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Old 03-01-10, 09:08 PM
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Hey Doohickie That shot on the bench FTW! Got that in a larger size? Awesome bike, you have skills!
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A townie for Mom

Sorry, but I don't have any before pictures. This project started as a Raleigh 10 speed mixte in a sorry state; rusty rims, seatpost, and chain. I had it powder coated, built up a 27" 3 speed wheelset, ordered bars, stem, seatpost, and saddle and made Mom smile with her birthday present!

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1944 Claud Butler Continental Club: BEFORE and AFTER
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It's somewhat vintage so I'll post it here. My goal was a budget cyclocross race bike. It started out as an '85 Nishiki Riviera GT touring frame that was in terrible shape paint wise. I still have some minor adjustments to make, but it's pretty much done. I also plan on switching to canti brakes. Oh, and it came in at $275 as it sits so not too bad.

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Originally Posted by Altmangf
...and made Mom smile with her birthday present!
Beautiful work. Your mom is blessed!
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From somewhere in between...



With her groove back...

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This smart guy is going to get chain crud on his pants!
His suit says "I have an important and prospering career"
while his rims say "Don't listen to my suit and glasses, I like to party"

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With her groove back...

I wish I had something like that for the winter! I assume the cyclone setup is a nod to the warmer months ahead? New goal for the year... work on finding a better winter bike (but not too nice)
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Originally Posted by darkmagus
It's somewhat vintage so I'll post it here. My goal was a budget cyclocross race bike. It started out as an '85 Nishiki Riviera GT touring frame that was in terrible shape paint wise. I still have some minor adjustments to make, but it's pretty much done. I also plan on switching to canti brakes. Oh, and it came in at $275 as it sits so not too bad.

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This bike looks pretty slick, well done! What is the advantage of switching to cantilever brakes?
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I had a '75 Cutless Supreme just like that only a darker blue when I was in high school. Man, I loved that car.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
This bike looks pretty slick, well done! What is the advantage of switching to cantilever brakes?
Thanks, it's definitely been a fun project. Probably no advantage to what's on there as far as braking goes. I mainly just like the look of cantis on cross bikes. Well that and I'm actually borrowing the V-brakes for the time being from my mountain bike.
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I wish I had something like that for the winter! I assume the cyclone setup is a nod to the warmer months ahead? New goal for the year... work on finding a better winter bike (but not too nice)
I retired this bike from winter duty a few years ago thinking that I did not want to subject what is one of my favourite bikes (ever) to the abuse our winters dish out.

I found another Kuwahara to serve as my winter bike... it is an '88 Shasta which is also a hand built lugged frame on Ishiwata triple butted tubes. Just because I ride in thre winter does not mean I will put up with riding a beater as winter is already hard enough.

The Shasta was a model down from the Cascade which was their top of the line model and as such, not nearly as common.

My Cascade used to look almost identical to the Shasta which inherited some of her old parts.

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Just for the sake of completeness:

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The wheels on that Ciocc are begging for decal removal.
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1970 Raleigh Sports

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Very nice, that's exactly what a Sports should look like.

Does it fit you tolerably well? I thought you needed a bigger frame generally, and with this style of bike you'd want an even bigger one?
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Very nice, that's exactly what a Sports should look like.

Does it fit you tolerably well? I thought you needed a bigger frame generally, and with this style of bike you'd want an even bigger one?
No, it is too small for me. It is not enjoyable for me to ride so I am going to sell it. I wasn't sure when I bought it, but there is just no way. Still, I am glad that I fixed it up.
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Before:


After: One of my favorite steel bikes. I'm waiting on hoods, of course...
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I am sure it's one of my fav's too - but don't keep me guessing - which model is it ?
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I don't have any decent "before" pics of this one, but here's the "after" shots of a Panasonic Sport 500 I've had for a few years. I recently cleaned it up for a friend and found that I'd scavenged some parts from it for other bikes, so I had to dip into the parts bin for the stem, bars, levers, and the nifty Thun Coranado cranks.

Should be a reliable and economical ride.





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Very nice, Panasonic. Never had stem shifters before. Can't make out the components though...
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Very nice, Panasonic. Never had stem shifters before. Can't make out the components though...
Nothing remarkable, it's a low-end model. Panasonic did a nice job with the finish for a low end model, it looks even better in person.
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Bike still had its original spec Michelin 700 x 21 Tires and Shimano Brake pads and Sedis chain

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Cheapo $23 Mirage RD to experiment with my converter cluster for Campy 10sp. Works fantastic, I may upgrade the RD to something more exotic later on, but its snappy, instant, and no skating/skipping



Aluminum 10sp Centaur shifters. Pinarello panto Stem and Campag Aero Seatpost..

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