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Old 11-13-15, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by nesteel
My '86 Ironman:

Other than the frame, I had all the parts here.

Went economical as I could, so other then the chain, it had to be what was tucked away.
In the true spirit of Ironman owners, pretty much. We don't need no stinkin' new parts!
Even the bar tape was "previously enjoyed"
Need to change out the stem for something Japanese.
The seatpost actually belongs to my RB-1 project, and must be returned to the build box.
6400 Crankset, RD, FD, shifters, and brakeset.
Tange headset.
Shimano cheapish sealed BB105 hubs with Veloflex rims
The pedals will be replaced as soon as I dig out the Ritchey Logics I hid somewhere.

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So, took the '86 grey CIM out for a 33 mile spin yesterday. Nice weather if a bit nippy, so rode the W&OD bike path, which is fairly well protected in most places against crosswinds. Anyhoo, just outside of the Purcellville town line is about a 2 mile stretch of flat, straight path. Hit it hard to see what the bike would do, and this was the result, not too bad for a 64 year old guy on a 30 year old bike:



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^^^ Yes, folks, he's that good. ^^^
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Give me time, eh?

Actually, a guy I know built a Schwinn Tempo with full Apex, used Gore cabling, and it really, really came out great.
If I were to do something like that, I'd probably not use the SRAM crankset, just not my preference for a steel frame.
I'd go with an older FSA Octalink or ISIS crankset/BB combo, then run the SRAM stuff.

Around here, a 1x10 would work pretty well with the SRAM L brake lever and a WiFli cassette/RD.
I'm gonna do a "black Lightning " theme on the black Ironman i have, got a FSA Octalink crank thats going on in it. so i must not be to far off. but was probably gonna do Black 105 on it
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Originally Posted by fleslider
I'm gonna do a "black Lightning " theme on the black Ironman i have, got a FSA Octalink crank thats going on in it. so i must not be to far off. but was probably gonna do Black 105 on it
That would be pretty killer. Black items, white lettering, subtle, and I'm quite familiar with an FSA Octalink crankset, running one on my '86.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
So, took the '86 grey CIM out for a 33 mile spin yesterday. Nice weather if a bit nippy, so rode the W&OD bike path, which is fairly well protected in most places against crosswinds. Anyhoo, just outside of the Purcellville town line is about a 2 mile stretch of flat, straight path. Hit it hard to see what the bike would do, and this was the result, not too bad for a 64 year old guy on a 30 year old bike:



Ironman.
That's great piloting.
From your previous pics post I wondered what cycling computer you had on that Ironman and it looks just as good close up. I'm not familiar with current models as I'm still stuck in the 80s.
Does that mean you're actually gonna keep that one? Or sell it like that cool 85 you used to own. We always wonder, when selling anything, what's the price of regret? So that means anyone can have my IronMan's for, let's see carry the one umh 5000.00 each. Hah
Sidenote : Parts just came in. Guess what I'll be doing this rainy day.

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I use similar Cateye cyclometers on all of my bikes; some are the older wired ones, the rest are 1st gen wireless ones. Speed, elapsed time, max speed, average speed, miles- that's all I need to know and usually not even that much. Plus, they don't break.

At this point it's a keeper, who knows what the future may bring. When you've built 20 or so CIM's it's hard to get attached to one in particular, but this particular frame fits me better than any of the others, so there's that.
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I know it's not a true C&V ... but here is the bike I am building up for my fiancee. I know, I ruined it.

Still waiting for a NOS 105 headset since the one I have is too tall.

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Nice, what groupset is it running?
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Originally Posted by fleslider
Nice, what groupset is it running?
Shimano 5800 105 11spd
H Plus Son TB14 rims with 105 hubs from Velomine (heavy, but strong and cheap)
Easton seatpost
3T ARX stem
3T Ergonova Pro bar

The bike weighs 18.85 lbs as it sits in the picture, so probably ~20 lbs when its all complete.
Not very light for the small frame size, but should be pretty sturdy and reliable.
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Originally Posted by Jaredn
Shimano 5800 105 11spd
H Plus Son TB14 rims with 105 hubs from Velomine (heavy, but strong and cheap)
Easton seatpost
3T ARX stem
3T Ergonova Pro bar

The bike weighs 18.85 lbs as it sits in the picture, so probably ~20 lbs when its all complete.
Not very light for the small frame size, but should be pretty sturdy and reliable.
Very nice, keep us posted as the build progresses
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Originally Posted by Jaredn
I know it's not a true C&V ... but here is the bike I am building up for my fiancee. I know, I ruined it.

