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Old 12-04-20, 08:50 AM
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I need some more sets of eyes. I'm torn between the color the seatpost and stem should be. The actual silver seatpost that would be going on is silver with black flutes/clamp. The headset is being replaced also. I happen to have the replacement in both chrome or black. Leaning to the black headset. Also torn on the cable color. One of the two in the pic or a combo of both. Tell me what you think. Thanks in advance.

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Either one works, but gun to my head, I like the way the black post and stem look.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj
Either one works, but gun to my head, I like the way the black post and stem look.
That's what I'm thinking. Didn't think I would like it. But when I stood back and gazed, it was "Hmmmmm!" I think the chrome seatpost clamp/headset cups help. Might take both headsets and make 2 black/chrome hybrids. Or not. Plus, the black stem/handlbar assembly is on hand and assembled.
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Fluted silver seat post with black flutes and cradle lower half.
Black stem. Polished bars, then black wrap. Polished plugs.
The OEM headset, (once I find it), is polished and makes a nice break to a black stem and visual match to the fork crown.
I personally would se a Tange Levin steel headset or a combo black/silver 105.
Silver or light grey housings to match the lettering.

You do all that, would still be easy to mess it up with odd components, so the pressure remains until done.

Then again, it’s for your brother.
Mine wrecked my motorcycle, so he gets Jack if I built him a bike.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Fluted silver seat post with black flutes and cradle lower half.
Black stem. Polished bars, then black wrap. Polished plugs.
The OEM headset, (once I find it), is polished and makes a nice break to a black stem and visual match to the fork crown.
I personally would se a Tange Levin steel headset or a combo black/silver 105.
Silver or light grey housings to match the lettering.

You do all that, would still be easy to mess it up with odd components, so the pressure remains until done.

Then again, it’s for your brother.
Mine wrecked my motorcycle, so he gets Jack if I built him a bike.
Actually, this one's for me. The bridge bike to the modern era with indexed shifting. If I leave the bro one, it will be the red/white beater. That will be the one that goes to HNH. The bro is a pro fire fighter. Red/white will be his color combo. He also might not take good care of it, or give it to my nephew. Same for the nephew. He might not take good care of it. This is also the older bro that was mean to the younger bro and I growing up.
The 2 headsets I have on hand for replacement are both Tange Levin CDS. One black, one chrome. The mystery of the chrome fork on the Iris is probably solved. Velobase says the Tange Aero headset was/is 26.4mm crown race. Confirmed on the black Turbo crown races. The 600 headset/fork races on the Iris Turbo are 27mm. Maybe it was cheaper/easier to install new fork/headset than redo original fork for bigger headset. The silver test cable in the pic is what is on the Iris Turbo. Perfect match for the decals. As far as the components go, people are either going to love them, or hate them. We'll see. I'm keeping them a mystery.

Funny story about brothers and motorcycles. The brother in question's first wife had a Honda Trail 70 she used to ride down around their cabin at lake Possum Kingdom.(The same Possum Kingdom Lake in the 1994 hit song Possum Kingdom by the Toadies) It had sat for a few years and he brought it back to my parents house. I ordered a bunch of parts from Eddie Hill's Fun Cycles in WF(yes, that Eddie Hill, the famous drag racer) and nursed it back to life. Got it running good. Then, my 2 brothers did all they could to destroy it. You can't blame them, Trail 70s are a blast to ride! It's all I could do to keep it running after that. I have a customer that has one sitting in his equipment shed now that he rode as a child. I could probably get it from him, but would have no place to ride it.
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Originally Posted by seypat
I need some more sets of eyes. I'm torn between the color the seatpost and stem should be. The actual silver seatpost that would be going on is silver with black flutes/clamp. The headset is being replaced also. I happen to have the replacement in both chrome or black. Leaning to the black headset. Also torn on the cable color. One of the two in the pic or a combo of both. Tell me what you think. Thanks in advance.

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Black post and stem make the other highlights pop better.
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My Turbo is on the chopping block right now and you are making me feel bad. Your Turbo's paint is nice. I have black cable housing because that's what I had when I replaced the original grey. The grey looked better. Black would be better than bright silver. If Robbie finds the Aero headset, use that. Once it's set, it is pretty cool. Digging the hubs. Did you say you have black rims? Silver spokes? Black brakes and levers?
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Originally Posted by Classtime
My Turbo is on the chopping block right now and you are making me feel bad. Your Turbo's paint is nice. I have black cable housing because that's what I had when I replaced the original grey. The grey looked better. Black would be better than bright silver. If Robbie finds the Aero headset, use that. Once it's set, it is pretty cool. Digging the hubs. Did you say you have black rims? Silver spokes? Black brakes and levers?
You have any pics of your Turbo?
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Originally Posted by Classtime
My Turbo is on the chopping block right now and you are making me feel bad. Your Turbo's paint is nice. I have black cable housing because that's what I had when I replaced the original grey. The grey looked better. Black would be better than bright silver. If Robbie finds the Aero headset, use that. Once it's set, it is pretty cool. Digging the hubs. Did you say you have black rims? Silver spokes? Black brakes and levers?

Here's where it's at so far. The black hubs and rims like in the picture above. Spokes up in the air. I can't get myself to order black spokes/ nipples yet. I'm trying to get there, but not there yet. I like the way it looks with silver spokes/nipples.

