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Old 12-08-12, 08:28 AM
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Dang it, you guys are going to make me build an off road bike yet.
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Old 12-08-12, 02:26 PM
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I should have taken a before to show how badly damaged the threads on this Campy R tool were... it was nothing but a paperweight.

After some cutting, drilling, and brazing it is now a functional tool again... used a 10mm axle to replace the damaged end.

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Old 12-08-12, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
Dang it, you guys are going to make me build an off road bike yet.
hah.. i actually mostly ride on the roads, but they are really torn up so I prefer fat tires and heavy duty rims. that's why I did a drop bar conversion

and.. since my bump was on the last post of the previous page.. gonna repost the before/after here






there's almost nothing on this bike that hasn't been modified or replaced since I got it

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Old 12-08-12, 06:33 PM
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Before and after.



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Old 12-08-12, 06:35 PM
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Nice job, Von Carlos. The only thing I'd change would be gumwall tires rather than all-black, but that's a very pretty bike.
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Old 12-08-12, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
Nice job, Von Carlos. The only thing I'd change would be gumwall tires rather than all-black, but that's a very pretty bike.
Thanks. Yes I agree, I think gum-walls will look better. The plan is to put some Pasela TGs on it; just happened to have these Bontragers laying around. Will also replace the Brooks for a Selle San Marco Concor or Turbo.
I also toyed with the idea of a red Concor saddle and red bar tape.
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Old 12-08-12, 08:25 PM
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i think you make the right decisions with regard to not going with red saddle/tape. though maybe yellow tape would be cool. might be too much yellow though.. the housings in yellow look good
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Old 12-08-12, 08:33 PM
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I think I can contribute to this thread

before:

after:


before:

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Old 12-08-12, 09:07 PM
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1973 Schwinn Paramount.

Before



After. (it's not clamped to the seat tube)



Parts just "put on for decal placement measurement"

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Old 12-08-12, 09:09 PM
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1973 Schwinn Paramount.
Jebus.

That is so sweet.
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Old 12-09-12, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
1973 Schwinn Paramount.



Parts just "put on for decal placement measurement"
I like it. One thing Schwinn should have figured out years earlier was that the downtube graphics made attaching a water bottle cage a graphic interruptus.
Kind of pushes you to place the cage on the bars, behind the saddle or on the seat tube, which would be kind of high, but it is a big bike so it might work.
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Old 12-14-12, 08:23 AM
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Turbo 'Stache

Threw my leg over my 1st commute on the Turbo 'Stache this brisk morning .... She's a little creeky... Nothing a little tweaking won't fix ... Liking the new hand positions , going to take some time to get use to the upright riding
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Old 12-14-12, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by VonCarlos View Post
Thanks. Yes I agree, I think gum-walls will look better. The plan is to put some Pasela TGs on it; just happened to have these Bontragers laying around. Will also replace the Brooks for a Selle San Marco Concor or Turbo.
I also toyed with the idea of a red Concor saddle and red bar tape.
I think I'd stick with black. Either the red won't match, which won't look good, or it will, which will be too matchy-matchy. Just my (unsolicited) opinion.

Beautiful bike - I love the curve of the fork. Elegant yet burly, like it means business.
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Old 12-14-12, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
I think I'd stick with black. Either the red won't match, which won't look good, or it will, which will be too matchy-matchy. Just my (unsolicited) opinion.

Beautiful bike - I love the curve of the fork. Elegant yet burly, like it means business.
Thanks. Here's a quick & dirty mock-up of what it would look like with the gum-walls. (1)
And then with the red seat and tape. (2)



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Old 12-14-12, 03:18 PM
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a couple before and after pics of my latest projects.
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Old 12-14-12, 03:29 PM
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Nice work. Is that fire engine red on the Torpado?
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Old 12-14-12, 03:35 PM
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Nah, to slow I wanted something faster so I went with a performance red.
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Old 12-14-12, 06:00 PM
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What's going on with the seatpost on the Torpado?
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Old 12-14-12, 06:04 PM
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i have a long quill stem in there so i can hang it to paint it.
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Old 12-24-12, 03:58 AM
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Started as a bruchpainted bargin...


