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Old 07-04-09, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Hydrated View Post
My 1984 Trek 520

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I like that ALOT!!!

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I sure wish I had a "before" of Capo #1, which had been repainted in dull Rustoleum red by an earlier owner.
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Better before than after...

Here's a before and after horror story for you. The bike came to me as a still wrapped spanking noo frame dating 1940 or therabouts. Instead of keeping it for future generations to look at as what a brand new unbuilt 40's frame is like, I made the mistake of building it up, and worst of all, riding it...

Before is here http://membres.lycos.fr/partspeekers/newpage17.html

And this, may I be forgiven for my crimes, is after... (think it's a thumnail you may have to click on).
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A bike or two to add:

I garbage picked a 1987 Schwinn Sprint in February; just finished fixing it up for a friend of my wife's. Converted it from a roadie to a cruiser. Before:



After:





The dealer decal is from Bolen's Bike World, which was owned by the son of former Fort Worth mayor Bob Bolen.


At the point I think many have seen the transformation of my 1973 Schwinn Varsity Sport (rescued from the city dump) into a Varsity Tourst. Before:



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And, while it's not quite done, it is rideable again. I wish I could ride a bike this small, cuz it's pretty sweet- another garbage-picked bike, a 1981 Fuji Royale mixte. Before:



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Old 07-06-09, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Batman_3000 View Post
Here's a before and after horror story for you. The bike came to me as a still wrapped spanking noo frame dating 1940 or therabouts...
Let me get this straight; a 60+ year old bike frame came to you thrown over your hedge, still in the box and wrapped in paper? You sure you didn't steal that from a museum and throw a cheapo bike box into the vines for a photo op?

EDIT: OK, I read more of your website. Seems you ARE a liar. Things just "show up" in your hedge.

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Old 07-06-09, 09:08 PM
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1939 Raleigh Sports. not much changed but it looks alot better cleaned and changed around!

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Ok, let's come to an agreement...

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Location: Somerville, MA Originally Posted by Batman_3000 Here's a before and after horror story for you. The bike came to me as a still wrapped spanking noo frame dating 1940 or therabouts...

Let me get this straight; a 60+ year old bike frame came to you thrown over your hedge, still in the box and wrapped in paper? You sure you didn't steal that from a museum and throw a cheapo bike box into the vines for a photo op?

EDIT: OK, I read more of your website. Seems you ARE a liar. Things just "show up" in your hedge.
Ok, you have it sussed. That frame fell off the back of a truck. Seriously, a pal found a stock of 10 of the things still wrapped in an old shop, unbuilt and still under wraps. He ebayed them, I snapped one immediately, reserved another, and the rest, nobody was interested, would you believe it ? So the rest of the stuff he swapped for a pittance with a guy who has them stored in a damp corner of a garage down near Bordeaux. Amazing that people only see what they want to.

These things don't just turn up in the hedge, it's somebody has a grudge and keeps throwing old bikes at me.
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I've posted this before (in the "Saved from the Dump" sticky) as a garage sale find, but can't resist doing so again.

1985 Fuji Touring Series V. Before....




After....



A lot of time stripping it down, polishing, and building it up with new cables, hoods, handlebars & wrap and a saddle.
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Old 07-18-09, 05:43 PM
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'72 fuji the finest:

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before:



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I love the old Fuji's. That "Finest" is a beautiful bike.
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Old 07-20-09, 05:16 PM
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edit: I found the original picture from the CL ad; the seatpost was the wrong diameter and so was slammed down into the frame



Weird bar tape and very little love:



Some love:


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Old 07-29-09, 10:01 PM
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Here's my latest clean-up and refresh. Peugeot PH501. The color scheme is growing on me.


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is there tutorials on restorations in the forum??
that would be awesome
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old and new peugeot

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Old 07-30-09, 07:24 AM
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1974 Viscount Aerospace Pro

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Old 07-30-09, 09:14 PM
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Nice what an artful chainring.
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+1 for the tutorial question.

take for example the '72 fuji the finest above
- new paintjob or secret to get it that way (e.g. the chrome on the rear chainstay)
- the brake lever hoods. New or a secret to clean the rubber!

we should open a tips/howto topic
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Here's the 1982 Trek 614 my friend Joe picked up last weekend. Before:



After refurb:





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Old 08-01-09, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by leunkstar View Post
+1 for the tutorial question.

take for example the '72 fuji the finest above
- new paintjob or secret to get it that way (e.g. the chrome on the rear chainstay)
- the brake lever hoods. New or a secret to clean the rubber!

we should open a tips/howto topic
+2!

Having a centralized resource for this sort of information would be wonderfully helpful
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Old 08-02-09, 04:34 AM
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I can make a topic or setup a site for it. Even better: a site with open source wiki on it and before & after section. Anyone in favour?
Just a topic would also be fine but problem is the interaction/navigation.
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here is how they do it on the BMX forum: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewforum.php?id=25
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OK, here's a bike that I bought off Craig's List to use as a "grocery getter". In retrospect, I probably paid more than I should have...I paid $150 + $20 for a spare set of wheels (that I ended up not using), but there was enough wrong with the bike that it was really probably worth about $100.

The frame was in decent enough shape, but I swapped out most everything else for stuff I had in a spares bin or got cheap at a bike shop (except for the derailleurs, seatpost, and brake calipers) and built up a new set of wheels (Sun CR-18's on Mavic 501 hubs...I have a Mavic hub fetish). Took it for its inaugural spin tonight. It rides pretty nicely, though I probably should have gone for a 56cm frame instead of a 58 (which is what I normally ride), and I need to find some different tires. The Conti trail tires are nice for the bike path, but I think some 700x32 Pasela's would be a better choice. I also need to drill out the rear rim for Schraeder.

I'm hoping it's low-key enough to go unnoticed. The frame has some paint dings and decal scrapes, so it doesn't look like a bike worth stealing.

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Originally Posted by quest831 View Post
is there tutorials on restorations in the forum??
that would be awesome
I've just started a thread that hopefully people will post their restoration tips on here in the Classic and Vintage Forum. Here is the link:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=570256
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I have a couple of pics that I just took of a 1965-66 Columbia tandem I received in trade along with 2 other bikes. I did a complete makeover to it using the mint Troxel seats off the other bikes I got with it and 99.9% of the original parts ( even the orig D.I.D chain) with only the rear bars and tires and tubes needing replacement and I changed the color of the grips.The bike was covered in surface rust and a inch of dirt from sitting in a barn for more then 40 years. The wife and I didn't like it and by chance someone that saw another bike I had listed on CL asked if I had a old tandem I could fix up for him (he liked a build I did on a old Ross Beach Cruiser and listed on CL) he offered me $280 for the tandem so it was a no brainer to sell it to him,I just got a email from the guy who bought it and he is a life guard in Ocean City NJ and loves it and rides it to work everyday and wants me to keep an eye out for more because his friends now have to have one and they liked my work,it's great to get letters like that.

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I have a couple of pics that I just took of a 1965-66 Columbia tandem...
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Well, I can't say I like those saddles, and I'm thinking the angle of the handlebars would be uncomfortable... but you sure did a beautiful job!
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