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Old 01-09-24, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by aceves
My latest project: 1988 Bianchi Brava custom resto-mod. Road bike to single-speed streetfighter conversion. This will be a fun street bike to use around town. Super comfortable and light. Custom pearl white & red paint, flatbar, half-link chain, black rims, red tires, 105 brakes, Salsa chainring, Oury grips, vintage Bianchi saddle. Love how it turned out!

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Did you paint yourself? If so, you did a fantastic job!
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May as well post this here. This is an intermediate, before two future iterations (the last will be restored as a restomod with a better paint scheme and components, the next will be a rider restomod)

"Before" - Previous owner had it powdercoated as a single speed, with bulge in top and down tube
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After Horror bike treatment, but not yet rolled out blemishes
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Hi jdawginsc, I did paint the Bianchi myself. Thought I'd do something different. Thanks for the kind words! Your project looks great as well!!

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Originally Posted by aceves
Hi jdawginsc, I did paint the Bianchi myself. Thought I'd do something different. Thanks for the kind words! Your project looks great as well!!

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Thanks. It was tongue in cheek for the horror build, but if I used the scheme on a lesser bike, I would be decently pleased. I have a few ideas up my sleeve for the next iteration, most of which will irritate the Ernesto sensibilities...

Love the scheme. Must have been painstakingly masked! It really pops.
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My 1968 Jack Taylor tandem with French Cyclo rear derailleur, Lefol fenders, 650b mavic Criterium rims, custom racks, Swiss made Lucifer generator set with fender mounted tail light/reflector. Oviously the Taylor Brothers were inspired by French Construteurs




















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^^ Holy pin striping Batman, that bike is beautiful.
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~1974 Centurion Le Mans

Before: My Wife sent this pic from the thrift store last July, said "it's $35 and has the pretty thingy's where the tubes come together like on your red bike" (That's my Paramount). "Do you want me to buy it?"

"Hell Yea!" I answered.

After: My new gravel/x-bike. Mostly built it out of parts I had laying around from donor bikes & spare parts except for the seat & tires. Only kept the handlebars, crank & front derailleur (I don't have a Shimano bottom pull FD on hand, and the shifter seems to work with the Suntour derailleur. Most importantly it's fun to ride.
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1972 Schwinn Paramount P-13.


All I can say about this is *ugh*.

Painted Gios blue. I did not like any of the stock Paramount colors and wanted something that helped the decals pop. Thanks to Jack at Franklin Frames for the superb repaint.
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1992 Schwinn Crosspoint

It was not hard to nail down the vintage of this one. I found that Schwinn only made them for one year as part of a line of four “cross” models. I also have a Crosscut, so I may now find it hard to resist completing the set.

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I got the frame without the fork from my local community bike shop in January. I dug the British Racing Green color and the paint was in pretty good shape. I used liquid model paint to touch up the nicks. I had a Kenesis alloy fork that I painted to match with automotive touch up paint. Although it’s also British Racing Green, it’s more teal than the frame paint. Close enough for rock’n’ roll. To mimic the colorway of the original, I used tan-wall touring tires, a brown seat, and brown bar tape.

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Some knucklehead made off with the Schwinn badge (probably to try to sell back to me on eBay) so I made a new one. Take that! (I mean, not literally, not again.)




A lot of the components are from my parts bins, such as the brake calipers, wheels, 8-speed cassette, Sugino triple crank, SunTour bear trap pedals, and the quill adapter. I got the set of matching Exage derailleurs from the community bike shop for $5 each.




I set it up for all-weather riding because I’m planning to ship it to New York to ride in the Five Boro Tour with my son in early May. After shipping myself and the bike cross country, I’m riding, rain or shine.

I’m so far liking the way it rides, although I could probably get a more compliant ride with a steel fork. I may replace it at some point. This might also be a bike to try some alt handlebars on.
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^^^^^ Those "cross" Schwinns were great. They never felt "sedate" like so many hybrids. My CrossCut feels at home pretty-much everywhere I take it.
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My curb find 730 Multitrack

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AceraX 3x7 drivetrain & Acera wheel set
PostModerne seat post and adjustable stem



After (minus a saddle and stem change over the weekend)
2x11 105 5800 with FSA crank
Microshift Centos shifters
Mavic Wheels with 105 5501 hubs
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Originally Posted by madpogue
^^^^^ Those "cross" Schwinns were great. They never felt "sedate" like so many hybrids. My CrossCut feels at home pretty-much everywhere I take it.
To me, it’s amazing they produced those good bikes as the company was in the last stages of being mismanaged into the ground. As anyone knows who’s been through the experience of working for a company that’s circling the drain and then gets acquired, it’s not easy to do your best work in those circumstances. I have similar admiration for the people who worked for SunTour at the end of their heyday.
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My 1993 Giant Tourer hybrid back 10years ago

My 1993 Giant Tourer after this year's update

XT 780 T transmission and vbrakes replaced the oudated Altus alongwith cantilevers and Mavic A 719 high end gravel rims replaced the low end Alex rims. It is smoother and faster to ride not to mention much lighter.
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Originally Posted by Alleytom
Before: My Wife sent this pic from the thrift store last July, said "it's $35 and has the pretty thingy's where the tubes come together like on your red bike" (That's my Paramount). "Do you want me to buy it?"

"Hell Yea!" I answered.

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Very sporting, I like it. Not sure about the cable route for the rear brake. I would loop it over the post pin to the adjuster.
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I have a question about that, could I run the cable housing right to the adjuster? Right now when I adjust the seat it either loosens or tightens the brake by moving the bracket on the seat post.
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Originally Posted by Alleytom
I have a question about that, could I run the cable housing right to the adjuster? Right now when I adjust the seat it either loosens or tightens the brake by moving the bracket on the seat post.
Yes, the donor brake should have a cable housing going directly into the adjuster, exactly the same way as you have it on the front. The stop that's attached via the seat binder is part of the old original brake setup. You should remove it and store it with those brakes, so it will be available if they're used on some other bike.
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Will do that, thanks, now I can adjust my seat without affecting my brakes!
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