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Old 04-23-13, 07:51 AM
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My 73 Raleigh DL-1
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That took some serious effort. Well done!
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Old 04-29-13, 08:17 AM
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My 73 Raleigh DL-1

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Excellent preservation job! How long did this take? Care to share any techniques?
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Old 04-29-13, 12:56 PM
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it took about a month of work, i was lucky tho, i found the bike for 40 bucks, and my coop had the female version, which i scooped up, i took the rims and some of the brake hardware..i was going to sell everything but the wheels for 100 bucks+shipping... pm if your interested

lots and lots of elbow grease... somebody suggested Maguiars ultimate compound, that really helped with some of the scratches, also OA bath and touch up paint on the bad areas.. chrome cleaned up nice with bar keapers friend..replaced the rims with originals.. and called it a day.. honestly it was pure luck that my coop had it

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Old 04-29-13, 11:08 PM
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Hello, I thought I'd post my 1985 Trek 720 after a 2.5 year restoration process. I bought the bike new in 1985 at age 14, and rode it until it couldn't be ridden anymore, and luckily kept it in storage through the years. Here it is right after pulling it out of storage:



Just about everything but the frame was toast, but I remembered loving this bike so much I decided to go all the way, so after a complete rebuild with new wheels, powertrain, paint & just about everything else:



Looking forward to several thousand more miles of riding, touring and camping. This photo is in her daytime/rando setup, and a set of Tubus racks for camping and touring have been purchased for those upcoming times.
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^^^^^Gorgeous.

Dynamo hubs? Which ones?

Which Groupset did you go with? Kind of looks like a Rally RD?
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Nice trek. I can see about 2 years of difference.
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Old 04-30-13, 11:51 AM
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Thank you Narhay. Was definitely an exercise in patience.

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^^^^^Gorgeous.

Dynamo hubs? Which ones?

Which Groupset did you go with? Kind of looks like a Rally RD?
Thank you.

The dynamo is a Shmidt SON28, which has since been redesigned since purchasing and having the wheels built, but I like the chunky look of this previous one.

The rear derailleur is a Rally, found NOS. I still have the Huret Ti that was original and is in good shape, but I didn't like having to unbolt it every time I got a flat tire. I'd love to find another before it's too late, just for backup. The front is a Campy Racing Triple crank and front derailleur that I found on ebay also as NOS, and a friend of mine with a Metal shop polished the crank to a mirror finish. I swapped the chainrings with TA's with a tooth count that was more appropriate for the mountains near me.

Much better than that Biopace crank that I suckered myself into trying back in 1986 in the 'before' photo
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Amazing job on that Trek!
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Nice job on the Trek!
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Congrats on a well done restoration! I am sure it just makes it more valuable to you with the history!

What size frame is that? looks like 62+
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Old 04-30-13, 02:49 PM
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Thank you.

It's a 25"/64.5cm frame. I was a rapidly-growing kid. Funny, looking at the before/after photos, I noticed how much I had grown since then, based on the different seat heights, as I was still growing when I got the bike.
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My favorite Trek of all! Great story and perfect restoration. Well done!
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My recently completed Columbia... (sorry if you saw this on the CABE a few months ago):




The grips still aren't correct, but I'm happy with it for now!
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Man I MISS my Columbia again. It was a blue and cream 1955 Standard. I just got a line on a 1948 though. Frame design is similar to yours. My old one had the straight middle bar, and the one I just found has a curved. If I can pick up a little money soon, I am going to make an offer. Too bad it's already been spray bombed, and he's not the type to take before pics.,,,,BD

My old 55. I thought I was selling it someone who would keep it and restore it. Instead, he sold it before he got home, to some guy who flagged him down on the road.

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Old 05-04-13, 08:45 PM
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Miyata 710 - 1986. Intermediate step

I've cleaned it up enough to ride it for a while and decide whether it is worth really spending time and $ on.

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Old 05-05-13, 05:50 AM
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As found and the initial before...


As buillt and the first after...


As upgraded, the final after and how the bike will remain for many moons to come...
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Old 06-23-13, 11:22 AM
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Bianchi Competizione - Upright was pretty cool but this bike wanted to go faster.

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Cobra-Mondo scrapframe


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198? Bottecchia - which has since had a new set of Continental Tubulars (with tan sidewalls, of course) installed.

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Old 06-24-13, 05:39 PM
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I have been a bike flipper for a long time and this i Itavega I did about five years ago. It was a quick turn over. Low end frame or I would still have it.
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1985 Raleigh RacingUSA Series.. The 1985 Grand Prix frame is in the background. Picked it up for $50 off Ebay. Trying to get all FOUR of the 1985 Raleigh RacingUSA models. I have the Prestige, and Competition, and now the Grand Prix. Missing the 1985 Raleigh Super Course..The Grand Prix frame in the background was built back up by Robbie Tunes..






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The finish Grand Prix... and it rides better than it looks..

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