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Old 01-21-19, 08:46 PM
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@saypat , I thought was blue/silver.[/QUOTE]
OK , I can explain that . I did a touch up / respray on the bike with a paint called Rust-Oleum Dark Steel , the cap matched really well . In low light it's almost a match ,metallic and all . Put some sun light on it and it goes crazy . I resprayed the hole rear triangle and about 3/4 of the aft part of the TT . Looks blue to me too .
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I did not know the Comp TA has eyelets. Now, I think I understand the evolution. In 84 we had the Turbo and the Comp TA. The Racer and the all day Racer. Both are dropped for 85. The top level Racer becomes the Prestige and the Cinelli Italian Stallion. The all day(and more affordable) racer becomes the IM. Under that is the Sport Enthusiast Lemans? The Prestige and Equipe are not making a dent against those cool sounding Italians. But the IM is selling like State Fair Midway food. So we say goodbye to the Prestige and Equipe. The popular IM splits into 2 models. Centurion sponsors some winners and the Legend is born. Is that correct?

I'm guessing Robbie already stated this in the info thread. I'm too lazy to look.

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Not with a 52/42 front!
You could look for one of the Superbe Compe cranks. I think they are 130/74. Compact or triple. Been looking for one myself. The bike I would put it one only has Superbe derailleurs/shifters. I can get by with another brand.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I did not know the Comp TA has eyelets. Now, I think I understand the evolution. In 84 we had the Turbo and the Comp TA. The Racer and the all day Racer. Both are dropped for 85. The top level Racer becomes the Prestige and the Cinelli Italian Stallion. The all day(and more affordable) racer becomes the IM. Under that is the Sport Enthusiast Lemans? The Prestige and Equipe are not making a dent against those cool sounding Italians. But the IM is selling like State Fair Midway food. So we say goodbye to the Prestige and Equipe. The popular IM splits into 2 models. Centurion sponsors some winners and the Legend is born. Is that correct?

I'm guessing Robbie already stated this in the info thread. I'm too lazy to look.
your close,

Comp TA's and the eyelets, some have them some dont. It looks like maybe it was tied to the early COMP TA's like @RobbieTunes his looks to be a early version of the COMP TA, which has the 1983 Graphics and a gold painted headtube. not a Silver one that is noted in the catalog. @markwesti has a later one that has the 1984 graphics and no eyelets. although the 1984 catalog shows a Comp TA, with 84 graphics and Eyelets. so i think they were removed from spec some time during production.

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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
your close,

Comp TA's and the eyelets, some have them some dont. It looks like maybe it was tied to the early COMP TA's like @RobbieTunes his looks to be a early version of the COMP TA, which has the 1983 Graphics and a gold painted headtube. not a Silver one that is noted in the catalog. @markwesti has a later one that has the 1984 graphics and no eyelets. although the 1984 catalog shows a Comp TA, with 84 graphics and Eyelets. so i think they were removed from spec some time during production.

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​​​​​​​I forgot about the Facet.
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Kinda surprised you used those brakes again. Figure out how to make them work properly?
Not really, but I’ve lived long enough .

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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I forgot about the Facet.
It was raced by women.
There was a poster.
One of them was Scandinavian.
And then there was Rebecca Twigg.
Pretty women. Thighs from the gods.
The team was Texas based.
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This explains a lot.
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Looked for example pics but haven't found. Anyone have a good rec for bar tape matching the MV magenta?


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Looked for example pics but haven't found. Anyone have a good rec for bar tape matching the MV magenta?
I'll look.
Easier to match the sunflower/marigold of the ST and HT. Jagwire makes a housing, and several saddles are out there.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I'll look.
Easier to match the sunflower/marigold of the ST and HT. Jagwire makes a housing, and several saddles are out there.
i know, and it looks good, but it's been done

i have yellow brake housing and thin yellow line tires installed. Those were in the bin. But since I have to buy tape, figured I'd be different.
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I've had some form of black, white, magenta or yellow on mine. I like the black best. I did not like the white hoods at all.
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IM done messing with white hoods.
Until i am not.
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i know, and it looks good, but it's been done

i have yellow brake housing and thin yellow line tires installed. Those were in the bin. But since I have to buy tape, figured I'd be different.
then I will take it upon myself to search. !!!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
then I will take it upon myself to search. !!!

There are a few options that I looked at on ebay last night from fuchsia to magenta to violet to purple. Screen colors are so variable, though, as well as the cameras the seller used.
On my ipad, pictures of the MV always have a more purple tint than my bike looks to my naked eye. So holding up my screen next to the frame tubes - the Deda fuchsia looked closest. But if I put a bartape picture side by side with an MV picture, I lean to one of the more purple hues.
That's why I was looking for real experience. I haven't checked to see if any of the LBSs have close options in stock.
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I bought a couple MVs with yellow and also magenta wrap and both matched well. I think the magenta was fizik but I'm not a 100% sure. But there is a match out there.
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That's why I was looking for real experience. I haven't checked to see if any of the LBSs have close options in stock.
That's a good one. I may have seen that color on one, once.
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IM done messing with white hoods.
Until i am not.
CentURion. Maybe you are.
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https://cleveland.craigslist.org/bik...796874099.html for sale in Cleveland. Not mine, thought it looked in great shape.
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Should I Leave It Alone?

First time posting a picture, so hopefully it shows.
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I bought this all original 85/86 Ironman with Shimano 600 last April. I swapped out the handlebars and stem because of my long arms and lowered the gearing due to my affinity for hills. It is serving it's purpose well in helping me get a good workout, but I made the mistake of browsing through this thread and am now suffering from Ironman envy. As a result, I am wondering if there is something else I can do that would keep the low gearing and improve the looks.

