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Old 07-09-14, 02:16 PM
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Here is my late 1960's Zeus. Now has tubulars on Campy all the rest is original. Weights 20 pounds as you see it.

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Originally Posted by EddyR
Here is my late 1960's Zeus. Now has tubulars on Campy all the rest is original. Weights 20 pounds as you see it.

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Ah, @EddyR ! All that hard-earned patina lost forever!

(Nice save )
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Originally Posted by EddyR
Here is my late 1960's Zeus. Now has tubulars on Campy all the rest is original. Weights 20 pounds as you see it.
a truly stunning make over!!! (claps)
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Originally Posted by burnfingers
wow!!!!
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^Those two (Zeus and the unknown bike) are incredible make overs! Impressive!
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Basically just a clean up with new cables, bar tape and hoods. It was in a lot better condition than I expected.




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I'm not sure this one is fully done, but it's a whole lot closer than what I started with.





1984 Schwinn LeTour Luxe, made in Greenville, Mississippi.
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^ I like what you did with that LeTour. Very subdued and elegant.
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I swear its the same frame. 78 raleigh professional, my first rebuild, documented on another thread here
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver

Man that paint looks like it turned out really well. pretty bike
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Originally Posted by Wythnail
Man that paint looks like it turned out really well. pretty bike
The powder was the easy part... fitting the Dawes with 24 inch by 1.5 wheels required that the chainstays be widened and the bridges had to moved, I also customized a 26 inch mtb fork to allow for the wheel size and quick release, and built the new rear wheel with an AWC hub.

The powder is pretty amazing... I partnered with another small local shop when we can't do things in house and the turnaround was 24 hours.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
The powder was the easy part... fitting the Dawes with 24 inch by 1.5 wheels required that the chainstays be widened and the bridges had to moved, I also customized a 26 inch mtb fork to allow for the wheel size and quick release, and built the new rear wheel with an AWC hub.
Phew! I had no idea so much work went into that. sounds well above my pay grade. How does one move a bridge? Really awesome job!
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Originally Posted by Wythnail
Phew! I had no idea so much work went into that. sounds well above my pay grade. How does one move a bridge? Really awesome job!
The old bridges had to be cut and ground out (as was the kickstand plate) and the stays were widened with a torch and press bar, the new stays were brazed in and have threaded fender bosses for a cleaner installation.

I also tapped the mounts for the chainguard and made new mounts for the fenders.

Issue with the Dawes is that they came fitted with a French 500A rim and although you can find tyres, finding the rims is a much harder proposition that will only get harder over time so we went with a fairly standard wheel size and tyre so that years from now, replacement will be easy to source.

I built this for an 11 year old girl with the expectation that she will be riding this bicycle for a very long time...
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'80 Nishiki.
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Old 07-22-14, 07:38 PM
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1980 Peugeot Mixte--flip bike, but i think it turned out ok



Found the before pic of my Univega, so here we go:

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wow, that fender clearance is amazing, are those VO hammered fenders? want them so bad for my raleigh portuer build
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Originally Posted by burnfingers
I must said, well done....happy spinning
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Originally Posted by WNG
^Those two (Zeus and the unknown bike) are incredible make overs! Impressive!
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I must said, well done....happy spinning
Thanks guys It's a ~68 Italian Chiorda, nothing fancy but I liked the lugs and the unusual seat stay design so I decided to save it. Took me about a month to finish, and the fenders went on a month later (1940s fenders btw). I've gotten around 300 miles in on it now, turned out to be a pretty solid build. I'm working on a ~64 French Mercier atm, I'll be sure to post it here once it's finished.

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Question about your Peugot mixte before and after

[QUOTE=coolkat;16965128]1980 Peugeot Mixte--flip bike, but i think it turned out ok



Hi,
I was wondering which is the before picture. I really like those red fenders!
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I don't have a final "after" yet...but you get the idea.

Needs a proper top cap on the headset and I need to finish putting it together... Will get some tan wall tires and white bar tape. Build is polished Chorus 9 speed, polished Cinelli stem and bars, polished Campy 50th seatpost, Brooks Pro, Campy Athena? hubs laced to Campy rims.








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Not that I can match what you guys have done by a long shot, but after spending about $50 total, I've taken the old Bay Pointe from this:

Dull paint, rusty chain, rotten tires, rusty rims, slightly stubborn Shimano 3S hub and butt-punishing Persons saddle ...

to this:

I gave it a good cleaning of both paint and chrome, really worked with the chain to get it freed up and rolling smoothly (it worked), put new tires and tubes on it (Michelin World Tour ... my #1 choice, love 'em) and gave everything a thorough lubrication. It's nothing fancy, but I enjoy it!
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This bike doesnt' look much different. It was completely disassembled, cleaned, lubed and assembled with replacement consumables.
Before:


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Originally Posted by Duane Behrens
'80 Nishiki.
Got any closeups of how you routed your shifter cables? I'm doing a Nishiki Sport makeover, and I'd like some examples of how to upgrade it.
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