it ugly, as said above.
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By all means, do it. Me, I'd grab a couple of derailleurs and shifters from my stash and mount those, as I have no use for a single-speed bike, but that's just me.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
When I look up an antonym for sacrilege, I find piety.
exactly right.

The word I thought of was 'righteous'

To bring life back to any old frame relinquished to the dumpster, is righteous
singlespeed or not, its simply a righteous act

I bet the OP knew this
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I've got a Viner Special Corsa frame that another BF member sent my way because it had a stuck seatpost. I couldn't get the seatpost to budge either, but as fate would have it the seatpost was at exactly the position I'd want it with a saddle I had in the garage. So, I figured I'd build it up and ride it to see if that would shake it loose. It's a pretty nice frame, but I kind of treat it like a rented mule because of the seatpost issue. This was my first build:



I've since added a 10-speed Shimano drivetrain and am using this on my trainer when I can find the motivation to ride indoors. Is that sacrilege? Meh. It's certainly no worse than what the person who forgot to grease the seatpost did.
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Do it - just don't hack things off the frame willy-nilly if they're nice and top-end.

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Bianchi ressurection


just had frame,forks,BB,crank and pedals. Couldn't find out the model
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Bianchi ressurection


just had frame,forks,BB,crank and pedals. Couldn't find out the model
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Looking good!

That looks like a surprisingly long wheelbase for a Bianchi, FYI. Have any closeups of the frame details? I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but from what I can make out of the dropouts and seatstay caps, I'm wondering if that's a Japanese/Taiwanese frame of the 1980's or so. Nothing against it, of course - but someone might have put a Bianchi badge on a different frame.

All things considered, it also would take out any possible reservations - no matter how small - about modifying a Bianchi, eh?

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