Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

The "Before And After" Thread

Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

The "Before And After" Thread

Old 09-12-15, 03:15 PM
  #2076  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 20,405

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 110 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1699 Post(s)
Liked 63 Times in 43 Posts


JohnDThompson is offline  
Old 09-12-15, 03:42 PM
  #2077  
bwilli88 
Senior Member
 
bwilli88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kampong Cham, Cambodia but I have quite a few in Lancaster, PA
Posts: 1,765

Bikes: Bikes in USA; 73 Raleigh Supercourse dingle speed, 74 Raleigh Grand Prix SS, 78 Raleigh Supercourse, 83 Centurion Pro-Tour, 82 Raleigh RRA.

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 416 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
As I got it after a bit of cleaning
After a few mods and much more cleaning
When I stopped 2 years ago
in the middle of some recent upgrades
finished, ready to roll again
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Dsc00929sm.jpg (99.5 KB, 189 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_20130513_220301.jpg (95.0 KB, 208 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_20130518_091829.jpg (100.0 KB, 189 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_20150910_151519651.jpg (100.1 KB, 187 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_20150912_164653990.jpg (98.7 KB, 189 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_20150912_165111124.jpg (94.4 KB, 718 views)
__________________
My Cambodia bikes; ?? Zunow, 81 Centurion Pro Tour, 85 Gazelle Mens Market bike, ?? Maxwell Allroad, 12 Fuji Stratos.
bwilli88 is online now  
Old 09-13-15, 09:44 AM
  #2078  
PaintItCeleste
Senior Member
 
PaintItCeleste's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 219

Bikes: My wife says "Too Many"

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
@ratfink76 Very unique! And well done. It looks like you chopped the fenders. Any reason? Aesthetic? Just curious. Love the before and after shots too. Only thing that could make that better is animating a rollover (before...screen wipe.....after!) Slick!
PaintItCeleste is offline  
Old 09-14-15, 01:00 PM
  #2079  
Rocket-Sauce 
Port
 
Rocket-Sauce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 7,332

Bikes: 2017 Soma Stanyan, 1990 Fuji Ace, 1990 Bridgestone RB-1, 1995 Independent Fabrications Track, 2003 Calfee Dragonfly Pro

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 358 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post



Already buried in snow in WI?
Rocket-Sauce is offline  
Old 09-14-15, 05:50 PM
  #2080  
denny1969
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Northern California
Posts: 114

Bikes: 2006 Felt F4C, 1985 Schwinn Tempo

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
After a few mods and much more cleaning...

Hi bwilli88. What size tires were you able to get onto that frameset? I found a Grand Prix frameset just like yours, and I'm thinking of making it my winter project.

Thanks,
Dennis
denny1969 is offline  
Old 09-14-15, 06:05 PM
  #2081  
bwilli88 
Senior Member
 
bwilli88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kampong Cham, Cambodia but I have quite a few in Lancaster, PA
Posts: 1,765

Bikes: Bikes in USA; 73 Raleigh Supercourse dingle speed, 74 Raleigh Grand Prix SS, 78 Raleigh Supercourse, 83 Centurion Pro-Tour, 82 Raleigh RRA.

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 416 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
They are 700c x 37 and could probably go up to 42mm with no problem. because of the 27 to 700c conversion I had to change the front brake to a longer 710 from the 650.
__________________
My Cambodia bikes; ?? Zunow, 81 Centurion Pro Tour, 85 Gazelle Mens Market bike, ?? Maxwell Allroad, 12 Fuji Stratos.
bwilli88 is online now  
Old 09-14-15, 07:10 PM
  #2082  
denny1969
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Northern California
Posts: 114

Bikes: 2006 Felt F4C, 1985 Schwinn Tempo

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
They are 700c x 37 and could probably go up to 42mm with no problem. because of the 27 to 700c conversion I had to change the front brake to a longer 710 from the 650.
Thank you!!!

Dennis
denny1969 is offline  
Old 09-14-15, 08:25 PM
  #2083  
MauriceMoss
Senior Member
 
MauriceMoss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 347

Bikes: None in ridable condition

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 14 Posts
Originally Posted by PaintItCeleste View Post
They are Soma New Xpress KV. Funny, I hadn't even heard of the C-Line tires, but I just looked them up and they are nearly identical. Soma's website states the difference is that the New Xpress tires have Soma's "HyperTex Casing" which they describe as:

"Tough like Kevlar, but more supple so it won't ride like a brick. Cut resistant and pinch flat resistant."

So HEY, I learned something new today! Beautiful tires and while we've not had a lot of time with them yet, they've been awesome thus far. Also, love the username!
Cool, thanks!