Still waiting for a NOS 105 headset since the one I have is too tall.

I'm kinda' digin' on the black out .
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I'm kinda' digin' on the black out .
It look way cooler in person too. Make's the colors of the frame really pop.
Added bonus, the bike originally came with 105, so it's kind of legit right?
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Neat. Stem looks awfully long for such a short bike, however, especially considering that CIM's have a long top tube relative to the seat tube. I mean, just mentioning.
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Originally Posted by Jaredn
I know it's not a true C&V ... but here is the bike I am building up for my fiancee. I know, I ruined it.

Still waiting for a NOS 105 headset since the one I have is too tall.

Not sure there are any purist on this thread. Your CIM is a welcomed addition. You won't hear any complaints from us especially with a build like that. I remember you aquired this from odd job. Man great job, keep it going. Congratulations on the score and welcome to the forum.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Neat. Stem looks awfully long for such a short bike, however, especially considering that CIM's have a long top tube relative to the seat tube. I mean, just mentioning.
It's 100mm. I had the stem and bars lying around to put on my Merckx, so I just threw it on here for now. I'll get her fitted on it and see if I need a smaller one.

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Not sure there are any purist on this thread. Your CIM is a welcomed addition. You won't hear any complaints from us especially with a build like that. I remember you aquired this from odd job. Man great job, keep it going. Congratulations on the score and welcome to the forum.
Thanks! I did get it from Oddjob, great guy to deal with!
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Originally Posted by Jaredn
It's 100mm. I had the stem and bars lying around to put on my Merckx, so I just threw it on here for now. I'll get her fitted on it and see if I need a smaller one.



Thanks! I did get it from Oddjob, great guy to deal with!
I remember that frame not being in the best shape. Did you do any kind of touch up on the frame?
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Originally Posted by zs3889
I remember that frame not being in the best shape. Did you do any kind of touch up on the frame?
No, still trying to find some good touch up paint for it. It's going to be ridden a lot, so I'm not too worried about it.
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Welcome to the forum. I'll send you a PM and you can email me your address. I'll send you a shorter, lighter stem if that's a 31.8 bar.

You can't ruin an Ironman. Immortal spirit. After all, it's been 25+ years, and here we are.

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I know it's not a true C&V ... but here is the bike I am building up for my fiancee. I know, I ruined it.

Still waiting for a NOS 105 headset since the one I have is too tall.

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Some of you may know, I scored an 56 cm Miami Vice frame (BB, headset) on ebay and was excited to see it arrived at my doorstep. The decals are almost perfect on one side but not so much on the other side. There is also a part on the seat tube where it has been touched up with paint, though quite poorly. I have a 105 group waiting to be mounted. With this being my first build ever, I imagine it'll take at least a month or two to complete. I'm in no hurry whatsoever and I want to do a really good job on this bike.

I'm looking for a stem with shorter reach, around 60-80 mm. If anyone one here has one lying in the part bin, I'd love to buy it from you!















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Hey glad you got your frame. Well it turns out it was a 56. Cool. I remember you were worried about fit. I'm curious how does it compare to your 56 trek? Which top tube is longer?
I think the decals not being perfect gives character to the almost 30 year old frame.
I'm anxious to see your build. You are demonstrating great patience and self control with your attitude and plan to do it right.
Good luck.
Sidenote : If you get into trouble or have questions with your build, this is a great place to come especially with the likes of rccardr and RobbieTunes as sources.

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Hey zs3889, RT maybe getting rid of his 89 54 cm you were interested in. Just FYI.
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Originally Posted by zs3889
Some of you may know, I scored an 56 cm Miami Vice frame (BB, headset) on ebay and was excited to see it arrived at my doorstep. The decals are almost perfect on one side but not so much on the other side. There is also a part on the seat tube where it has been touched up with paint, though quite poorly. I have a 105 group waiting to be mounted. With this being my first build ever, I imagine it'll take at least a month or two to complete. I'm in no hurry whatsoever and I want to do a really good job on this bike.

I'm looking for a stem with shorter reach, around 60-80 mm. If anyone one here has one lying in the part bin, I'd love to buy it from you!


