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Old 07-28-22, 03:40 AM
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Elvish Bike

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I have just registered with the Forum having read a number of posts as a consequence of some research. I recently purchased an Elvish road bike which was still in regular use. My intention is to strip the bike down and rebuild for weekend riding. The bike is is reasonable condition and will benefit from a thorough clean of all components and renewing bearings etc. I suspect most of the kit is original with one or two queries. Rims are steel DEA. Not sure if these were original kit. Seat is a plastic Viscount GT, again not sure if this is original. The paint is the worst aspect, being a gold metallic, it has been very difficult to get a match. I have matched as best I can with a yellow enamel (Goldfinch) and am in the midst of spot touching up. I want to keep the original paint and decals with a bit of cosmetic touching up here and there. I would welcome any advice, comments from anyone as this is my first project of this type. I have just bought a Gitane as a project to move onto. Waiting to get that home for a good look over it.
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Testors makes gold metallic paint.
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Welcome. It’s easy to overdo it with touch up paint. I don’t have a good color eye for paint matching and I find paints with a lot of pearl or metallic flake to be especially tricky. Often times the usual nicks and scrapes (patina) on a bike that has been used just fade away, especially when the parts aren’t NOS either.

We’d love to see pictures once you have 10 posts under your belt. A lot of people value original paint, so you may be surprised to hear a chorus of “Just leave the paint and give it a good wax’ comments. But it’s your bike so do want makes you happy.
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When I saw Elvish, I thought "Rivendell".
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Old 07-29-22, 02:38 PM
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Thanks for feedback. Know what you means about overdoing spot paintwork, just completed and it does look a bit spotty! The original paintwork is very poorly done and I have had to be careful not to remove it when lightly rubbing down the spot repairs. Unfortunately the bike value doesn’t justify spending loads on having it resprayed or powder coated. I am sure once all the kit is back on it will be less obvious to the eye. I have a couple more days working on the frame and then I can start to rebuild. I have a very slight bend on the rear axle so I have got to strip the hub again to change the axle. I will probably use the opportunity to put QR hollow axles in.
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Rebuild now in full swing. Final polish to each item before it goes on. Nee do purchase new brake and gear cables and bar tape to finish off. Hoping that the refurbished Simplex S100 will behave and I can set up efficiently. I have an all aluminium unit ( think it is a 610 but not sure) which I can fit if the original is a problem. I know Simplex can prove to be a bit tricky.
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