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Old 07-25-15, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by toavii
Finished this up the other day. Schwinn Voyageur.


Looks great.

I have a green one that I loan to friends when they visit and they are really nice riders.

I like them more than 520s.
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Originally Posted by toavii
Great looking bike.

I'd be annoyed by the rear rack angle as well. But for me I always obsess over the looks of my bikes. I suppose it's not possible to swap the eyelets between the fender and rack/it still doesn't achieve the proper angle?
Seems to me that the rear rack has been "pranged". I have the same rack (I think), and the attachments to the seat stays are aligned with the body of the rack. Mine had been slightly tweaked a bit by a previous owner, but I overcame this by drilling new attachment holes in the lower aluminum struts, so that the rack could be level at the same time with the upper attachments aligned with the body. Obviously this is why the modern universal racks have so much adjustability in the lower as well as upper attachment points.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Looks great.

I have a green one that I loan to friends when they visit and they are really nice riders.

I like them more than 520s.
Thanks. It cleaned up pretty well. Paint was nearly flawless. It's the one I got a few blocks away from me a couple of months ago. The Brooks Pro is now a placeholder on the Serotta for now until I make a decision on it. Here's the before:



I had the same year (1983) Trek 620. I thought they rode fairly similarly. Sort of that smooth, Cadillac type of ride. Granted the 620 was a touch small for me and this Voyageur a bit on the larger side of what I prefer. I was thinking of keeping the Voyageur for grocery duties with the racks and bags and all, but ultimately decided I've got too many spare bikes. Trying to thin the heard and continue to build up the fund for that perfect build if/when I come across it. A couple close ups, and my old 620.



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Toms' rig looks great don't it!!
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Ok, it's not a bicycle yet! Bill Philbrook touring frameset.

Here are some images of my recently acquired super rare Bill Philbrook touring frameset built in July 1975 - I have a friend with Bill's build book hence the ability to date it accurately.

Super rare simply because Bill was not a fast builder, and the majority of frames he did build were high end frames for other shops (shops that weren't able to build to Bill's high standards), so very few frames were branded with his name.

Bill is regarded as one of the very best framebuilders here in England. See - Bill Philbrook - frame builder

It is a fillet brazed frame with braze ons for Mafac brakes, and cable guides for bar end shifters; plus the expected others. The rest of the build will probably be Campagnolo (NR 48/42 chainset), paired with a Rally rear mech and a suitable freewheel. I may give it a slightly modern twist, but it will be in keeping with the period.

Hope you like it, the connoisseurs of fine craftsman built frames amongst you surely will.

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Originally Posted by toavii
Thanks. It cleaned up pretty well. Paint was nearly flawless. It's the one I got a few blocks away from me a couple of months ago. The Brooks Pro is now a placeholder on the Serotta for now until I make a decision on it. Here's the before:



I had the same year (1983) Trek 620. I thought they rode fairly similarly. Sort of that smooth, Cadillac type of ride. Granted the 620 was a touch small for me and this Voyageur a bit on the larger side of what I prefer. I was thinking of keeping the Voyageur for grocery duties with the racks and bags and all, but ultimately decided I've got too many spare bikes. Trying to thin the heard and continue to build up the fund for that perfect build if/when I come across it. A couple close ups, and my old 620.



Both of these are great looking bikes. And you got a sweet Serotta... I'm jealous.

I really like the saddle and the baby blue combo on the Trek. Is that Newbaum's tape?
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Both of these are great looking bikes. And you got a sweet Serotta... I'm jealous.

I really like the saddle and the baby blue combo on the Trek. Is that Newbaum's tape?
Thanks. Although, I moved that Trek and Schwinn on down the line. Both were nice bikes and both had paint about as good as you'll find on 30+ year old bikes. I did keep the Cambium of course since it's my favorite saddle. I just enjoy bringing bikes back.

The tape is light blue Newbaums. I liked it a lot on that bike. With all light color Newbaums though, the color did get a bit ratty.
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Hope you like it, the connoisseurs of fine craftsman built frames amongst you surely will.

Jon.[/QUOTE]

I like it a lot! Looking forward to seeing more of this bike

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My new Motobecane Grand Touring

Hello

I just bought this Grand Touring It is in a very good condition, not a scratch what i can see and look at the saddle. Almost to nice to be used.

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Here are a couple.
This is a Fuji Saratoga that came with bad paint as a Backroads Mistaya. I had it PC'd, and then added a whole bunch of things. It is 35# of touring machine.


This Nishiki Seral is from a friend who was leaving town. I bought it, fixed it, and sold it to a young lady who is going to ride from New York City to California this fall.



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Old 07-28-15, 05:31 AM
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This Nishiki Seral is from a friend who was leaving town. I bought it, fixed it, and sold it to a young lady who is going to ride from New York City to California this fall.


That bike looks like a whole lot of cool!!!
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1992 Performance Parabola found at a local garage sale. It has a few scratches, but overall, the paint is in pretty good condition. I swapped the stem and bars to dial in the fit. I also changed the cassette and cranks to have 175 mm arms and wider gear range. The original Avocet Cross tires were crumbling, so I replaced them with 28mm Hutchinson's. I have fenders to put on when I find some time.
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Old 08-04-15, 11:47 AM
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It was suggested I contribute to this thread back when I first brought this bike home, and now that I've got it more or less set up as I like (just threw on a bottle cage, bell, swapped the seat and pedals, put on some new brake pads, and gave it a bit of a cleaning), figured it's time to share! This is my Centurion Pro Tour 15 (from the serial number, an '83?). It's become my semi regular commuter. No actual touring for me - I don't usually ride much farther than the 7k to work - but I've started going farther and longer on weekends. Went on a nice and enjoyable 18k ride this Sunday.

