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Extreme Make-Over - Dutch Bike Edition

Old 01-05-11, 02:10 AM
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Extreme Make-Over - Dutch Bike Edition

Check out this Dutch restoration:





more pics: https://www.deusbaliblog.co.id/2011/01/fongers.html
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Interesting and different. But I dunno about that girder fork. It feels like the whole bike was restored from parts taken from the a department stores bike isle.
So much effort put into this one - I think it would have been better off if the restoration stayed true.
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Yeah, I'm glad they saved some of it, but wish they'd saved more of it. Looks like they ground off the pump pegs and who knows what else, trashed the bar and stem, fenders, fork... and that's just the most obvious. Okay, maybe all that was too far gone, and it's not fair to second guess them since most people wouldn't have bothered at all. Still, it's not to my taste.
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Originally Posted by rhm
it's not fair to second guess them since most people wouldn't have bothered at all
Very good point. I mean, I should talk, I have paper bag grips on a pre-war Schwinn!
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Not my bag. That's no where near the bike he/she started with. Now it's a Frankenbike.
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Mixtemanic- Is this your worK? If so, I'd be very interested in the old fenders, handlebars and chainguard, PM me.
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Mixtemanic- Is this your worK? If so, I'd be very interested in the old fenders, handlebars and chainguard, PM me.
Probably not worth shipping from Bali, unless you happen to be going there for a holiday.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Not my bag. That's no where near the bike he/she started with. Now it's a Frankenbike.
+1. If you're restoring a bike, you've got to keep it's character intact. This really misses the mark for me. Looks like they turned a Dutch bike into an American chopper.

Also, what's with the non-driveside pics????
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Also, what's with the non-driveside pics????
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Mixtemanic- Is this your worK? If so, I'd be very interested in the old fenders, handlebars and chainguard, PM me.
I'm flattered you think so, but it definitely is not my work. Good luck finding those parts
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You could take the frame out of that picture and insert any frame you wanted. Most of the parts are generic. On the other hand, I don't think this is a Drewed classic. This is a rust bucket rescue and the builder has every right to to it up the way he wants.
I wonder what size tires it originally had. Maybe fat 700s? I like fat 700s.
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The word "restoration" seems to be more and more misused these days. A restoration would have taken this bike back to perfect FACTORY CORRECT condition, right down to the metaphorical chalk-marks on the tires. Anything else is some form of refurbishment or customization and applying the wrong word to such as that only cheapens the perception of work done by actual restorers, whatever their chosen field.

The only original part on this bike appears to be the frame and even that is no longer factory correct. As with so many other "restored" items I keep seeing, the owner has taken a restorable and historically interesting object and turned it into something no collector would touch. The real shame of things like this is that the retro-yuppies who enjoy this look would be more inclined to buy a cheap retro-cruiser rather than pay whatever the builder would ask for his "Dutch" bike, rendering it effectively worthless to anyone whose tastes don't exactly parallel his own. While even I wouldn't mind having a cruiser like this, I'd prefer to have a real one.

Sorry, this has been brewing for a while. Rant over and I'll go back to being quiet. And by the way, has anybody else noticed that the frames in those two pictures aren't the same size? I smell a rat and I may have ranted for nothing.
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And by the way, has anybody else noticed that the frames in those two pictures aren't the same size?
We've been duped.
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^^^
Hahaha... I noticed that too!
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I love "new" bike. Especially the white lugs/black tubes. Awesome.
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