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Old 12-25-08, 05:42 PM
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That is the most badass cable hanger I've ever seen Please tell me someone still makes those!
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
Fuji Sports 12

Nice bike, but besides the bar wrap & removing the saddle bag support, it kinda looks the same? Or am i missing something here?
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Originally Posted by Machin Shin
1985 Peugeot PH10LE

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This nice little Pug got new cables, bartape, Shimano 105 aero brake levers, Shimano side pulls, and a good polishing. I had a similar one earlier this year that got the same treatment. Here it is:

those both look so nice. are these things to flip? no more flipping without offering to C&V folks first!
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte
Nice bike, but besides the bar wrap & removing the saddle bag support, it kinda looks the same? Or am i missing something here?
I know it is hard to see in the before pic, but most everything was greasy, corroded, or dirty.

New tubes, tires, cables, bar tape, and brakes plus a lot of cleaning, lubrication, truing, polishing, and touch up,
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
I know it is hard to see in the before pic, but most everything was greasy, corroded, or dirty.

New tubes, tires, cables, bar tape, and brakes plus a lot of cleaning, lubrication, truing, polishing, and touch up,

Yup, cameras are like that...they can trick you into thinking a bike looks nicer than it does in person. I've turned down a few promising looking Craigslist adds due to that same reason!
I see you did a lot to make this bike road worthy & probably added many years to it's useful life. Sorry I doubted you & Well done!
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Old 12-27-08, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeManDan
That is the most badass cable hanger I've ever seen Please tell me someone still makes those!
I think it's called a "power cam", well something like that. I used to have them on a bike. I don't remember them working as well as advertised, cause I removed them at some point. I though I still had them in box of parts, but I can't find them now.
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Old 12-27-08, 01:11 AM
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Originally Posted by rotharpunc
those both look so nice. are these things to flip? no more flipping without offering to C&V folks first!
Personally, I think this is a great idea. However, there exists no mechanism to do that. We cannot offer any "for sale" items here, and the general "for sale" forum is near useless for C&V stuff.

It would be nice to have a C&V "for sale" subforum, but I've been told that is not feasible.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Personally, I think this is a great idea. However, there exists no mechanism to do that. We cannot offer any "for sale" items here, and the general "for sale" forum is near useless for C&V stuff.

It would be nice to have a C&V "for sale" subforum, but I've been told that is not feasible.
perhaps, but a subtle "I got this one to sell" tossed in among the other info. about the bike wouldn't constitute trying to sell it here, just simply noting the purpose for said bikes acquisition, and if another C&V'er just happened to send a PM to inquire what would be the harm...

maybe we could get a "I got this bike/part to flip" sticky that would do the trick!

personally I'm stuck not being able to sell anything on here because I don't want to get a paid membership BECAUSE I would loose the ads, which I actually like and frequently check out. I'm don't feel like logging in and out just for that, so it looks like BF is going to have to do without me as a paid member until I get the option to keep the ads, or turn them on and off at my discretion.
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1983 Motobecane Super Mirage. This was my first refurb. Trying to make it into a sport touring commuter. Spent a bit too much but it was mostly fun.

Before:


Then add:
Sun/Formula 700c Wheelset
Michelin City 700x28 reflective tires
Cork bar tape
Tektro R200 brake levers
Suntour SVX front derailleur, Suntour shifters, extra long reach front caliper, Vetta saddle [from parts bike]
Shimano PD-M520 pedals [love these]
New Shimano Deore touring/MTB rear derailleur
New Shimano 14-34 freewheel
New 7-speed chain
New brake & shifter cable & housing

After:


I love the look, but it feels sluggish, I think because of the tires. Replaced tires with Continental GP 4000 700x25 reflective, because they were super cheap at PBK. After winter hibernation we'll see how it goes.

