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Old 07-04-15, 08:30 AM
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Don't get me wrong, some 1st-gen Ergo's would look great too. For my tastes, STI's are just one of the very few aesthetic fails for Shimano. That and they're not Italian
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1984 Univega Gran Rally - I bought a Specialized Hardrock off a guy and he said you want to see a road bike? There was no other bike in sight - so he opened his trunk and it was in pieces.. in sandwich baggies even! Got it for $40 and had to reassemble everything from parts. The derailers, brakes, everything had to be put back together...











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Old 07-10-15, 01:16 PM
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Holy smokes!! How bad was the rust? The checkers are a nice accent. Powder or paint?
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Looks like a test crash bike now!! LOL

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Wow... That is amazing!

A pile of parts and pieces and slowly but surely, a beautiful bicycle is the end result! Well done!
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Here is my newly refurbished and annoying RIGI. I sold the 175 SR cranks/BB, C-Rec RD and Delta brakes over the winter. I tried putting a newer Campagranola crank and a 7spd cassette wheelset but... I had trouble getting the Gian Robert FD to play well with the chainrings sitting so close to the frame. I also had issues with lots of chain rub on the inside of the 53 I guess because of the uber short stays.

Since no one wanted the SR crank and Phil BB from the Hetchins I tried putting it on. I am still having trouble with the FD and for now I took the wheels off the Ugly Betty with 5spd FW I was using with the Portacatena. It seemed to be working in the stand but I ended up windmilling trying to get the chain on the big ring, then could not get back to the little ring.

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Old 07-11-15, 01:54 PM
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Frame was an ebay find. Decided to go a different direction than how most people build this frame up, no fenders, no wide tires, no Suntour, no triple or long cage. I've been piecing together an NR group, but a Nuovo Gran Sport rear will have to do till I have the cash. I have a Silca Impero I want to paint to match the lagoon blue panels but I need to find a matching paint, eventually want to replace the GB stem with a TTT Record, and need a suitable bottle cage.

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Before Raleigh Mk iv 1974


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I have since found the NR pedals. Frame w/brakes and bottom bracket and headset $50. Everything else bought on this forum or CL.
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usually I'm fairly indifferent to raleighs, but this one is beautiful! I'm talking about the small one with the old campy gear...
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Thank goodness you removed that ugly crank - I just can't abide the looks of those Hollowtech cranks (even though they are dead easy to install/remove). I hope you saved those SLR brake levers and vintage Look pedals for a late 80's project.
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And the money shot:



Wouldn't you rather have a Schwinnger?

More on "the build"
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Originally Posted by Wulf
Before Raleigh Mk iv 1974


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I have since found the NR pedals. Frame w/brakes and bottom bracket and headset $50. Everything else bought on this forum or CL.
Who did the repaint? That's a mighty fine job!
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Originally Posted by gugie
Wouldn't you rather have a Schwinnger?
Brilliant! And very nice build album - I love the accompanying descriptions! My hat's off to you!!

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Originally Posted by gugie
Who did the repaint? That's a mighty fine job!
I did the repaint.
Media blasted
Automotive etching primer
Automotive enamel loaded into a rattlecan
Decals from Velocal
2 part clearcoat
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Originally Posted by Wulf
I did the repaint.
Media blasted
Automotive etching primer
Automotive enamel loaded into a rattlecan
Decals from Velocal
2 part clearcoat
That's just beautiful. It's gorgeous. Did I tell you it was nice?

Some day I'd like to try my hand at painting. Someday!

Do you have your own blast booth, or did you farm that part out?
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Originally Posted by ratfink76
1984 Univega Gran Rally - I bought a Specialized Hardrock off a guy and he said you want to see a road bike? There was no other bike in sight - so he opened his trunk and it was in pieces.. in sandwich baggies even! Got it for $40 and had to reassemble everything from parts. The derailers, brakes, everything had to be put back together...







That, dear sir, is effing amazing.

...and I'm a big fan of those checkered stripes.
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Just finished. 1993 Giant Sedona ATX before and after...



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Nice. I like it.
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MOTOBECANE Jubilee Sport '83 - general restoration

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I know that if it's possible we should not remove old good paint from vintage bike, but this Motobecane color was so "controversial" that I decide to put new pearl paint and give a little fresh look









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I know that if it's possible we should not remove old good paint from vintage bike, but this Motobecane color was so "controversial" that I decide to put new pearl paint and give a little fresh look









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You've done it justice. It looks absolutely lovely. But i was panicking when I saw the awesome previous paint job pic. What do you mean controversial lol?

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Controversial, because it looks bad in reality More pink then purple...

Now looks really nice but still have old spirit, all parts are original, I've changed just brake housing.





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OK, we'll let you live. Well done.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave
Holy smokes!! How bad was the rust? The checkers are a nice accent. Powder or paint?
The rust was mostly surface rust on the prior paint job (that was not original either) - I wire brushed and sanded best I could - none of the rust (as bad as it looked) was down to the steel. I painted it rattle can believe it or not. 1 coat primer, 2 color and 3 clear...

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Looks like a test crash bike now!! LOL
I had that checker flag contact paper and I knew since I was going to be 'flipping' this bike (it is way too big for me) - I did not want to spend the $40 on the repro decals off eBay... next owner can do that if they want. But - I needed something there was so much real estate since the frame is large!

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Wow... That is amazing!

A pile of parts and pieces and slowly but surely, a beautiful bicycle is the end result! Well done!
Thank you!

Originally Posted by J.Oxley
That, dear sir, is effing amazing.

...and I'm a big fan of those checkered stripes.
I debated on the checkered contact paper but at the end went for it - glad it is well liked!
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Thomas - that is an Epic Before/After - BUT having said that - the 'during' pic in the exploded view is really a great shot! I really appreciate the time and effort that went into that picture!!

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