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Old 05-09-20, 08:24 AM
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1983 Nishiki Rally thrown out for trash, and is now being used by my girlfriend instead. New chain, tires, cables & housing, rust cleaning, changed to comfort bars from the original drop bars...

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My 1950 Raleigh Superbe "Sports Tourist" was in a shed for 30-40 years. Original Dunlop tire on the rear wheel. The photo (sorry it isn't very good) makes it look a little better than it was. Quite nasty. I don't think it had ever seen service. When I took the hubs and bottom bracket apart, the horror! Now, it is in prime shape.


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His and hers Schwinn Travelers.

Both bikes covered with thick dried oil.



Darn Covid

Discovered I don't have any extra shifter cables (had to polish old ones with sandpaper) and only one set of black bar tape so ordered more.
Will install new bar tape tomorrow. Cream paint will be hard to match.

For now larger frame is done. It doesn't seem to meet catalogue specs but owner swears he bought both bikes at same time from same store and did nothing to them. Anyone hazard guess on year?



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Originally Posted by Ged117
My 1950 Raleigh Superbe "Sports Tourist" was in a shed for 30-40 years. Original Dunlop tire on the rear wheel. The photo (sorry it isn't very good) makes it look a little better than it was. Quite nasty. I don't think it had ever seen service. When I took the hubs and bottom bracket apart, the horror! Now, it is in prime shape.


That is wonderful, thanx for sharing.
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I wasn't satisfied with the condition of the 105 shifters I first bought so I found another pair in wayyy better condition.

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I have four bikes with those shifters and hyperglide cassettes. Smoothest shifting.

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I wasn't satisfied with the condition of the 105 shifters I first bought so I found another pair in wayyy better condition.

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Finished reconditioning this 1987 Raleigh Tecnhium 420. Spent a lot of time reviving the badly oxidized paint. Ditched the stem siifters and turkey levers for indexed Shimano Light Action and trusty Dia Compe QR levers. The final result was much nicer than expected and rode surprisingly well. Very impressed with the shifting of the Light Action RD Really doesn't belong in my stable so I sold it to a young man on a budget wanting to try cycling. Ought to be perfect for him.

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thanks very much for posting; handsome job!

do you know who Huffman sourced the forks from for these?

perhaps you discovered a maker's mark on the steerer...


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thanks very much for posting; handsome job!

do you know who Huffman sourced the forks from for these?

perhaps you discovered a maker's mark on the steerer...
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I had it all apart but didnt think to look. I dont recall any mark to speak of. I can tell you the bare fork weighed 830g and had a 27.0 crown race.
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Getting done with a pair of his-n-hers early-'70's Western Flyer (Murray-built) 5-speeds; these had been in a heated warehouse for at least the past 20 years, possible longer. The seller says his grandparents bought them, and they both died many years ago. All I had to do was clean and lube; new tires and brake pads, along with some cable adjustments. I know these are nothing special, but they are survivors. Not many of these left, especially in this condition.



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Picked this up as part of a package deal with the express intent of flipping it to pay for the other bike it came with.



Finally got a chance to work on it and finished it yesterday and listed it last evening. Sold in less than 18 hours.

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Picked up 2 wheelsets and one was a Mavic G40. Tommasini needed a wheelset upgrade.

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Miele UNO LS.

Before. Converted from 27" wheels to 700C wheels.



Then reworked into a touring bike by having cantilever brake mounts and cable stop, and rear rack mounts on the seatstays, plus a third water bottle brazeon mounts under the downtube brazed on.


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I posted this in the "Saved from the dump" thread a couple of months ago and there has since been an update. I refurbed this '85 Schwinn Sprint for a close friend who wishes to get into shape and start cycling. He had it until a couple of days ago when he gave it back to me. It turns out that he just couldn't get used to DT shifters. It is in great shape, I swapped out a bunch of parts and put on a spare 700c wheelset. It even has the LBS sticker still on it and the owner is still in business and remembers selling a few of these. Luck has it that I saved another bike recently from Public Works guys who were about to throw it in the back of their dump truck while cleaning a city park. This one is a brifter-equipped 2009 Specialized Allez in great condition so the swap was made. Now to find a new owner for this Schwinn...

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1987 Prelude frameset donated by @mstateglfr. I drewed the top tube guides, pump peg, fender eyelets, and the rear derailleur cable stop. I added a new diver helmet cable stop courtesy of @gugie, and I spread the rear triangle to 130mm. The decals are laser jet DIY. I plan to build with as many Italian components as I can scrounge from the parts bin.. the rest will be Japanese from same said bin.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
1987 Prelude frameset donated by @mstateglfr. I drewed the top tube guides, pump peg, fender eyelets, and the rear derailleur cable stop. I added a new diver helmet cable stop courtesy of @gugie, and I spread the rear triangle to 130mm. The decals are laser jet DIY. I plan to build with as many Italian components as I can scrounge from the parts bin.. the rest will be Japanese from same said bin.
Wow, great job!

I think that's the first Bianchi flavored Schwinn I've seen.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Wow, great job!

I think that's the first Bianchi flavored Schwinn I've seen.
Thanks Merziac! The non-drive side chainstay pays homage to the representative countries of frame and components. Added the Amico Fidato just for fun.
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
Thanks Merziac! The non-drive side chainstay pays homage to the representative countries of frame and components. Added the Amico Fidato just for fun.
Very cool!
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred
1987 Prelude frameset donated by @mstateglfr. I drewed the top tube guides, pump peg, fender eyelets, and the rear derailleur cable stop. I added a new diver helmet cable stop courtesy of @gugie, and I spread the rear triangle to 130mm. The decals are laser jet DIY. I plan to build with as many Italian components as I can scrounge from the parts bin.. the rest will be Japanese from same said bin.
Very nicely done, I really like the paint and the decal application....striking in its simplicity and very elegant.
I did send you a PM.
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The second rebuild of my Miele Uno LS.

Again the bike after the first build.



The second rebuild and before the Touring build.




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This bike is finished so thought I'd post it here. My gravel grinder which I just installed "new" wheels and some 105 brifters/rd.
The day I brought it home
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After the install this morning
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The '82 912 is on its third crankset in less than a year. Not that the first two didn't work well. I really love the Triomphe. But when I recently picked up a Chorus crank on a flip, I had to use it on one of my bikes. Hopefully it will work out on the Miyata with its new Token cartridge bb. And I also scored a Brooks Pro and some Victory pedals.







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