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bigbossman 12-04-07 10:49 PM

The "Before And After" Thread
Most of the stuff found in thrifts and such are in disrepair, and since we spend so much time bringing them back to life I thought it might be a neat idea to have a "Before and After" thread to show off our transformations of the "Catch Of The Day" bikes we come across.

Most all the bikes I get my hands on are low or mid-level wrecks (or at least severely neglected), but almost all of them clean up to be nicely functioning riders.

Take this low-end Gitane Gran Sport for example. Dirty and rusty, is was dropped at the local thrift a few weekends a go. I glommed onto it, and spent a few hours cleaning the frame and getting the rust off of the steel parts. New tires, tubes, and bar tape followed, as well as all the usual adjustments and some wheel truing. Now, it's ready to serve a useful life again. Take a look:



Bikedued 12-04-07 11:15 PM

Beauty! Here's my favorite few.,,,,BD







AFTER It's had the original bars put back on since this pic......

raverson 12-04-07 11:45 PM

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Wow, I like all three of those Schwinn's Bikedued!

Here's my '78 Trek 900. Picked up for $50 on CL, it was leaning against a fence in a backyard.

Kommisar89 12-04-07 11:53 PM

Here's my Panasonic PT-3500 when I got it home from the pawn shop for $30:

And here it is now:

ollo_ollo 12-05-07 12:50 AM

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This is the only before & after pics I have. My 1971 Super Course stripped & ready to send for paint and then right after I got it back from Acme.

To bad I didn't do before & after pics on some of the bikes I flipped before our recent move. I even resorted to" buy one, get one free" to move the last few! Don

Lamplight 12-05-07 06:05 AM





McDave 12-05-07 06:23 AM

The only Before shots of my chrome Voyageur 11.8 are from the Craigslist ad and really don't show how bad a shape it was in...

moderator edit: the images in this post were hijacked, so I deleted them.

Lamplight 12-05-07 08:33 AM

Originally Posted by McDave (Post 5748087)
The only Before shots of my chrome Voyageur 11.8 are from the Craigslist ad and really don't show how bad a shape it was in...

And yet it still looks 100% better. Beautiful!

norskagent 12-05-07 08:47 AM

not a true "before and after", here's a bike I picked up on craigslist some time ago:

I don't know how the previous owner rode it w/ the stem barely in like that. Anyway, the frame (make unknown) was not only too large for me, but had internal rust issues as well. So I stripped and cleaned the parts, got a bottecchia frame on ebay, plus some other parts:

nlerner 12-05-07 09:01 AM

And I thought the grind-off-the-extra-bits-and-make-it-a-fixie thread was the before-and-after thread!


jsharr 12-05-07 09:05 AM

Falcon of England Europa



Since that after pic was taken, the bike has gotten a set of Open Pros, courtesy of my wallet and Cuda2K and a new Selle Trans Am saddle with orange detailing, courtesy of Lotek.

Noah Scape 12-05-07 09:15 AM


That is a beautiful bike and I love the picture!!!

John E 12-05-07 09:34 AM

Many of you have seen my "after" pictures of Capo #1. I wish I had a "before" picture of the plain dull rusty red (no white head tube, no decals) repaint job it wore when I bought it for $20 at a yard sale.

Lamplight 12-05-07 10:46 AM

Originally Posted by Noah Scape (Post 5748724)
That is a beautiful bike and I love the picture!!!

Thanks! Those are the Suntour derailleurs I bought from you. :D

Scooper 12-05-07 10:48 AM


After Dr.Deltron's magic:

Otis 12-05-07 11:27 AM

dck 12-05-07 11:45 AM

Here's my wife's Peugeot



Mariner Fan 12-05-07 11:55 AM

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redneckwes 12-05-07 12:10 PM

Originally Posted by Mariner Fan (Post 5749761)

Hey, you got the decals on!:D Looks great!

nlerner 12-05-07 12:15 PM



jet sanchEz 12-05-07 12:21 PM

I wish I had taken some photos of my Ciocc when I had found it, it would have made you guys cry. I can only contribute photos of the Marinoni, which wasn't in really rough shape, just ugly as it hadn't been ridden in ages.

JunkYardBike 12-05-07 12:46 PM











ricohman 12-05-07 01:54 PM

Here is my Criterium.

And after...
Restored to early 80's complete with funky NOS Grab On grips.

Then I ran over it with my Land Cruiser!

Then it was rebuilt again with an NOS front rim and other bits sourced from this board. Thanks again guys.

epicurean 12-05-07 03:09 PM

What a fun thread. I wish I was in the habit of taking more "before" pictures. I could only find "before" pics for my first project, so here it is...

And after:

nlerner 12-05-07 03:53 PM

Another one from me: a 1970s St. Etienne road bike



el twe 12-05-07 04:36 PM

Originally Posted by Otis (Post 5749594)


bigbossman 12-05-07 04:48 PM

Here's how I received it:

Here's how it left, with its' new owner:

501breeze 12-05-07 09:41 PM

The red housing on those chrome schwinns is really really great. and that maroon miyata is super classy.
All these bikes are swell looking. nice work!

teambhultima 12-05-07 10:05 PM

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1978(?) Schwinn Collegiate before ($6.88 at thrift) & after...
Merry Christams & Happy Holidays!

ricohman 12-05-07 10:09 PM

This is now my "new" favorite thread!

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