It now has a 7 speed Shimano 14-28 freewheel and a Claris 50/34. I couldn't find any other compacts that would work with a 7 speed, but I'm not thrilled with how the Claris looks, which is prompting this post.

Is there a better looking compact crank that would work?
Do you think a triple would look better? (I have a Suntour V-GT Lux long cage derailleur)
What triple could I use without having to cold set the frame?
Or, should I just be happy with what I have as the Claris is an okay crank and doesn't look that bad?

Any suggestions will be appreciated! I wasn't sure if I should have posted this on the other Ironman thread, but since this is primarily about looks, I figured it would fit here.
These pictures have given me some great ideas for the bars, seat, etc. The color of the bike is not as catchy as others, but it is a solid bike and I like how it rides.

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I bought this all original 85/86 Ironman with Shimano 600 last April. I swapped out the handlebars and stem because of my long arms and lowered the gearing due to my affinity for hills. It is serving it's purpose well in helping me get a good workout, but I made the mistake of browsing through this thread and am now suffering from Ironman envy. As a result, I am wondering if there is something else I can do that would keep the low gearing and improve the looks.

It now has a 7 speed Shimano 14-28 freewheel and a Claris 50/34. I couldn't find any other compacts that would work with a 7 speed, but I'm not thrilled with how the Claris looks, which is prompting this post.

Is there a better looking compact crank that would work?
Do you think a triple would look better? (I have a Suntour V-GT Lux long cage derailleur)
What triple could I use without having to cold set the frame?
Or, should I just be happy with what I have as the Claris is an okay crank and doesn't look that bad?

Any suggestions will be appreciated! I wasn't sure if I should have posted this on the other Ironman thread, but since this is primarily about looks, I figured it would fit here.
These pictures have given me some great ideas for the bars, seat, etc. The color of the bike is not as catchy as others, but it is a solid bike and I like how it rides.

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Looks good. Fits good. Rides good. Shifts good. What's not to like?
If you want something flashier, you could always look for one of the shouty ones. As for this one, ride it til the wheels fall off!
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I am wondering if there is something else I can do that would keep the low gearing and improve the looks. It now has a 7 speed Shimano 14-28 freewheel and a Claris 50/34. I couldn't find any other compacts that would work with a 7 speed, but I'm not thrilled with how the Claris looks, which is prompting this post.

Is there a better looking compact crank that would work? Yes. Look for a Shimano Deore/MT/6206 triple crankset that's 110BCD, strip and polish it, and get a 110BCD 50/34 ring set for it. Much nicer looking, likely will use the original BB, and can be used as a triple (with a longer BB spindle) if you go mountain climbing.
Do you think a triple would look better? (I have a Suntour V-GT Lux long cage derailleur) Not to my eyes, but beauty is in the eye...
What triple could I use without having to cold set the frame? Any. No need to cold set the frame unless you are going larger than a 130 OLD rear hub.
Or, should I just be happy with what I have as the Claris is an okay crank and doesn't look that bad? It's an OK crank, but (to my eye) not attractive.

Any suggestions will be appreciated! While you're at it, you might consider going 9 or 10 speed, A 130 OLD rear wheel will budge in there just fine without cold setting, and 9/10 speed shifters will bolt right on in place of the 6 speed ones. The RD and FD will happily play with 10 speeds, as will the crankset (actually the crank will play nicely with anything from 6-10 speeds). The result is a bike that will easily keep up with most riders on most modern bikes:



I wasn't sure if I should have posted this on the other Ironman thread, but since this is primarily about looks, I figured it would fit here.
These pictures have given me some great ideas for the bars, seat, etc. The color of the bike is not as catchy as others, but it is a solid bike and I like how it rides. Actually, having owned, restored and ridden over a dozen Ironman bikes, that is my favorite year and color combo.
Here's my current one (the one above was a 56, better size for me is the 58). Saddle's been swapped recently, but otherwise:
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First time posting a picture, so hopefully it shows.
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I bought this all original 85/86 Ironman with Shimano 600 last April. I swapped out the handlebars and stem because of my long arms and lowered the gearing due to my affinity for hills. It is serving it's purpose well in helping me get a good workout, but I made the mistake of browsing through this thread and am now suffering from Ironman envy. As a result, I am wondering if there is something else I can do that would keep the low gearing and improve the looks.

It now has a 7 speed Shimano 14-28 freewheel and a Claris 50/34. I couldn't find any other compacts that would work with a 7 speed, but I'm not thrilled with how the Claris looks, which is prompting this post.

Is there a better looking compact crank that would work?
Do you think a triple would look better? (I have a Suntour V-GT Lux long cage derailleur)
What triple could I use without having to cold set the frame?
Or, should I just be happy with what I have as the Claris is an okay crank and doesn't look that bad?

Any suggestions will be appreciated! I wasn't sure if I should have posted this on the other Ironman thread, but since this is primarily about looks, I figured it would fit here.
These pictures have given me some great ideas for the bars, seat, etc. The color of the bike is not as catchy as others, but it is a solid bike and I like how it rides.

Brian
Pretty limitless on how and what you want to build. The cool thing is you have agreat starting point in the '86 Ironman.
Your Ironman looks good however for me i think (although there are exceptions) generally if you have a black crakset the deraileurs, seatpost, stem should match. But then again "Looks Smooks" performance is where its at.
I heed the advice of the good Doc and look at back pages for inspiration. Personally i have yet to go the compact route as my surrounding terrain doesnt warrant it but it could happen and when it does ill make sure it matches the previous one but then again Looks Smooks.
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