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Old 08-24-10, 04:33 PM
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Panasonic PT-3500 before:






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Old 09-04-10, 05:39 PM
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Very nice transformation on the Dawes illwafer, that poor thing was at the end of the line when you started!
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I have the exact same dawes, the paint on mine was in a little better condition to begin with though.
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chris, thanks!

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they sure saved a few bucks in the dawes paint booth. i've never seen a worse original paint job. even the "dawes" decals were awful.
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The stock tyres had perished and almost came apart in my hands when I took them off, replaced the grips, pedals, and saddle, fitted some new tyres as well as a new chain, and wiped off the dust as there was nary a speck of actual grime on the bike.

Also did a headset conversion to replace the nylon bushing with a proper upper... had to cut and face the head tube 10mm to do this but the improvement in handling and ride was worth it.

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That is beautiful !
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami
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That is a sweeeet looking Trek Chris_in_Miami!
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1988 Fuji Tiara

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1984 Fuji Touring Series III

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Khatfull - The picture doesn't even do that Series III justice - I saw the complete set of photos earlier, and have to say that it is one of the most pristine best detailed bikes I've seen - Plus it's been thoroughly Khatfulled. (Who could compete with that?)
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
That is a sweeeet looking Trek Chris_in_Miami!
Thanks, I love the paint Trek used in that period and it cleaned up very nicely. A customer who was coming to look at the Panasonic that I posted earlier saw this in the "before" state and persuaded me to trade it for his Bianchi Campione d'Italia, which should fetch more cash than the Trek would have. I'm more enamored of the Trek though, and it would have been a keeper if it were 2 cm shorter.
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Old 09-05-10, 10:07 AM
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lots of beautiful bikes here. Khatful that Fuji tourer is topps.
while not is the same conditions of some of before shots I think I can post these. thanks to ChicagoAl I actually have before pics. I usually just start tearing down doefore I remember to take pics.

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Nicely outfitted Bianchigirl, looks like you're ready for the long haul. I'd probably have trouble uncorking the bottle while riding, but I suppose it's a skill that develops over time...
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thank you. opening the bottle take a little practice at first, the important part is you have to use the gold Campi corkscrew
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Originally Posted by auchencrow
Khatfull - The picture doesn't even do that Series III justice - I saw the complete set of photos earlier, and have to say that it is one of the most pristine best detailed bikes I've seen - Plus it's been thoroughly Khatfulled. (Who could compete with that?)
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lots of beautiful bikes here. Khatful that Fuji tourer is topps.
Thanks both for your kind words. I've have been fortunate to have some really nice "canvases" to work with...makes the cleanup and "prettyfying" job a lot easier. The TS III had a few more paint nicks than I would like but I managed to find a pretty close paint match and I'm lucky that the DS decals are better than the NDS decals...makes for better photography!

The Tiara is nearly "done", I need white bottle cages yet and, eventually, I'd like to find the white RX100 brake calipers to finish the white parts of the group. One day...and, that would complete the RX100 group I have sitting off-bike waiting for something to hang it on.

The TS III now has a rear rack and black bottle cages...and also a set of red bags that beech333 grabbed for me in his next of the woods that I'll be getting when I go for the Chicago C&V ride. Here they are hung on one of beech's bikes so he could show me:



Yeah, they're Nashbar and Performance bags but they should suffice. The red should key off the tad of red in the TS III's decals too.

Anyway, thanks again for the comments...from the two of you that's high compliments.
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OK Time to mix it up slightly from all the nice roadbikes (and R-20). This Raleigh Space Rider was mine when I was a kid. My son discovered it in my parents' attic last summer. We stripped it down, repainted low budget rattle can style, dumped everything into oxalic acid, replaced all the consumables and rebuilt the rear hub (much to my surprise, it actually works). He kind of forgot about it during baseball season, but we spent a few evenings getting it put back together over the past week. A set of cork grips and better pedals are on the way, and it'll be 'done'.
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Coolest thing I have seen all day... the bike looks terrific.
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Bicycle Repairboy off to the rescue!!! looks awsome
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Old 09-05-10, 02:39 PM
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Bicycle Repairboy off to the rescue!!! looks awsome
I could use another sidekick... and he has the right kind of bike too.

Bicycle Repair Girl probably would not mind and Batman had Robin and Batgirl...
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stylish bike, but no so stylish crocs...
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OK Time to mix it up slightly from all the nice roadbikes (and R-20). This Raleigh Space Rider was mine when I was a kid. My son discovered it in my parents' attic last summer. We stripped it down, repainted low budget rattle can style, dumped everything into oxalic acid, replaced all the consumables and rebuilt the rear hub (much to my surprise, it actually works). He kind of forgot about it during baseball season, but we spent a few evenings getting it put back together over the past week. A set of cork grips and better pedals are on the way, and it'll be 'done'.
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stylish bike, but no so stylish crocs...
Bicycle Repair Girl wears crocs too... and everyone knows that orange crocs are the fastest.

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Thanks for the comments everyone!!!
Yeah crocs are king right now in grade school.....I actually stumbled on the Bicycle Repair Girl pics awhile ago looking for examples of the path racer/clubman style - that's a great pic!
He's actually been fixing friends' bikes this year with simple repairs, but still needs help with stuff like derailleur adjustments.
Funny, but he hasn't touched his aluminum frame MTB or BMX in the past 24 hours, he's so busy cruising around showing off his 'new' clubman bike to everybody.
And BG I think you're on to something with the vino - my wife was looking over my shoulder & wants a wine rack on her bike now too!
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