I ended up checking out Soma's site and I learned something new, too - apparently they have the New Xpress in 27" (1-1/8 and 1-1/4). Not sure how similar/different they are from Paselas in the same size, but it's good to know there are more 27" tan wall options out there!
MauriceMoss is offline  
Old 09-16-15, 02:24 PM
  #2084  
ratfink76
Senior Member
 
ratfink76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 315

Bikes: 2010 Schwinn Madison, 1994 Kona Lava Dome, 1991 Quattro Assi, 1990 Bottecchia Team ADR SL

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by PaintItCeleste View Post
@ratfink76 Very unique! And well done. It looks like you chopped the fenders. Any reason? Aesthetic? Just curious. Love the before and after shots too. Only thing that could make that better is animating a rollover (before...screen wipe.....after!) Slick!
Thank you! The fenders had some rust on them and the supports themselves were very rusty... I could have found new supports and riveted them in - but I opted to go with a 'rat rod' chopped fender look. It is funny you said to make an animated swipe of the before after, my daughter was doing that on my phone swiping the pics back and forth quickly - too funny!
ratfink76 is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 06:37 PM
  #2085  
Murray Missile 
Bike hoarder.
 
Murray Missile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: 700 Ft. above sea level.
Posts: 1,809

Bikes: Too many according to my wife.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 186 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 11 Posts
OK, I know I'm pushing the "vintage" envelope pretty heavily with this one, it's a '94 but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. 1994 TREK 730 Hybrid as found........




As of a few minutes ago......... (The reflective green tape is camouflaging some serious bike carrier rash on the decals and paint.)

__________________
Analog man in a digital world.
Murray Missile is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 07:13 PM
  #2086  
mountaindave 
Happy Commuter
 
mountaindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flathead Valley, MT
Posts: 3,314

Bikes: Red bikes. Why do I have so many red bikes?! I thought green was my favorite color

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
21 years old is vintage, right?
mountaindave is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 07:21 PM
  #2087  
CannedPakes
Bar Ends Forever
 
CannedPakes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 242
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by CannedPakes View Post
My '87 Raleigh Mountain Tour Teton

Before:



After:

I realized the huge mistake I made with those bars (and that tape) and have now restored it to it's former glory...almost.


Last edited by CannedPakes; 10-02-15 at 07:33 PM.
CannedPakes is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 07:42 PM
  #2088  
Murray Missile 
Bike hoarder.
 
Murray Missile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: 700 Ft. above sea level.
Posts: 1,809

Bikes: Too many according to my wife.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 186 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 11 Posts
Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
21 years old is vintage, right?
For some things 21 years is more vintage than others, I'm thinking a 21 year old Trek Hybrid isn't quite as vintage as say, a 21 year old Trek road bike. Know what I mean?
__________________
Analog man in a digital world.
Murray Missile is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 08:05 PM
  #2089  
Dave Cutter
Senior Member
 
Dave Cutter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: D'uh... I am a Cutter
Posts: 6,183

Bikes: '17 Access Old Turnpike Gravel bike, '14 Trek 1.1, '13 Cannondale CAAD 10, '98 CAD 2, R300

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1569 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Listed on CL for $25.... I didn't bother to negotiate. The rear tire had gone flat...and in frustration the seller had cut it off. The rim strips were electrical tape, the handlebars were wrapped in electrical tape.



LOTS of cleaning and some new cables, housings, handlebar tape, rim strips (27 1/4 in wheels), and tires.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
BlkUnvega25.jpg (98.9 KB, 248 views)
File Type: jpg
blkUnivega.jpg (63.8 KB, 236 views)
Dave Cutter is offline  
Old 09-20-15, 08:34 PM
  #2090  
nesteel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Midwest
Posts: 1,806

Bikes: See the signature....

Mentioned: 57 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 395 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
Listed on CL for $25.... I didn't bother to negotiate. The rear tire had gone flat...and in frustration the seller had cut it off. The rim strips were electrical tape, the handlebars were wrapped in electrical tape.



LOTS of cleaning and some new cables, housings, handlebar tape, rim strips (27 1/4 in wheels), and tires.

Nice save.
__________________
My bikes: '81 Trek 957, '83 Trek 720, '85 Trek 500, '85 Trek 770, '81 Merckx, , '85 Centurion Cinelli, '85 Raleigh Portage, '92 RB-2, '09 Bianchi
nesteel is offline  
Old 10-02-15, 08:16 AM
  #2091  
ratfink76
Senior Member
 
ratfink76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 315

Bikes: 2010 Schwinn Madison, 1994 Kona Lava Dome, 1991 Quattro Assi, 1990 Bottecchia Team ADR SL

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Took a while to complete with all the other projects (mostly the Bottecchia), but here it is... 1989 Nishiki Sport



ratfink76 is offline  
Old 10-02-15, 10:09 AM
  #2092  
mechanicmatt
Hoards Thumbshifters
 
mechanicmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Signal Mountain, TN
Posts: 545

Bikes: '87 Bruce Gordon Chinook, '08 Jamis Aurora, '86 Trek 560, '97 Mongoose Rockadile, & '07 Stumpjumper

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 10 Posts
Originally Posted by ratfink76 View Post
I got an old Azuki 3 speed in a lot of bikes I bought and I converted it to a single speed with a Seminoles theme for a friend:

Now that is an awesome single speed conversion. Well done!
mechanicmatt is offline  
Old 10-02-15, 12:55 PM
  #2093  
plonz 
Senior Member
 
plonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Northampton, MA
Posts: 1,898
Mentioned: 33 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 374 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bravo I say! Very well done and I love the red treads (even if they are pumped up by Schrader valves).