Since most of the frame is pretty good, and only the R side TT decal is compromised, I think it's worth some time and tedious and trouble to rectify.
1-Wash it down good with hot soapy water, rubbing it hard. Dry it very well, blow out the frame tubes, etc.
2-Framesaver if you want, but I often just spray inside the tubes with WD40 and let it go. They'll still outlast me.
3-Liberal WD40 on a cloth, and rub hard and long on every mm of the frame. You'll be amazed at what comes off.
4-Hair dryer on the bike shop decal, until it's good and hot, then peel it off if you want to remove it.
5-Mineral spirits on a cloth, rub on some areas, but don't linger. Wipe off those areas with a clean wet cloth.
6-Another WD40 rubdown. By this time, you'll be where the frame is at it's best.

7-Go back to the decal on the R side of the TT, and rub down with mineral spirits, but not heavy, and not real wet.
--You are preparing the decal for touchup. A silver paint pen works find on the silver part of the decal. 2 coats. Let it dry 3 days.
--After the silver paint has dried 3 days, you can lightly mask along the edges of the letters with pinstripe tape.
--A black fine-point paint pen can restore the outline of the letters, just "write" up along the pinstripe tape.

8-Go to a beauty supply store and find a match for that magenta, perhaps pick up some darker and some white.
--In any case, mix it up and test it on another piece of painted metal. Feel free to do it thinly on the Ironman, and come back every couple of days.
--Don't go too thick, but if you do, a q-tip dipped in rubbing compound, about a week later, can carefully smooth it down.

9-Sure, it's tedious. Sure, it's a PITA. Sure, it is slow. But properly done, can have really good results. The key is patience, don't over-apply anything.

10-When it's done, cheap soft paste-wax it and then ride it. It will pick up more wear and tear as you do, but it will be your wear and tear.
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I have an NOS 105 headset.

Originally Posted by Jaredn
I know it's not a true C&V ... but here is the bike I am building up for my fiancee. I know, I ruined it.

Still waiting for a NOS 105 headset since the one I have is too tall.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Since most of the frame is pretty good, and only the R side TT decal is compromised, I think it's worth some time and tedious and trouble to rectify.
1-Wash it down good with hot soapy water, rubbing it hard. Dry it very well, blow out the frame tubes, etc.
2-Framesaver if you want, but I often just spray inside the tubes with WD40 and let it go. They'll still outlast me.
3-Liberal WD40 on a cloth, and rub hard and long on every mm of the frame. You'll be amazed at what comes off.
4-Hair dryer on the bike shop decal, until it's good and hot, then peel it off if you want to remove it.
5-Mineral spirits on a cloth, rub on some areas, but don't linger. Wipe off those areas with a clean wet cloth.
6-Another WD40 rubdown. By this time, you'll be where the frame is at it's best.

7-Go back to the decal on the R side of the TT, and rub down with mineral spirits, but not heavy, and not real wet.
--You are preparing the decal for touchup. A silver paint pen works find on the silver part of the decal. 2 coats. Let it dry 3 days.
--After the silver paint has dried 3 days, you can lightly mask along the edges of the letters with pinstripe tape.
--A black fine-point paint pen can restore the outline of the letters, just "write" up along the pinstripe tape.

8-Go to a beauty supply store and find a match for that magenta, perhaps pick up some darker and some white.
--In any case, mix it up and test it on another piece of painted metal. Feel free to do it thinly on the Ironman, and come back every couple of days.
--Don't go too thick, but if you do, a q-tip dipped in rubbing compound, about a week later, can carefully smooth it down.

9-Sure, it's tedious. Sure, it's a PITA. Sure, it is slow. But properly done, can have really good results. The key is patience, don't over-apply anything.

10-When it's done, cheap soft paste-wax it and then ride it. It will pick up more wear and tear as you do, but it will be your wear and tear.
I took my fork into Michaels craft store and found a good match. They have so many to choose from. I had to touch up the decals on my Lejeune with the WC stripes. As Robbie says patience is the key. A little bit done each/every other day for about a week. Look at it each day and see if you need to apply some more. Your end is not something that is sticks out to your eye. Rather, it needs to blend together like it was there all along.

For those spots like the ones above the tubing sticker on the ST go to Advance and get some Duplicolor Rust Fix primer or something similar. Dab it on with Q-tip. Every spot you find go ahead and do it. It doesn't really turn black unless you spray a thick coat on. That will give your spots some protection until you touch them up.

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