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Old 05-14-12, 06:29 PM
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Went out for a ride on Sunday morning and realized that I forgot something really important... my sunglasses.

















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Ooohhhhh shiney. I've been wanting a chrome frame of late, your posting is not helping matters. She is a beauty!
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OOOOoohhie! OOOOoohhie!! OO-OO-OO-OOOOoohhie!!!
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I was serious about the sunglasses... was riding home and could not even glance at the bike (which is a little grimy) due to the reflection off the chrome and polished bits.

So with that... we need more chromium content.
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Wonder if Raleigh ever did their Chrome Sports in a 23" version....

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Wonder if Raleigh ever did their Chrome Sports in a 23" version....

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I have seriously considered stripping and chroming a few bicycles... the prep work is pretty intense as what might get covered by paint will show with chrome.

Nickel is also an excellent choice for making things shiny and it is very durable as a finish.
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I sure hope you don't get a citation for causing a public nuisance from the local constabulary!
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You practically need sunglasses to look at the photos. Very slick looking bike. I would think it's quite visible in a car's headlights for night riding.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I have seriously considered stripping and chroming a few bicycles...
Also known as a chrome-over.
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Thst's reak nive but now I'n havinf frouble seeinf my jeyboarf. Thamks fot the picfured!
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I have seriously considered stripping and chroming a few bicycles... the prep work is pretty intense as what might get covered by paint will show with chrome.

Nickel is also an excellent choice for making things shiny and it is very durable as a finish.
Raleigh apparently produced a few of their models in the chrome. I have seen pictures of Sports and Tourists, I have actually seen one chrome Sports in person, but it was a 21" frame.

I don't know if I would want to go to the trouble and expense to chrome or nickel plate a bike or not. But the ones that are, are spectacular.

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I heard doing that will make you go blind.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post

So with that... we need more chromium content.
Is that a throw down to a chrome off ??



In your face, 65er...............
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The way you played out the photos, I feel like just went to a peep show.
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Of all your (really nice) bikes, this one is my favorite!

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Is that a throw down to a chrome off ??



In your face, 65er...............
That is double damn sweet... your frame beats mine but I might have a better parts spec on my Garlatti which at best was made of straight gauge chromoly by a company that was known for making farm equipment as well as bicycles.

If I could get a Campag Rally dérailleur for my Garlatti I would run that and Campag bits instead of the Suntour and Simplex but that block demands a dérailleur that can handle it's fairly wide range and I really do like the way my bike shifts.
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The way you played out the photos, I feel like just went to a peep show.
The money shot usually comes at the end...
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That is double damn sweet... your frame beats mine but I might have a better parts spec on my Garlatti which at best was made of straight gauge chromoly by a company that was known for making farm equipment as well as bicycles.

If I could get a Campag Rally dérailleur for my Garlatti I would run that and Campag bits instead of the Suntour and Simplex but that block demands a dérailleur that can handle it's fairly wide range and I really do like the way my bike shifts.
I think I have a Rally on a bike still around here somewhere,
and from what i recall, your Suntour is a better design, and
shifts more cleanly and positively.
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I, too, am a fan of all chrome plated bicycles.

This is how an old Torpado five speed looked before the all chrome underclothes were revealed...


This is how it looked a short while later...


And this is how it looks today...


And this old Torpado, this time a Ten Speed, will suffer the same fate as its five speed cousin, unless someone buys the bicycle before I get a chance to build it up...

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Chrome bikes should only be ridden on cloudy days.
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I have a chrome Schwinn Voyageur. I find it is the people I ride with who need the shades.
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I, too, am a fan of all chrome plated bicycles.

This is how an old Torpado five speed looked before the all chrome underclothes were revealed...


This is how it looked a short while later...


And this is how it looks today...


And this old Torpado, this time a Ten Speed, will suffer the same fate as its five speed cousin, unless someone buys the bicycle before I get a chance to build it up...

Torpado, Garlatti, Bottechia and a host of other Italian makers were big on chrome duriung the bike boom and even some of the most entry level bikes had chromed lugwork or were full chrome.

Issue with many painted frames is that, if they were built up to be partially chromed and painted, the chrome beneath the paint is not of the same finish and quality as the rest of the bike... I see this on much nicer frames that are full chrome beneath but when you strip away the paint you don't have a nice chrome job.

My Garlatti has some nice chrome and was intended to be this way... they also offered the same bike in a painted version and think they sold for $300.00 which was quite a bit compared to what else you could buy for $300.00 in the early 70's.

My GRan Sport, which is 531 and came with a much nicer parts spec and is significantly lighter was one of those $300.00 bikes.
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I think I have a Rally on a bike still around here somewhere,
and from what i recall, your Suntour is a better design, and
shifts more cleanly and positively.
I just switched a Cyclone equipped bicycle to Campagnolo NR... there was a little loss in the shifting quality that is most noticeable off the front. Like the rear Suntour, the Suntour front does not move in a straight lateral plane but follows the chain rings and makes for a much smoother and almost invisible shift.

I used a Suntour Spirt on the Garlatti as it was NOS and despite their lowly nature, the reverse spring and high normal in many Suntours is the way I think a front shifter should work... it also shifts like it is not there.
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