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Cyclops Frame with Some Rust Issues--When a Full Restoration is Not Intended

Old 01-29-12, 11:16 AM
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Cyclops Frame with Some Rust Issues--When a Full Restoration is Not Intended

I had never heard of the late Canadian builder Mike Mulholland and his Cyclops line until I came across this Columbus SLX frame and fork that had some serious rust issues--to me at least--with worm tracks under the paint around the lower head tube lug, the entire bottom bracket shell, and worst of all, a series of pinhole penetrations around the bottle bosses on the seat tube. The owner was up front about the issues and we ended up working out a trade after I consulted with a few professionals about whether the seat tube would need to be replaced. Some quick research showed no replacement decals available and since they're very striking I rejected a full repaint as an option unless the tube had to go.

Drive side view.



I love the decals.



Close-up of some of the worm tracking under the head tube paint.








Almost entirely surface rust, the inner shell and threads are clean.



Seat tube damage.



Another view of the seat tube damage.



After shipping it off for assessment the shop determined it could be cleaned up and repaired. Here's how the seat tube looked after bead blasting. What was thought to be a couple of pinholes turned out to be a few more. The damage came from a rag being stuffed into the tube and forgotten as the frame spent most of it's early years in the southeastern US, an area not noted for it''s arid climate.


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Old 01-29-12, 11:25 AM
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The seat tube was cleaned of rust outside and as much as possible on the inside with a tube reamer and holes filled with lead solder.

All soldered up.



First round of smoothing the patches down.



Work still to be done on the bb shell and head tube lug but I'm really happy with the progress so fare. I'll update with further pics as the work proceeds.

All smoothed down and ready for primer.



Masked and primered.



Finish coat applied. Not a perfect match, but more than close enough.

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That's some really good work you have done. Glad to see you saved that original paint. Headbadge decal alone was worth a save IMHO.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
That's some really good work you have done. Glad to see you saved that original paint. Headbadge decal alone was worth a save IMHO.
I'm just the middleman and owner. Sad to say work of this nature is beyond my experience so it's being done at Yellow Jersey in Madison.

For some reason that headbadge reminds me of the paperback cover version of one of Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminati series with the all-seeing eye on the cover.
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Interesting - I just recently sold my Cyclops (agree on the decals, they're the coolest part of his bikes).

The first time I saw it my reaction was Fnord.
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