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Old 01-14-17, 04:58 PM
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1986 Nishiki Olympic after

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Old 01-14-17, 05:00 PM
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Old 01-14-17, 05:02 PM
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Old 01-14-17, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653
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One of the more creative builds I've seen in a while. Somehow, you even get those gold calipers to work. Well done.
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Old 01-14-17, 09:38 PM
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1978 Raleigh Record Ace from abused to Single Speed:



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That Raleigh just looked like it was being tortured. While I'm more of a drop bar fan than a straight bar guy, she now looks sexy and free.
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Old 01-15-17, 09:26 AM
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Boss Ross, before and after

Before - 1982 Ross Aristocrat:


Ishiwata 024 frame, Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" groupset, traded my `95 Specialized Rockhopper for it.

After - Boss Ross:


Nitto Technomic Stem, V.O. Milan handlebar, Ergon GC1 Biokork grips, V.O. city brake levers, V.O. Moderne bottle cage w/ "twined" Klean Kanteen,moved beautiful Arabesque shift lever to handlebar with Paul "Thumbie", MKS pedals w/ wire cage, and mounted a Woody's Chopped Chort mahogany rear fender. Tires are now Pasela PTs.
This is now my favorite ride.



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Old 01-15-17, 10:04 PM
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Very nice color coordination on the Boss Ross--with browns it's so hard. It also has good presence and stance. The before image of its original condition is remarkable--it survived virtually unscathed all these years. And as much of a drop bar guy as I am (especially with racier geometry), rocking an upright riding position on a classy and classic steel ride is not only really comfortable (set up correctly, of course..) but really enjoyable. I built one up for a friend and have another for my brother mid-build. On the first one, I smiled pretty much the whole 3.7 mile test ride. I am a fan of the Arabesque parts--they glisten in the sunlight and I have found they work well, too.
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1987 Schwinn LeTour in 61cm.. bought for $10 for the crankset and RD, but rust turned out to be all surface rust so cleaned and built it up to flip it:





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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Very nice color coordination on the Boss Ross--with browns it's so hard. It also has good presence and stance. The before image of its original condition is remarkable--it survived virtually unscathed all these years. And as much of a drop bar guy as I am (especially with racier geometry), rocking an upright riding position on a classy and classic steel ride is not only really comfortable (set up correctly, of course..) but really enjoyable. I built one up for a friend and have another for my brother mid-build. On the first one, I smiled pretty much the whole 3.7 mile test ride. I am a fan of the Arabesque parts--they glisten in the sunlight and I have found they work well, too.
Thanks!

Yeah, it really was in good shape when I got it. The decision to convert it was not taken lightly, but I just can't ride comfortably in drops anymore. Too many injuries from motorcycle racing. That handlebar/stem/grip setup is so nice I am using it on several other bikes now.

Oh, and the Arabesque group? Yeah, I know what you mean. Gorgeous! I recently bought another set off eBay just to have it ready for the next nice frame that comes my way. I like to buy second-or-third tier bikes and frames because they can be had so much cheaper than the premium stuff. And I'm giving up what? A couple of pounds weight and components that are merely excellent, but not perfect? Suits my riding style just fine, and I'm able to enjoy many more of them on my small budget.

Next up in the project queue: Peugeot Versailles - similar conversion to the Ross, and a Raysport Grand Turismo (531 frame, fancy chrome lugs) that is being built into an English-style light roadster with Sturmey-Archer 5-speed drivetrain, V.O. fenders, Soma racks, and Ostrich bags.
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Old 01-16-17, 04:43 PM
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What brand/model drop handlebars did you use?

Originally Posted by ratfink76
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What brand/model drop handlebars did you use?
I had some Nitto B115 bars laying around... I forget the width but they have a great profile!
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Old 01-17-17, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ratfink76
I had some Nitto B115 bars laying around... I forget the width but they have a great profile!
Thanks. I've never used those but I definitely like the look and will be on the lookout for a 42mm wide set.
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1986 Fuji Sagre Before

Well, I don't have a before because I stupidly forgo to save the craigslist photos or take any of my own. Basically it looked like it does in the ad, only not as nice, all stock except it had 1986 Scott Aerobars on it- which by the way I am selling on ebay so if you want them go make an offer.
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Originally Posted by ratfink76
1978 Raleigh Record Ace from abused to Single Speed:



Love the ruching on the saddle in the "before" image. We shall all have to request it of rudi in our custom orders from here on out.

Machine looks to be one of the last "assembled in Oklahoma" bicycles.

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A friend of mine came to me with this rusty Murray Valiant Classic and asked if I could clean it up some, and make it look a little better for him.

I just finished it up today, and thought I'd share a few before, during, and after pics with the forum. I went a little farther than just cleaning it up some. I gave it a full overhaul!

Before:


All stripped down:


And finally all cleaned up with a new lease on life!:
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Originally Posted by AustinFitz
A friend of mine came to me with this rusty Murray Valiant Classic and asked if I could clean it up some, and make it look a little better for him.

I just finished it up today, and thought I'd share a few before, during, and after pics with the forum. I went a little farther than just cleaning it up some. I gave it a full overhaul!
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Just... wow. Absolutely fantastic job done!
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My Meral Super Randonneur before, during and after.....
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@ El Chaba - Excellent work!!! Love the updated grouppo as well!
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Originally Posted by El Chaba
My Meral Super Randonneur before, during and after.....
Wow! There must be a story behind this bike - do tell!
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Welcome, Niner9! Nice Hiawatha. Did the saddle get repainted too?
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Welcome, Niner9! Nice Hiawatha. Did the saddle get repainted too?
Thanks. It's not painted. I sand blasted the frame and then wire brushed and polished the steel. I found that bike at the scrap yard and cleaned her up. The saddle is off a Hiawatha kids tricycle, bullet hole in seat was in there when I salvaged it too. The grips are off a couple pump sprayers that fit inside the handle bars perfectly.
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