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Old 04-13-10, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by champion city
Have I got a before/after for you guys.

Here's the CCM I restored for my girlfriend as I received it:
WOW. What a basket case. Don't waste your time...!

And here is is, circa two days ago.


I'll try and get a better photo of its current state if you guys are interested.
Errrrrm.... Nice basket! Very good resto.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
WOW. What a basket case. Don't waste your time...!
Errrrrm.... Nice basket! Very good resto.
Thanks, I know the photo isn't the white garage door we so revere in these parts, but She takes the photos. This means they come out more 'art' than bike display.

These days I wouldn't touch a basket case like that with a ten-foot pole, but that resto was my first step into C&V bicycling. Sure was a doozy.
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Yeah, well, I'm glad it got you into it, because that work is really admirable. Inspiring, really.
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One of those black madwagons, was the first bike I bought when I got back into bikes in 2003. Mine was odd though. It is oddly sized
and not the usual medium size like the one you found. The head tube looks the same length, but the top tube and stays have a high
upward arch to them. It's really tall in the seat tube. With the seat at leg extension height, it was pretty high off the ground, or seemed
to be. I could barely even touch the ground, or get going without kicking off first. Here's a pic in it's full glory as a rat rod cruiser.,,,,BD

Well, not quite full glory. I added one of those Electra saddles with the custom looking sititching after this pic. The seat was way down.

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Originally Posted by Bikedued
One of those black madwagons, was the first bike I bought when I got back into bikes in 2003. Mine was odd though. It is oddly sized
and not the usual medium size like the one you found. The head tube looks the same length, but the top tube and stays have a high
upward arch to them. It's really tall in the seat tube. With the seat at leg extension height, it was pretty high off the ground, or seemed
to be. I could barely even touch the ground, or get going without kicking off first. Here's a pic in it's full glory as a rat rod cruiser.,,,,BD

Well, not quite full glory. I added one of those Electra saddles with the custom looking sititching after this pic. The seat was way down.

Cool rat. I like the forks. I am thinking about taking some 28" lomg forks from a Nirve kids chopper and putting them on my Schwinn Spitfire 5 (it is in the B4 pic of my Mad). I have some flame tires like yours for it too. I keep collecting stuff to put on the Spitfire, but haven't done anything to it yet. I still have to get the frozen seatpost off of it.

I liked the Madwagon frame. It was fairly light for a cruiser.
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Originally Posted by champion city
Have I got a before/after for you guys.



I'll try and get a better photo of its current state if you guys are interested.
W - The CCM is looking really sweet and more pictures are always appreciated.

Think you saw the Peugeot down at the shop the other day... The Girl picked up a new Brooks and after we dialed in the ride I changed the cable housings leaving room for a basket.

Will be tearing it down and having it powder coated sage green, as per the lady's request.

CCP...

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
W - The CCM is looking really sweet and more pictures are always appreciated.
Think you saw the Peugeot down at the shop the other day...
Thanks, I'll get a few more photos of it once I attach the headbadge.

I did see the peugeot at the shop, as well as a few other places in garneau. It looks really great! Nice work as always.
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25 pages, over 48,000 views, and 732 replies......

I had no idea that when I started this thread it would be so popular - and without being a sticky!
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I'll add my Raleigh Sports rebuild to the thread. I began with a frame set I found on e-Bay. I had it blasted and powder coated semi-gloss black and then I built it up using parts from a '74 Sports that was too tall for me. I added some personal touches as well.

The before shot:



The after shot:



One more:

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85 Lotus Classique / Craigslist



Converted to Sugino triple with Cyclone components.


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Originally Posted by bigbossman
25 pages, over 48,000 views, and 732 replies......

I had no idea that when I started this thread it would be so popular - and without being a sticky!
Thanks bossman, it truly deserves a sticky!
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Here are my restorations...Still have a long way to go to catch up with everyone though!

My Motobecane:
Before:


After ditching the rack, a new bag, kool stops, all new bearings etc..



I have to hunt for a before pic of this one.. a buddy dragged it out of his bosses garage and gave it to me. It was all dusty and covered in gunk. I gave it a complete overhaul and flipped it. (WAY to small for me).

1986 Raleigh Technium 440.

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Another one I just finished today, a Specialized Shock Rock 20 that sat hanging from a fence for 3yrs in a friends backyard until I asked for it. I put this together for a friend that is horizontally challenged and has not had a bike that she could ride since she was a kid.
She wanted to be able to go with us on some of or local rides but couldn't do it on a bmx bike as that's all she would fit on so I built this mini mountain bike for her. I changed out the little double crankset for a full size triple with a little longer crank arm then stock. I replaced the steel stem and flat bar with a nice alloy stem and alloy riser bars. I installed the 6 speed ratchet shifters and brakes off of a Trek 800 to replace the junk set of grip shifters and plastic brake levers along with new lined cables. it has come out nice and all that is left is for me to refit it to her. The Garfield valve caps are a joke as she loves him.

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I enjoyed cleaning up this '77 Raleigh Grand Prix. Can't say enough good things about the smooth shifting Sun Tour drivetrain.
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This a Raleigh Dash that I fixed up for a buddy of mine. I don't know the year, but I would guess early 90s. It began life as a hybrid, but after being in a cocoon for a while, it emerged a wonderful road bike.

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Saved this from a dumpster a few years back sans the Ideale 92 saddle which was another dumpster find.



Today... and still a work in progress.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Saved this from a dumpster a few years back sans the Ideale 92 saddle which was another dumpster find.



Today... and still a work in progress.

Where I live there are an abundance of dumpsters. Sadly, none of them contain such awesomeness. Trust me, I've tried each and every one.
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Where I live there are an abundance of dumpsters. Sadly, none of them contain such awesomeness. Trust me, I've tried each and every one.
I feel like I have only gotten started here...
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
I feel like I have only gotten started here...
Where is here? Western Canuckistan...does that mean Vancouver?

EDIT: HUR DURRR I see that "Edmonton" thing now. I'm an idiot.

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Here's a repost from well over a year ago. It is the single most satisfying, dramatic before/after I was ever involved with. A friend and fellow BF'er came across a beat to death Paramount, and between his patiently combing the globe for just the right parts and me and a few others getting together for a build party..... well, see for yourselves:

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Originally Posted by bigbossman
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Holy moly, that's going to be one amazing ride!!,,,,BD

The wording on the tool tray is SO very fitting too...
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That's one of the best before and afters I've ever seen.
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This sunny '74 Le Tour came from a neighborhood garage sale. Once again roadworthy and minus the barcons, it didn't last long on CL.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Here's a repost from well over a year ago. It is the single most satisfying, dramatic before/after I was ever involved with. A friend and fellow BF'er came across a beat to death Paramount, and between his patiently combing the globe for just the right parts and me and a few others getting together for a build party..... well, see for yourselves:

As found:


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Resurrected:
awesomee!
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Great job on the Paramount BBM!

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