Possible upcoming changes: Lose the rear rack, add silver Planet Bike Cascadia fenders. Needs the seat post refinished or replaced. Considering making it a fixed gear later in 2009 for commuting/training/enjoyment.
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Old 12-28-08, 02:00 PM
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$40 CL Miyata 210. Ugly and beat up as found:



Still kinda ugly int he frame department, but it will make a nice fowl weather commuter :





It got some old 700 wheels thanks to another forum member, new cross tires, a neato nitto stem, $15 44cm alloy bars, cross levers, techtro levers, a cheapo frame pump, suntour bar ends, a ritchey triple, shimano ultegra front der my LBS gave me for 5 bucks, a suntour accushift rear der, and yes, that's my brooks with the cutout. That always goes on whatever bike I commute on.

Over all I think I might have $150 into the entire thing, but that pays itself back to me in gas money saved after just a few weeks of commuting.

The only problem is that every time I get on the bike and start peddling I fall over before I start moving. Not sure what the problem is...
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I know, I know you're probably not TOO interested in "cruisers". I took my father-in law's 1936 Monarch and did a little updating to it, for my son. He uses it around the neighborhood and the marina on weekends.

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Very impressive KOTA !
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Originally Posted by KOTA
I know, I know you're probably not TOO interested in "cruisers". I took my father-in law's 1936 Monarch and did a little updating to it, for my son. He uses it around the neighborhood and the marina on weekends.
Great job. I like the colors.
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Wow - incredible resto!
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Nicely done custom job.

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Good for another 72 years....or more!!!
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How did I miss this thread when I started a thread just for my bike the other day? I searched and everything. Oh well. Anyway, the Dumpster Queen, my 1983 Raleigh Marathon. Pulled out of a dumpster the week before Christmas, and fixed up for duty as my backup commuter... and my primary commuter is down for parts right now.

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Thanks for the compliments on the Monarch!.......It has a lot of sentimental value for my son and his kids. But just to prove that I'm not quite NORMAL, here is a 1936 Silver King (aluminum), that I put together for my wife..........It's a great pub crawler! I won the frame on ebay for $37........Remember it's all for FUN!

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[QUOTE=Doohickie;8093563]How did I miss this thread when I started a thread just for my bike the other day? I searched and everything. Oh well. Anyway, the Dumpster Queen, my 1983 Raleigh Marathon. Pulled out of a dumpster the week before Christmas, and fixed up for duty as my backup commuter... and my primary commuter is down for parts right now.
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Boy! Nice bike and must be taaaallllll
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I'm 6'-2". It's a 25" frame which fits just about right. It's the same size as my Nishiki Olympic 12 that I wrecked earlier this year. If I had a slightly longer seatpost, I'd probably go up another 1/2" to 1". I found someone online who has the same bike in a 27" frame! On his blog he calls it "Big Sexy". Look at the length of that head tube!

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I picked up this Cannondale SR400 that the original owner decided to make into his own version of a hybrid.
BEFORE:

I took it through a complete tear down, then did a frame up build. The replaced fork is an original Cannondale that I was fortunate to find locally on CL. It's a 1" threaded carbon fork that is the exact size for the head on this bike. The added brifters are seven speed Sora. The remainder of the components are original RX100.
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New tires and cables and all lubed. All that's left is a shake down/demo ride then it goes to it's new owner, a co-workers niece who is new to road biking. This is my second downtube shifter to brifter conversion. I've got a third in the planning stages.
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Before and After

1964 Schwinn Varsity.

Before:





I do not know what roads this bike has seen, but its last stop was in a front yard with a for sale sign on it.

After:

It is now headed for a second life on rollers; not exactly out to pasture (so to speak) but rather repurposed.









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I picked up this Cannondale SR400 that the original owner decided to make into his own version of a hybrid.
BEFORE:

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Rocco, I think you should have just wrapped those bars the way they were. It could be a new trend. I love the way the levers were mounted, Can you say--"Changing hand positions while riding"...

Also-THEMONDIA, I love the color on that Varsity...very nice restore..
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Before - a Schwinn Traveler III frame set:


After - a complete Sora 8 speed bike, built for a friend's 11 year old daughter:
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