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Old 11-01-19, 12:54 PM
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Before and After Pug

Pug Rehab (or How to Turn $20 into a $300 spend)This is the before, during, and after of an unscheduled 30 day build. $20 CL purchase intended only to scavenge a few parts (butterfly wheelnuts and the rear rack). Guilt got the best of me, so this 1972 Peugeot AE8 was revisioned to a French Porteur. Included full rattle can repaint, decals; new, used, NOS, reused, and partsbin sourced parts; and rebuild of leather saddle. I got the wine box a few years ago from a friend who found it (damaged) in the garage of a cabin he bought. I repaired it then, with the for-thought of putting it on one of my other bikes. The wine box is from France 1962, complete with US customs stamp and French Line cruise ship luggage tags (dated july 4, 1963 with the name of the original cabin owner and his wife he brought from France in 1963). This unplanned build sought to repurpose the bike, but leave some of the pitting and scars of age and inherent quality imperfections of itís Peugeot/Bike Boom ancestry. It all came together nicely in the end. Not perfect...just perfect enough. Rides wonderfully. Save the Pugs!

Purchased Sep 21, 2019. Project Start: Sep 23, 2019. Project Finish: Oct 19, 2019.











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Originally Posted by Goosecheck View Post
Pug Rehab (or How to Turn $20 into a $300 spend)This is the before, during, and after of an unscheduled 30 day build. $20 CL purchase intended only to scavenge a few parts (butterfly wheelnuts and the rear rack). Guilt got the best of me, so this 1972 Peugeot AE8 was revisioned to a French Porteur. Included full rattle can repaint, decals; new, used, NOS, reused, and partsbin sourced parts; and rebuild of leather saddle. I got the wine box a few years ago from a friend who found it (damaged) in the garage of a cabin he bought. I repaired it then, with the for-thought of putting it on one of my other bikes. The wine box is from France 1962, complete with US customs stamp and French Line cruise ship luggage tags (dated july 4, 1963 with the name of the original cabin owner and his wife he brought from France in 1963). This unplanned build sought to repurpose the bike, but leave some of the pitting and scars of age and inherent quality imperfections of itís Peugeot/Bike Boom ancestry. It all came together nicely in the end. Not perfect...just perfect enough. Rides wonderfully. Save the Pugs!

Purchased Sep 21, 2019. Project Start: Sep 23, 2019. Project Finish: Oct 19, 2019.











Wow, that's gorgeous! Is that your imprimatur on the saddle?
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Old 11-01-19, 04:08 PM
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Thanks. Yes, my "brand" on the saddle, just for fun. Make a saddle bags once in a while (gifts and for practice). Saddle was a new experience.
Keeps me off the streets, and in the garage.
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I found this Nishiki laying in a ditch by the side of a country road. It had dry rotted tires and for all appearances, looked like it had fallen off a trailer where someone was cleaning out a garage or shed. After about a week, I took it home, put up signs. No one claimed it. New set of tires and fenders, threw on some spare trinkets, and viola! The price was right, and this thing has been bulletproof.

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Viner Special Touring

Before

As-bought for $150 about a month ago:



After

This afternoon on its shakedown ride:



Full Dura Ace drivetrain, Ultegra-hubbed wheelset, Tektro brakes, and a lightweight Selle Italia Turbo saddle in lieu of my usual Brooks. All this comes in at 22.4 lbs - my lightest bike to date. And it rides beautifully. Exhilarating would be a good one-word description.

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Old 12-08-19, 06:48 PM
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Finished up this little beauty today. Still having a little issue with the rear derailleur jumping around. A little play in the main bolt, but thatíll get worked out. Fun project.



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Old 12-15-19, 12:45 PM
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As purchased, after stripping off the rattle can paint, completed.



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Old 01-14-20, 02:28 PM
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My Vicini build... before and after. Really happy how it turned out.

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Old 01-14-20, 03:02 PM
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Wow! That looks spectacular!

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My Vicini build... before and after. Really happy how it turned out.

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Old 02-16-20, 07:52 PM
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A 1069 (or there abouts) PX10 frame that I am now building up, as posted on Ebay, and after some cleaning, touch-up, and new Nervex and Reynolds decals. All the Peugeot decals remain original:







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Old 02-16-20, 08:16 PM
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A 1069 (or there abouts) PX10 frame that I am now building up, as posted on Ebay, and after some cleaning, touch-up, and new Nervex and Reynolds decals. All the Peugeot decals remain original:
No wonder why the Norman conquest succeeded. Look at what they were riding in those days!



The frame looks spectacular! Very nice!
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Old 03-30-20, 08:01 AM
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Still my favourite Before & After Benotto Tandem

Still my absolute favourite "Before & After" : Benotto Tandem. First picture as found for sale on Kijiji, with three wheels on a rural property in southern Ontario..
Paid $20 CDN (about $15 US). Seat posts were stubborn... but not impossible.
Very decent components and the Campagnolo forged drops were not damaged: Cinelli, Miche, Gardin, Campagnolo,
I unbolted the rear section and left it there on the farm, and found a good strong concave-profile Weinmann alloy rim for the rear to replace the caboose.
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Old 04-02-20, 03:39 PM
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Picked up this 72/3 world voyageur, ironically the original orange was underneath that paint

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Old 04-06-20, 04:48 PM
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replying to follow the thread. great pics
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After over 4 years waiting its turn I finally got to my 1970 Raleigh Competition last week, took it for a 24 mile ride today. First outing on 32mm tires, still a little tweaking to do but it's is basically how I'd always planned for it to end up. As found, a lot of grime and rust to deal with, the decals were pretty much gone. Berthold bag and other bits were a nice plus.




