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Old 04-10-08, 04:42 PM
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Why I joined BF and what you guys helped with

So I started on here a couple weeks ago after buying my first bike, a cheap Bianchi off CL. I ripped it apart,painted it with BC CC auto paint (Imola Yellow), new 105 headset, tires, reupholstered a 5$ Fizik saddle, hoods, tape, decals, and lots of polishing. Just took her for her maiden voyage (around the block), and she is sweet. I'll let the pics tell the rest of the story. Thanks for all the info!
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damn, that looks REALLY GOOD! was that on austin CL a couple of weeks ago?
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Nice job; beautiful bike. Congratulations.
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damn, that looks REALLY GOOD! was that on austin CL a couple of weeks ago?
Thanks! I impressed myself to be honest. I had never used 2 stage paint, but I used one of those spray tools canister with a nozzle attachment, worked ok. Yes it was the one off of CL a few weeks ago the elderly owner was also selling his Serotta Atlanta which someone stole .
Anyways, I had been looking for a road bike like a mad man. Now its time to actually ride.
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Splendid results! I like the Imola yellow.
BTW, how did you redo the Fizik? Did it yourself or let a auto reupholstering shop do it?
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I love yellow on bikes. Great work.
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For the saddle I bought an old orange leather fizik for 5 bucks. Ripped the old leather off and went by the leather shop to up some scraps. They didn't have black so I got that light brown. I'll probably change it in the future. I just put leather adhesive on the foam and on the leather, let it tack up, and massaged them together for a while. Worked better than I thought, but the foam wasn't perfectly smooth from where I ripped the old foam off and you can see slight dimples in it. I would have preferred to sand down the foam, but lesson learned.
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I'm late to this party, but I think I should stop in and say:

Good job!

Welcome to BikeForums!

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What's the ship? Mr. East Hill is wondering about it...USS Arleigh Burke?

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Mr. East Hill is close as it is an Arleigh Burke class,but it is not the Arleigh Burke DDG 51. It is DDG 81, the Winston S Churchill. We were pulling into Baltimore, if I remember correctly. Cheers.
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Mr. East Hill is close as it is an Arleigh Burke class,but it is not the Arleigh Burke DDG 51. It is DDG 81, the Winston S Churchill. We were pulling into Baltimore, if I remember correctly. Cheers.
Thanks! We are fans of Admiral Burke, and have a book on the Navy Memorial in DC, which was signed by him.

Apparently no one here recognised the name 'Arleigh Burke' .

Except for me!

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Thanks! We are fans of Admiral Burke, and have a book on the Navy Memorial in DC, which was signed by him.

Apparently no one here recognised the name 'Arleigh Burke' .

Except for me!

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Not everyone read the thread in a timely manner. Great man. First to use proper night tactics against the Japanese in the Solomons. Chief of Staff for Marc Mitscher in TF58. Only man to serve three terms as CNO. The Burke class DDGs are a fitting tribute to him.
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Alright well now you guys went and made me all nostalgic. Here's a pic from my first deployment launching tomahawks as the war started, at night no less.
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Thanks! I impressed myself to be honest. I had never used 2 stage paint, but I used one of those spray tools canister with a nozzle attachment, worked ok. Yes it was the one off of CL a few weeks ago the elderly owner was also selling his Serotta Atlanta which someone stole .
Anyways, I had been looking for a road bike like a mad man. Now its time to actually ride.
i called too late to snag the bianchi. i'm glad it went to someone who cleaned it up right! i can't believe the serrota got stolen either! that's horrible.

btw, do you live off of east 53rd-ish? the after picture looks like it could be across the street from a girl i dated.
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Very nice Bianchi re-co. Looks like you've set it up to enjoy it for many years to come. There is something about a Bianchi that just demands attention.
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Alright well now you guys went and made me all nostalgic. Here's a pic from my first deployment launching tomahawks as the war started, at night no less.
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Very dramatic! Thanks for all the info. Mr. East Hill and I are great readers of WW II history, and seeing as Mr. East Hill was in the navy, he is always interested in the ships.

In one of my first talks with my future husband, he was very impressed when I went to the trouble of looking up the ships on which he had served so that I could know what he was talking about .

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Great bike and a super job on the restoration. Lp
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Both the Burke and the Churchill were 'built to fight' in Bath, Maine, just down the Kennebec river from me.
My father-in-law was the lead SUPSHIP electrical inspector on the Burke.
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Both the Burke and the Churchill were 'built to fight' in Bath, Maine, just down the Kennebec river from me.
My father-in-law was the lead SUPSHIP electrical inspector on the Burke.
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Great job on the Bianchi, I may send you a PM about the paint, since I just got a sandblaster.

Nice photos of the man-o-war, she's a beauty,
and thanks for vounteering to "go in harm's way" per John Paul Jones.
As soon as I saw the ship, I figured I wouldn't have to scroll far for the yellow kat, EH.

Ships are generally called "she," because it costs so much to keep them in paint and powder.

On Velospace, there is a cluster for yellow bikes, and I invite you to drop your pic off there.

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their bikes seriously and themselves not so much, and goodness throughout. When I grow up, I'd like to be like BF people....
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I am glad he didn't do a silly fixed gear or single speed conversion.
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BF is the best. Great advice, smart folks who know bikes, honest trades with real people, many whom take
their bikes seriously and themselves not so much, and goodness throughout. When I grow up, I'd like to be like BF people....
Not to mention that exceptionally rare thing--people in the C & V forum can talk about guns without having to move the thread to P & R.

It doesn't happen anywhere else on this board !

And, what can I say, I have a lot of various interests--which is a good thing .

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3 cheers for guns and derailleurs!!!

Oh and I'd be more than happy to offer any advice I may have acquired on painting Robbie Tunes.
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I am glad he didn't do a silly fixed gear or single speed conversion.
Seriously. I know it's none of my business what people do with their own bikes, but I'm glad to see beautiful classic road bikes like this saved from Fixie-dom.
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