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Old 07-12-19, 01:15 PM
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Dang the reach on those bars is ridiculous
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Old 07-28-19, 07:29 PM
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This one came a long way.









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Old 07-29-19, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by SB_Greg View Post
This one came a long way.

Wow! Very nicely done, sir. That took a lot of work. And I'm surprised at how good the satin black looks with new decals - you managed to preserve just enough patina to convey the essence of this bike's history. Beautiful bike.

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Old 08-06-19, 08:38 PM
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Before and after Allpro 12-speed...

Before and after Allpro 12-speed...












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Old 08-06-19, 08:55 PM
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^ wow.

The "before" paint is completely heinous.

I think you should just go over the bar with your rear brake cable routing.
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Old 08-06-19, 11:59 PM
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Finally finished my 1992 Specialized Allez Sport, I really wanted it to fit but a 56cm is just a might too small. Someday I will find a 58.



As found CL ad


After the Refurb
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Old 08-07-19, 07:46 AM
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Finished this as a refurbish for a non-cyclist friend wanting to once again have a bike to ride (hence the platform pedals and squishy saddle). Thankfully, it was donated along with the original fork. Wish you could see how the frame cleaned up after a bath, some T-Cut, and cleaning wax. That, and we successfully restocked our spacer stash....


As donated.


The final build.
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Old 08-08-19, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Binky View Post
Before and after Allpro 12-speed...












Wow, that is really nice work. That dull gold paint will never come back - too much lead. The yellowed tire walls are a stroke of aesthetic genius. Wonderful rescue.
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Old 08-08-19, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Johno59 View Post
Wow, that is really nice work. That dull gold paint will never come back - too much lead. The yellowed tire walls are a stroke of aesthetic genius. Wonderful rescue.

The black filth on the bike frame was ALL just water-soluable dirt.... so the bike frame cleaned up over 95% with just a soft paint brush and a bucket of soapy water.

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Old 08-17-19, 01:23 AM
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Bianchi Sport SX 9-Speed Conversion

This bike was OK as a 6-Speed cruiser, but that upright riding position never felt quite right on it. Here's Before:



So, after I finished my `49 Clubman and marveled at the ride on that, I did a similar build with this bike. It turned out a treat:







Now it feels fast and nimble, just as it was supposed to. This one's a Keeper.

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Old 08-17-19, 08:38 AM
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Looks great, but still upright to me.
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Old 08-17-19, 03:23 PM
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All theses are looking great
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Old 08-17-19, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by horatio View Post
Looks great, but still upright to me.
Well then, good thing you don't ride it. There are good reasons why I can't ride drops. But I still enjoy a sporty ride. So I build my own solutions.

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Old 08-17-19, 11:26 PM
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Old 08-18-19, 05:36 AM
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My 1976 Motobecane Grand Touring. My father purchased it new, and I pulled it down from the ceiling hooks it hadn't moved from since 1982 about a year ago, replaced all the consumables, and started riding it. This week, the spindle and bearings were replaced in the bottom bracket (French threads), new cables, and brake and derailleur teardown and rebuild. I had initially replaced the saddle but the original went back on yesterday as well.

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Old 08-18-19, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by noobinsf View Post

Nicely done.
Did this involve a repaint or?
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Old 08-18-19, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by OTS View Post
Nicely done.
Did this involve a repaint or?
Thanks! No, no repaint. I was lucky that the paint was in good shape under the preservative layer of grime. I used a straight blade to scrape the old yellowing clear coat off of the chrome, but I couldn’t do the same for the painted parts without removing the paint as well. Just a deep clean and a wax.
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Old 08-21-19, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by teambhultima View Post
1978(?) Schwinn Collegiate before ($6.88 at thrift) & after...
Merry Christams & Happy Holidays!

Really nice bike!
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