I love how steady and grand the bike feels and have gotten a few compliments on it from vintage-admiring types around the city. I bought some NOS hoods and reddish brown bar tape, but the existing hoods and foam are still holding up fine and I can't bring myself to change something that's still doing its job so I may wait until next near to actually put those on. It's my first bike with drop bars (it really does help riding into a head wind!) and it might be worth waiting to see if I want to keep the bars that are on it or try something else (I keep hearing all these good things about Nitto Noodles...) before I start putting tape on things anyway. I also rather like the aesthetic of hammered fenders, but the ones on there are a nice fit and so that too is staying as is for now.

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1979 Gazelle Champion Mondial 'semi-race'. aka the G-frame. It now badly needs a test ride near the Med.
As a result of [MENTION=332787]papik[/MENTION]'s 'tease' I decided to actually go and do it.

I'll be loading it up next Thursday for a week of riding in Tuscany. I did make some changes: it now sports a SunTour V-GT instead of the original Vx, to accommodate a 34T rear cog. I exchanged the 44T smaller chain ring for a 42T - the smallest I had for the Gazelle-branded 118 BCD cranks. The original flatland gearing would have had me walking up every hill.

The front hub that the bike came with made funny noises, so there's also another wheel set too: MAVIC M3CD rims with Pelissier 2000 hubs. 40H in the rear, 36H in front. Sturdy and super smooth.

I'm taking a bit of a gamble with the Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires. I like the way they ride, but their reviews are mixed, and my previous experience with Challenge tires (Grifo XS) in hilly terrain is one I'd rather not be reminded of. I'll bring along a set of Paselas, just in case.

Oh, and yes, there's a kick stand. It's original to the bike and the frame was designed to have one, so it gets to stay.

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
As a result of @papik's 'tease' I decided to actually go and do it.

I'll be loading it up next Thursday for a week of riding in Tuscany. I did make some changes: it now sports a SunTour V-GT instead of the original Vx, to accommodate a 34T rear cog. I exchanged the 44T smaller chain ring for a 42T - the smallest I had for the Gazelle-branded 118 BCD cranks. The original flatland gearing would have had me walking up every hill.

The front hub that the bike came with made funny noises, so there's also another wheel set too: MAVIC M3CD rims with Pelissier 2000 hubs. 40H in the rear, 36H in front. Sturdy and super smooth.

I'm taking a bit of a gamble with the Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires. I like the way they ride, but their reviews are mixed, and my previous experience with Challenge tires (Grifo XS) in hilly terrain is one I'd rather not be reminded of. I'll bring along a set of Paselas, just in case.

Oh, and yes, there's a kick stand. It's original to the bike and the frame was designed to have one, so it gets to stay.

This GAZELLE is pretty and perfect for long range

I wish you a good trip with him in Tuscany !
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This GAZELLE is pretty and perfect for long range

I wish you a good trip with him in Tuscany !
Merci! On paper it's pretty much perfect, and I'm really looking forward to putting some miles in and see how I like it in practice.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
As a result of @papik's 'tease' I decided to actually go and do it.

I'll be loading it up next Thursday for a week of riding in Tuscany. I did make some changes: it now sports a SunTour V-GT instead of the original Vx, to accommodate a 34T rear cog. I exchanged the 44T smaller chain ring for a 42T - the smallest I had for the Gazelle-branded 118 BCD cranks. The original flatland gearing would have had me walking up every hill.

The front hub that the bike came with made funny noises, so there's also another wheel set too: MAVIC M3CD rims with Pelissier 2000 hubs. 40H in the rear, 36H in front. Sturdy and super smooth.

I'm taking a bit of a gamble with the Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires. I like the way they ride, but their reviews are mixed, and my previous experience with Challenge tires (Grifo XS) in hilly terrain is one I'd rather not be reminded of. I'll bring along a set of Paselas, just in case.

Oh, and yes, there's a kick stand. It's original to the bike and the frame was designed to have one, so it gets to stay.

I like it a lot. I wish American bikes were as practical with kickstand plates, generators, etc. This is a lovely bike but I think I'd want a triple to do some serious hill climbing.
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I like it a lot. I wish American bikes were as practical with kickstand plates, generators, etc. This is a lovely bike but I think I'd want a triple to do some serious hill climbing.
Thanks, and yes, I'd prefer a triple as well, but I didn't want to ditch the original cranks. I may have to walk up a hill or two as a result of my vanity. Oh well.

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That's a setup that just seems perfect for a tripleizer ring.
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This Mike Melton touring frame was outed on the CR group a while back. It was local and I've been wanting to try a touring/randonneur type build. Pieces sourced from all over, LBS, Hilary Stone, Ebay, Forumite Desertdweller for the Jim Blackburn racks. Gonna replace the Silca pump with a black Zefal. May rewrap the bars and move the brakes down a bit. Real comfortable on the hoods but a reach from the drops where they are now. Phil hubs spin so nice.

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I just finished setting up this 1983 Univega Specialissima. This was the shake down 90 mile ride on the Great Allegheny Passage.



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This Mike Melton touring frame was outed on the CR group a while back. It was local and I've been wanting to try a touring/randonneur type build. Pieces sourced from all over, LBS, Hilary Stone, Ebay, Forumite Desertdweller for the Jim Blackburn racks. Gonna replace the Silca pump with a black Zefal. May rewrap the bars and move the brakes down a bit. Real comfortable on the hoods but a reach from the drops where they are now. Phil hubs spin so nice.

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I just picked up a Panasonic Pt-5000 last night and I am wondering where to find information about this bike-specifically geometry. I bought the bike from the original owner and it is in very nice shape but the chainstays are not as long as I expected them to be. Maybe I am just used to my Cannondale which has very long stays. Anyway, I will post pics later when the sun comes up.
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