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Old 07-14-11, 10:41 PM   #1
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Rocky Mountain road bike - worth refinishing?

My brother was given this frame for helping a friend work on his house. I believe it is from around 1984. I'm not sure what they came with or even the model. besides the Super Record rear derailleur it has a pair of Mavic Record Du Monde tubular rims laced to Campy Record small flange hubs. The Sugino crank set might be original, although we have no information on what it originally came equipped with. It was made with Columbus tubing and on the rear stay cap it says Bailey - I do know Derek Bailey produced all of the road frames in the early days. Any information would be appreciated. My brother wants to have it repainted as there is a fair amount of rust - you can see lines under the paint created by it. He would like to save the decals and maybe a partial repaint is possible as the down tube and seat tube look pretty good.
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Old 07-14-11, 10:47 PM   #2
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A single color powder coat would be a lot less than a paint job. Bicycle painting is not something you can do without having the "midas touch." There is a great amount of skill involved in getting the tubes properly coated. It costs at least 600$ for a competent bicycle paint job. If you want more detail then it adds up.

The bike you have is certainly of good quality. If the bike is not going to be resold then I would consider leaving it stock and repacking the hubs,bottom bracket, etc...

Sew up tires are not exactly fun to deal with but they are lightweight with a freewheel they compete with some modern wheels with cassettes.
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I don't believe that they sold a complete road bike back then, just frame and fork. I would throw that whole frame and the fork in a kiddie pool of oxalic acid and let it soak for a week, then boeshield it, polish it and ride it.
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Overhere a quality respray including the decals sprayed on would set you bak around 300 euro and I think it is worth it. No idea how the prices at other side of the pond are.
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