The brake calipers will be Dia Compe BRS 100 black. Modern dual pivot versions of what came on it.




I'm having a hard time finding a decent 27.0 black seatpost for a reasonable price. The one in the pic is a 26.8 for looks purposes. So, it will either be a cheapy black Kalloy/Sunlite Laprade look a like, or a silver/black flutes/cradle SR Laprade one like Robbie suggested. The headset/stem/handlebars I have in both colors. Can go either way. Black Turbo saddle and black bar tape.

The drivetrain is up in the air. It will be a 3X and have Microshift/New brifters. I'm testing 8 speed Claris shifters at the moment, but the brake lever shift throw is too long for my stubby fingers. I have bikes from 5-8 speeds. Those hubs will go to 10. If I go above 8 then the chains and cassettes will have to be different. You also start getting into the fugly cranksets. I have a few 110/74 cranks I can choose from already. I could also put black big and middle rings on them as a tribute to the original look. We'll see.

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Originally Posted by Classtime
My Turbo is on the chopping block right now and you are making me feel bad. Your Turbo's paint is nice. I have black cable housing because that's what I had when I replaced the original grey. The grey looked better. Black would be better than bright silver. If Robbie finds the Aero headset, use that. Once it's set, it is pretty cool. Digging the hubs. Did you say you have black rims? Silver spokes? Black brakes and levers?
Basically, it will be a black version of this one with brifters and black/silver components.
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The previous owner messed up the rear shift lever's plastic concave spacer and Robbie helped me out with that. And Robbie insisted I have a nicer Turbo and he helped out with that too (Which will go on my new bike). It came to me without the Superbe rear derailleur and I'm too cheap to get one in decent shape. I rode it with a Sprint for very awesome friction shifting. Aside from cables, housing, and Koolstops, it is very original and a sweet ride. If my Allez sells first, I will probably keep it. I'm raising funds for brazing equipment and all I need now is tanks.

There is so much cool stuff on this bike I'm thinking now I'll keep it. The drops are crazy deep which puts the shifters right there where they should be. The brakes work well enough. I usually rode it with a 7400/gl330 wheelset but the stock wheelset is really neat: super smooth, no play, sealed bearing Sansin hubs laced to the usual nice Arayas with butted spokes.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
The previous owner messed up the rear shift lever's plastic concave spacer and Robbie helped me out with that. And Robbie insisted I have a nicer Turbo and he helped out with that too (Which will go on my new bike). It came to me without the Superbe rear derailleur and I'm too cheap to get one in decent shape. I rode it with a Sprint for very awesome friction shifting. Aside from cables, housing, and Koolstops, it is very original and a sweet ride. If my Allez sells first, I will probably keep it. I'm raising funds for brazing equipment and all I need now is tanks.

There is so much cool stuff on this bike I'm thinking now I'll keep it. The drops are crazy deep which puts the shifters right there where they should be. The brakes work well enough. I usually rode it with a 7400/gl330 wheelset but the stock wheelset is really neat: super smooth, no play, sealed bearing Sansin hubs laced to the usual nice Arayas with butted spokes.
There you go. That's what I'm going for with some updated components. I'm also possibly looking for a way to put gummy hoods on the Microshift brifters. If that were to happen, the tires could be the dark gummy Contis. Maybe. I do like the way the black tires look though.

Here's the thing. The blue one weighs 22.61lbs as it sits with the triple, pedals and big a$$ 8 speed cassette. The black one will weigh about the same with modern components. If I go out and spend 3K on a new bike, it won't be too much of an improvement. It'll be a little lighter and maybe brake a little better, but that's about it. As Robbie and Doc will tell you, I'll still be the last one up a hill. I won't be any happier than I would be riding these old ones. When I think about it, the old bikes let me cycle the way I want. A new one might change that.

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Pat,

Found the headset for that Turbo.
I assume you have the fork race, and the other bits are in the head tube.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Pat,

Found the headset for that Turbo.
I assume you have the fork race, and the other bits are in the head tube.
Yes. You da man!

Question: The sweet IM you posted in the Bridgestone repaint thread, does it have black spokes or silver? I'm taking some inspiration from that bike.
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The NotYourDaddy’s Ironman, I believe, has Bontrager RXL/TLR wheels. They are now tubeless and set aside for climbing days. Black spokes. Thin, petite, tiny black spokes. I’ve broken one, had the rest replaced, tensioned, trued. Great wheels. Flat black hubs, rims, spokes, low profile.

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2 out of 5 of my favorite Ironman.
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I have a set of those abomination bars if you ever need some spares.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Pat,

Found the headset for that Turbo.
I assume you have the fork race, and the other bits are in the head tube.
Mailed. Don't lose the little bitty balls.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Mailed. Don't lose the little bitty balls.
Bahaha, I know what you meant but my mind still goes back to being 11yo.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Mailed. Don't lose the little bitty balls.
Thanks again. Santa's gonna be good to you!
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That's what she said, correct?
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Originally Posted by seypat
Thanks again. Santa's gonna be good to you!
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And,
That's what she said, correct?
Handle the plastic spacer in that headset with care. Mine needed a drop of super glue.
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Handle the plastic spacer in that headset with care. Mine needed a drop of super glue.
I'll make sure and do that. Thanks.
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Front hasn't shown up yet. Not as cool as the originals. Perfect match on color/shine, though.



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