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Old 08-19-14, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
I picked up an '85 Specialized Allez SE for my wife to ride in the 2014 Cino and here are some results:

Head tube:



That looks great, a nice ride for Cino. You might want to change those tires out though(is that cracking on the tread?). I'll be thinking about all of you during Cino Heroica(with envy). I made it last year, but the kids had a rough start to school after missing three days for the Montana trip. So I'll have to wait for the reports and photos. Have a great time!
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Old 08-19-14, 05:58 PM
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Thanks!! And yes, she needs new tires. I've got some Vittoria Randonneurs coming her way...
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Finished my 1993 Cannondale

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Old 08-24-14, 08:12 PM
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From the dump?? Nice save!!
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Old 08-24-14, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
From the dump?? Nice save!!
Thanks. Yep. It was in the back of a scrap metal pick up truck 4 blocks from the scrap yard when I noticed it next to me at a stop light. I did a double take then honked my air horn to get his attention.
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Old 08-25-14, 08:50 PM
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Nice build, it all works together very nicely. Interesting touch with the cross levers - I also like the multi-position braking on the bullhorns.
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Old 08-25-14, 10:05 PM
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Not entirely drop bars, but using Jones Bars instead. This is a 1992 Bianchi Project 5, that belonged to my father. I adopted it from him back in the mid 90s and i put a set of drop bars on it and used it for cross...eventually i went to riser bars but I truly wanted to restore this for his sake and mine. He passed in 2009. So this year, i re-did the entire set up. One of the first of the 700c mtb. I renamed it the Bianchi Project Jr...in memory of my dad, Walter Jr. So here's a sample pic...the original from late last year...a mini trip near my home to feed a winter goose friend! The old to the right...the new to the left. The Jones bars really are nice! Very nice!

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That Cannondale scrap truck save is absolutely bloody awesome.
Pastor Bob put the Gripshifts on the end of the drop handlebars on his, a neat solution if you want to go to a conventional drop bar in the future.

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Old 08-30-14, 08:41 PM
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I just finished this bike up today, it's a 1987'ish Ross Mt. Hood. It took lots of cleaning, polishing, and time to bring it back to where it is. I made a few modifications from original, but I feel it looks better for it. Went for a 15 mile ride this afternoon and I must say it rides well. A bit of a tank, but fits nice and tracks straighter than any bike I've ever ridden. I could ride with no hands at around 5mph quite easily.

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Old 08-31-14, 03:27 AM
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Love that Ross Mt. Hood, great job, although I would have kept the bear trap pedals personally but it's your bike and not mine unfortunately
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Old 08-31-14, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Paulfs67
Love that Ross Mt. Hood, great job, although I would have kept the bear trap pedals personally but it's your bike and not mine unfortunately
Thanks, I was bummed to find that one of the pedals took a pretty bad impact. The cage is bent and I couldn't get it back in shape. I'll replace the pedals at some point and probably get some Fat Franks.
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Old 08-31-14, 11:38 AM
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Yeah, your Ross looks sweet - can't beat all chrome!
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Old 09-02-14, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Yeah, your Ross looks sweet - can't beat all chrome!
Thanks.
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Old 09-02-14, 06:07 PM
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1984 Motobecane Nomade Mixte City Build

BEFORE: 4th-rate road bike. 1984 Motobecane Nomade mixte. All original, I think -- steel rims, plastic-coated drop bars w/ turkey levers, Sachs-Huret derailleurs, general cruddiness.




AFTER: 1st-rate city bike. Vintage Sturmey-Archer AW laced to a Rigida alloy rim, Hebie Chainglider, new SS crankset and pedals, new Sanyo dynohub front wheel, new Busch & Müller lights, vintage Philippe upright bars, new Brooks Imperial. The lady is pleased.





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Old 09-02-14, 07:25 PM
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She should be pleased. Great job!

