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Old 10-01-22, 03:08 PM
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OK, this isn't something usually seen in C&V but it IS a 1987 so it's old enough and if you look at "C&V" as "Confusing & Vile"........

1987 Dahon Stowaway folding bike. They're kind of goofy looking but this thing is a blast to ride and with the 7 speed, 170mm cranks and 53t chainwheel you can get it rolling pretty good, maybe too good for 20 inch wheels LOL.

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Originally Posted by mackgoo

Someone rebranded a Galmozzi as a Bianchi?!
Just goes to show how deep the cult of Bianchi runs.
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Originally Posted by mackgoo

What is going on here? Is this even the same frame? Did you take a Bianchi and try to turn it into a Galmozzi? Re-routing the rear der cable over the BB?
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This is what $150 got me


A bit of effort and parts from the bin
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce
What is going on here? Is this even the same frame? Did you take a Bianchi and try to turn it into a Galmozzi? Re-routing the rear der cable over the BB?
You tell me.


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Originally Posted by mackgoo
You tell me.


Wow, is there a thread on here somewhere that I missed? So someone took a Galmozzi frame and added an FD tab and cable stops while removing the BB and chain stay cable guides? Impressive result.
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Great results.

Did you know it was a Galmozzi before you bought it?

Does the Galmozzi stamp on the head tube show through the new paint?
I love those little details.
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'78 Raleigh Super Course - Craig's find (really dirty) Before pic

After (left the frame patina)- mostly parts I had on hand. The ride is exceptional.
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I Almost Forgot About This Thread...

1984 Schwinn High Sierra

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Small changes to my drop bar '88 GT Karakoram today, crankset and wheels. I swapped the FSA crankset for the CODA I had on my 1990 Diamond Back Interval.

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That new wheelset looks great on this bike.
Well done.
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A Windsor professional as picked up and after some clean up and pulling some parts out of the parts bin.


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Originally Posted by SwimmerMike
A Windsor professional as picked up and after some clean up and pulling some parts out of the parts bin.


And a magical paint-job!
Nice though!
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
And a magical paint-job!
Nice though!
I guess I forgot to mention getting some special order orange paint that barely covered the primer, then getting another orange (which I like better). Oh yeah two sets of decals since I screwed up on the first set. And of course a glamour clear coat.
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The Italian Job - 1986 Bianchi Squadra

...or "How To Make Photos Taken Against a White Garage Door Look Good"

Just finished this speedy little project. Here's a Before shot from the CL ad:



This was my parts donor bike, a 1998-ish Bianchi Sport SX:



That was a very nice bike, but it was made in Taiwan, which always sort of bothered me. I needed a speedy Italian lightweight in my life.

These next two "after" shots were taken this morning, while prepping for a ride.



Rather than go with the usual upside-down SOMA Oxford handlebar, I decided to use the SOMA Mustache II 3-Speed bar instead. This allowed a sportier, forward-biased riding position - more appropriate for the bike's design and geometry.



According to the 1986 Bianchi catalog (Thanks, @ Bianchigirll!), the stock Squadra weighed 22.5 lbs as-delivered. With my Shimano Deore 1x9 drivetrain swap, this bike weighs a skosh heavier at 23.6 lbs naked (No bags or bottles). That makes it the lightest bike in my stable.

I had transferred the Handsome CyclesŪ crankset (with 1x plus chainguard ring) over, and it seemed to fit alright, but I was warned about this over on the "What Have You Been Wrenching On Lately?" thread. Sure enough, on one of my test rides I noticed that the crankset had bottomed on the BB spindle, and developed a very slight wobble. Then I got SO LUCKY...



Both cranksets were 130 BCD! So I just swapped the rings over and reused the Ofmega/Bianchi crank on this bike - problem solved. I'll be taking "Sophia" (the name is explained in the "What Have You Been Wrenching On Lately?" thread too) out on a shakedown ride later this afternoon, when I can dress in normal riding gear and not have to emulate Nanook of the North. I'll post my shots from that on the "Where'd You Ride Today" thread.
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Steve Bauer Vortex Equipe
Tange Prestige

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Wow, great work, huge get after it there. You a painter, have one that's a good friend or stepped way up?
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Wow, great work, huge get after it there. You a painter, have one that's a good friend or stepped way up?
Thanks! This is my first back-yard paint job. I made the masks in Illustrator, had a local shop cut the vinyl for me. Then:

Step 1 - White coat + first mask


Step 2: Orange Coat, remove 1st mask, add second mask (not shown for some reason)



Step 3: Blue coat. Remove 2nd mask set. And Look, I didn't paint my shoes!

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Originally Posted by strathconaman
Thanks! This is my first back-yard paint job. I made the masks in Illustrator, had a local shop cut the vinyl for me. Then:

Step 1 - White coat + first mask


Step 2: Orange Coat, remove 1st mask, add second mask (not shown for some reason)



Step 3: Blue coat. Remove 2nd mask set. And Look, I didn't paint my shoes!

Well again, great work, looks fantastic.

Seems you're a painter of some sort with plenty of pro level drop cloths.

Any durability issues yet?
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Originally Posted by merziac
Well again, great work, looks fantastic.

Seems you're a painter of some sort with plenty of pro level drop cloths.

Any durability issues yet?
Nope. It has a matte clear coat...
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Originally Posted by strathconaman
Nope. It has a matte clear coat...
Excellent!
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I picked up this mystery frame looking for a good candidate for S&S coupler retrofit to make a rando bike:



Through the magic of spray cans and inkjet waterslide decals, it has become:



I am just waiting for the paint to harden before I clearcoat and unmask the couplers.
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