Originally Posted by ratfink76 View Post
Took a while to complete with all the other projects (mostly the Bottecchia), but here it is... 1989 Nishiki Sport



plonz is offline  
Old 10-02-15, 02:10 PM
  #2094  
ratfink76
Senior Member
 
ratfink76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 315

Bikes: 2010 Schwinn Madison, 1994 Kona Lava Dome, 1991 Quattro Assi, 1990 Bottecchia Team ADR SL

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by mechanicmatt View Post
Now that is an awesome single speed conversion. Well done!
Thank you sir! This was a build for a friend and have yet to get him on it - but I know he'll enjoy it when we do!

Originally Posted by plonz View Post
Bravo I say! Very well done and I love the red treads (even if they are pumped up by Schrader valves).
Yes, yes... but it is a flip bike and those rims were able to be cleaned up. I played with the red hoping it will tear on someone's heart strings when they see and 'have to have it' !!
ratfink76 is offline  
Old 10-02-15, 04:51 PM
  #2095  
mountaindave 
Happy Commuter
 
mountaindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flathead Valley, MT
Posts: 3,314

Bikes: Red bikes. Why do I have so many red bikes?! I thought green was my favorite color

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by ratfink76 View Post
Took a while to complete with all the other projects (mostly the Bottecchia), but here it is... 1989 Nishiki Sport



Very nice indeed. Is that one of those Chinese copies of the ultra light saddles? I've been tempted to try one out, are they comfortable?
mountaindave is offline  
Old 10-08-15, 02:28 PM
  #2096  
ratfink76
Senior Member
 
ratfink76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 315

Bikes: 2010 Schwinn Madison, 1994 Kona Lava Dome, 1991 Quattro Assi, 1990 Bottecchia Team ADR SL

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Very nice indeed. Is that one of those Chinese copies of the ultra light saddles? I've been tempted to try one out, are they comfortable?
It is!!! I have ordered them in every color! They are $6 or so including shipping and they arrive in 3-4 weeks. The stickers don't stay on them very well but the saddles hold up very nicely and for flips they are very 'attractive' in terms of marketing. I used one on my personal mtn bike and it is holding up!
ratfink76 is offline  
Old 10-08-15, 02:31 PM
  #2097  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 30,981

Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 709 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Very nice indeed. Is that one of those Chinese copies of the ultra light saddles? I've been tempted to try one out, are they comfortable?
I rode one for 80 miles..Yes it was comfortable.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"
10 Wheels is offline  
Old 10-08-15, 06:46 PM
  #2098  
mountaindave 
Happy Commuter
 
mountaindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flathead Valley, MT
Posts: 3,314

Bikes: Red bikes. Why do I have so many red bikes?! I thought green was my favorite color

Mentioned: 94 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Thank for the input. I hope my comment didn't come off as a slight by implying "cheap," it's truly a sexy build. I have seriously considered one of those saddles for a weight weenie tri-bike, but I may go C&V/period correct. Hard to say yet, but it's good to know they actually work.
mountaindave is offline  
Old 10-10-15, 11:32 AM
  #2099  
Steve Whitlatch 
Senior Member
 
Steve Whitlatch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Chicago area
Posts: 3,628
Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 4 Posts
Bike Boom Coppi - all parts bin build but for the bar tape.

Before


After

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
IMG_7550.jpg (93.0 KB, 169 views)
__________________
My bikes: 1970`s Roberts - 1981 Miyata 912 - 1980`s Ocshner (Chrome) - 1987 Schwinn Circuit - 1987 Schwinn Prologue - 1992 Schwinn Crosspoint - 1999 Schwinn Circuit - 2014 Cannondale Super Six EVO
Steve Whitlatch is offline  
Old 10-10-15, 01:34 PM
  #2100  
agmetal
Senior Member
 
agmetal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,541

Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, ANT 3-speed roadster, New Albion Privateer singlespeed, Raleigh One Way singlespeed, Raleigh Professional "retro roadie" rebuild, 198? Fuji(?) franken-5-speed, 1937 Raleigh Tourist, 1952 Raleigh Sports, 1966 Raleigh Sports step-through

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 243 Post(s)
Liked 11 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by agmetal View Post
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.
Sooooo a week after I posted this last year, the Fuji frame was totaled after a collision with a car, which I luckily managed to walk away from. I was able to salvage a few parts, and rebuilt the Panasonic frame with Velo Orange Milano bars and a Sturmey-Archer AW hub. I originally had it set up with a 120mm Nitto Dynamic II stem and the bars flipped, and rode it through last winter that way, equipped with Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires:



[split into two posts because of picture limits]
agmetal is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.