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Originally Posted by cb400bill
She should be pleased. Great job!
Thanks! Now it's time to build something similar for myself.
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Old 09-05-14, 10:19 AM
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This one has gone through a few stages:

Before:


After (stage 1):


But then I had this inexplicable fork-destroying crash:


Replacement fork #1 was cheap, but also wrong for the bike (messed with the steering geometry and had bad threading that made it difficult to get the headset adjusted correctly):


Replacement fork #2 was much better (also, saddle upgrade):


But I realized that the frame was a bit too big for me (note saddle position in previous pics), and had come across this while searching for forks, and ended up buying it:


Moved the same basic build over to that frame, along with some additional tweaks, and it currently looks like this:



It'll eventually be getting a new rear wheel, with one of the new Sturmey Archer C50-series 5-speed drum brake hubs, and a Gevenalle/Retroshift lever, once those become available. I'll probably make the fenders actually match again.

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That fork snap is terrifying -- glad you're ok. Tell us which Panasonic model had that fork, so we can avoid it in the future?

Both bikes are nice, but the Fuji is really nice. Great job!
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Old 09-05-14, 01:56 PM
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It's a Sport 500 from the early '80s. It actually bent, rather than snapped, and I just don't understand the physics of how it all happened. There were no obstacles in my path, no slippery surface to hit...I just flew over the bars while rounding a turn 3 days after completing the build and got up to see that my fork and front fender were destroyed. I still have the fork, and actually bent it straight-ish again...not to use, but to make it easier to transport to shops while in search of a replacement. It took quite a lot of effort to bend it back, and I really don't understand how the drum brake hub could pull the reaction arm out of its clip, the axle from the dropout, and bend the fork that dramatically, without also destroying the wheel itself...especially with no obvious cause!

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Originally Posted by agmetal

Replacement fork #1 was cheap, but also wrong for the bike (messed with the steering geometry and had bad threading that made it difficult to get the headset adjusted correctly):
The bad threading was probably not as bad as it was Raleigh's proprietary 26 tpi threading that is incompatible with the 24 tpi B.S.A. standard in the headset.
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I picked up this Trek 520 off of eBay. It's an '85 and I had one just like it when it was new. It had all the original equipment on it when I got it. Including the original tires. I replaced the brake hoods with NOS Dia Compe hoods, replaced the cables, housings, bar tape and tires. The San Marco seat is original '85 along with the Blackburn water bottle cage and red leather Lapiz toe straps. I cleaned up everything with Simple Green and polished the aluminum with Never Dull.
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Before and After 1982 Bertin C79 SSC

I bought this Bertin mystery frame on eBay to build a beater bike. After cleaning it up I found out that it was a special top of the line model C79 SSC made of Reynolds 531SL (Supper Legere) tubing.

I assembled it with decent quality components and it turned out much nicer than I expected.

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It's a 23 Lb. bike with clinchers and an 8 speed 13-30 cassette.

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Originally Posted by alexander55
1970s?? Bertin. Any information would be appreciated. Can't find out much about this bike.

Your bike is an early 70s Bertin. If the bars are Milremo alloy then it's a model C31. If not it's a model C28.

These were made from light gage steel tubing and had a nice ride. They weighed 27-28 Lbs. with steel rims and about 25-26 Lbs. with alloy rims.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
The bad threading was probably not as bad as it was Raleigh's proprietary 26 tpi threading that is incompatible with the 24 tpi B.S.A. standard in the headset.
That actually wasn't the issue at all...the fork was late enough to have 24TPI threading, but the slot for the keyed lock washer was in pretty bad shape...so, rather than the lock washer serving its actual function, the "key" would end up getting into the threads and causing the headset to become over-tightened.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
I picked up an '85 Specialized Allez SE for my wife to ride in the 2014 Cino and here are some results:

Head tube:


Shift Levers:


Bottom bracket:


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Mountaindave, that's a beautiful bike! There should be a "green with envy" emoticon!

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