After refurbish and refit. I decided to go French to the extent possible, bit of a mutt but I like it:


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After over 4 years waiting its turn I finally got to my 1970 Raleigh Competition last week, took it for a 24 mile ride today. First outing on 32mm tires, still a little tweaking to do but it's is basically how I'd always planned for it to end up. As found, a lot of grime and rust to deal with, the decals were pretty much gone. Berthold bag and other bits were a nice plus.




After refurbish and refit. I decided to go French to the extent possible, bit of a mutt but I like it:

I've never seen the cable housing under the bottom bracket as in your before picture - was that not unusual, or was it regular practice with the Raleigh's? With the beautiful chromed lugs, I would have expected chromed cable guides low on the seat tube, or braised on guide tubes on the bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by Binky View Post
Still my absolute favourite "Before & After" : Benotto Tandem. First picture as found for sale on Kijiji, with three wheels on a rural property in southern Ontario..
Paid $20 CDN (about $15 US). Seat posts were stubborn... but not impossible.
Very decent components and the Campagnolo forged drops were not damaged: Cinelli, Miche, Gardin, Campagnolo,
I unbolted the rear section and left it there on the farm, and found a good strong concave-profile Weinmann alloy rim for the rear to replace the caboose.
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I've never seen the cable housing under the bottom bracket as in your before picture - was that not unusual, or was it regular practice with the Raleigh's? With the beautiful chromed lugs, I would have expected chromed cable guides low on the seat tube, or braised on guide tubes on the bottom bracket.
These came equipped with Simplex Prestige and the cable housing should go from it to a cable stop on the downtube ahead of the bottom bracket. The PO had replaced that with the Campy Record FD which works differently and he used the steel housing under the BB to guide. I assume it performed okay but inelegant to say the least and I never tested to find out. I went with a Jubilee FD with the same issue as the Record but I used a seat tube clamp-on stop to terminate the cable housing, much better.
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My "before" is actually not quite how I got the bike. The picture below shows a '91? Holdsworth Criterium which is not one of the "desirable" Holdsworths being from the production line era. The frame is Reynolds 531 though. It came in a "pearlescent pink" and arrived with me completely stock Shimano EX 400 minus brake calipers. Originally I was planning on giving it to my son so first took the original stock 20C? Contis off it (I kept them) and replaced them with some 25C Luganos (Yes cheap and cheerful.) This picture also shows that by this stage I had replaced the stock brown suede (I think it is real suede) Selle Italia "Vetta" with a Fizik Arione. Finally I've added a pair of SRAM Rival calipers. Bought it for £110 off ebay but seller local to me so I could collect it. It was in very good condition. Paintwork was not bad with only a nick or 2 here and there. A few tweaks adjusting the gears and brakes and it was ready to go. Was very strange to ride a bike with a 7 spd 11-23 cassette on the back. No granny gear on this. I went out with a small toolkit to test it out and adjust anything if needed. Here it is on that day of testing:

Holdsworth Criterium Stock

It rode like a dream and I fell in love with it instantly..............so my boy didn't get this.........He got my old bike frame with an SRAM Apex groupset on it and I transferred all my goodies onto this frame. Crazy I know. This frame and forks plus headset weighs 3kg. The alu frame/ carbon forks it replaced weighed 1.85kg. So now the Holdsworth above is mine, has been resprayed in Gloss Red because I hated the "pearlescent pink"and has been fully modernized:

Holdsworth Criterium modernized

It has Schwalbe Durano Plus on at the moment. I prefer Conti GP4kS2 tyres but have had 4 punctures with them this year so had to compromise. I ride this to work so can;t get that many punctures. It also has my "shop" pedals on it. Meaning pedals for normal shoes. I usually have some exustars on there if I'm going any kind of distance. The bike weighs in at a respectable 9.5kg.

Disclaimer: None of the vintage components included in the first picture have been harmed, damaged or disposed of in anyway. They have been used to upgrade an old Sun Solo.

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@GreenNeedle, The Holdsworth looks great after the update. Those 531 frames ride really well.
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Really excited to finish this one up, 73 Raleigh professional that received a 80s make over, received braze ons along with bottle mounts, kept campy shifters, then it had super maxy crank, shimano 600 rear ofmega front derailleurs, modolo flash brakeset, mavic g40 rims but kept campy hubs, cinelli bars stem and seat


Redid original paint schem, finished out campy driveline (shifters, derailuers, crankset bottom bracket) diacompe g500 brakeset, 3ttt stem and bars, relaced campy hubs into some new sun m13II, kept campy seat post added gyes seat and syn leather bar tape, finished off with some fenders.

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My PX-10 partially broken down and completed. Unfortunately it is way too small so I will eventually pass it on.


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'71 Gitane Super Corsa frame/fork build. I picked this up from a fellow BF member a couple of years ago and finally finished it late last year. I find myself enjoying this bike more and more.





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