And ended as a a commuter for spring 2013
Mavic gears. SR chainset, stem and handelbar. Trecto brakes and nutted Alexrims w 28mm tyres


Yepp i love Gulf colors

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1956 Robin Hood

Here are some before and after pics of a 1956 Robin Hood I just finished rebuilding. It was in very bad non-ridable shape. Here are things I did:

1) stripped the whole thing all he way down to screws and bolts. De-rust, grease and lubed everything. The hub took almost a full week of soaking in diesel/oil mixture because there was a lot of internal surface rust.

2) Straightened the fork. It was probably bent by a 500 lb rider, LOL. I used a tube and a car (trying to jack up the car).

3) Removed the surface rust and put two coats of clear coat.

4) previous people painted the rear wheel/hub/spokes red. I Cut the spokes, removed the paint on the hub (using brake fluid), found a better wheel, and laced with new spokes and nipples. In the process, I obtained a lot of original Sturmey Archer new-old-stock spokes and nipples. These are 276 mm pokes. If someone needs to rebuild a 36-hole rear wheel, these are the right spokes and we can trade.

5) I am not sure if the rear hub is original because it only has 36 holes but is dated "56".

6) The front wheel is also rusted out so I found another 36 spoke wheel.

7) Used fenders/saddle from a 1988 Sheffield bike. Someday I will find some Raleigh fenders/saddle.

8) Installed some Altenburger Synchron brakes, cable housing.

9) New Nimbus tires.

10) DIYed a TravelPro Platinum tote bag so it can be hooked onto the saddle with quick release. It is a pretty big saddle bag and my frame pump can be put inside. It is very convenient so I can move it from bike to bike.















The bike rides and shifts very smooth.
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Originally Posted by loubapache View Post
Here are some before and after pics of a 1956 Robin Hood I just finished rebuilding. It was in very bad non-ridable shape. Here are things I did:

1) stripped the whole thing all he way down to screws and bolts. De-rust, grease and lubed everything. The hub took almost a full week of soaking in diesel/oil mixture because there was a lot of internal surface rust.

2) Straightened the fork. It was probably bent by a 500 lb rider, LOL. I used a tube and a car (trying to jack up the car).

3) Removed the surface rust and put two coats of clear coat.

4) previous people painted the rear wheel/hub/spokes red. I Cut the spokes, removed the paint on the hub (using brake fluid), found a better wheel, and laced with new spokes and nipples. In the process, I obtained a lot of original Sturmey Archer new-old-stock spokes and nipples. These are 276 mm pokes. If someone needs to rebuild a 36-hole rear wheel, these are the right spokes and we can trade.

5) I am not sure if the rear hub is original because it only has 36 holes but is dated "56".

6) The front wheel is also rusted out so I found another 36 spoke wheel.

7) Used fenders/saddle from a 1988 Sheffield bike. Someday I will find some Raleigh fenders/saddle.

8) Installed some Altenburger Synchron brakes, cable housing.

9) New Nimbus tires.

10) DIYed a TravelPro Platinum tote bag so it can be hooked onto the saddle with quick release. It is a pretty big saddle bag and my frame pump can be put inside. It is very convenient so I can move it from bike to bike.















The bike rides and shifts very smooth.
Nice work!
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Old 12-24-12, 03:39 PM
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Next project...
Is that a lo pro? Cool. Whatcha going to do with that?
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Is that a lo pro? Cool. Whatcha going to do with that?
Its an 1984 Nishiki TT frame who needs massive work and parts.
Needs full Dura Ace and aero 700 wheels.
Hope it will be finished in springtime but i have no hurry.
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