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Frames you've kept for years but never built up?

Old 10-14-12, 07:49 PM
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Frames you've kept for years but never built up?

I have had my Raleigh Grand Sports frame/fork/headset for about 5-6 years now. Every once in a while I think about building something with it, but I never seem to get a round to it. It's a really nice 531 frame and fork, but stamped rear drops. I just realized back in the garage in Houston, there's a Viscount Aerospace crank that would have looked cool as hell on it, but oh well..Water under the bridge.. I do have a Shimano Arabesque group that would look awesome. Hmmm..


So how about it... Anyone else had a frame for years and years, but you never seem to build it?,,,,BD

And as a side discussion.. Why do 70's Raleighs that fit me perfectly in standover, always look like they have shorter head tubes than all my other bikes? Is it the huge tire clearance on the fork that takes up the additional head tube length?
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I've had this frame lying around for a little over a year now. It was built up with Suntour Superbe Pro but I stripped it down to sell the frame. It didn't happen. Over the past year I have been collecting Campy SR components to re-build it but I'm also considering a re-paint - can't decide. The paint is the original team colour (old Belgian team) but it is really crappy (can I say crappy?).

Looks like it may languish a little longer.



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I have Jake's Univega. I still don't know what to do with it.

I never did throw the Puegeot mixte into the ocean, and it's going to a nice fellow with a great last name.
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Well, let's see here.

Four of them at current count.

Finally moving on this one though, as it's now or never.

A Walter Croll. Currently having Paul canti studs, eyelets, pump peg, a stainless chainstay protector and other doo dads installed/moved at A Train Cycles.

Will finally paint and build this in December. Forum member Sloar has graciously agreed to do the finish work on the frame!

All Campy build with a complete grey 2004 Centaur 10 speed gruppo.

Bring on the gravel!

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So that's the bike sloar has agreed to sell me.........

It's a little big. I may have to send it to Jake.

Ransome note pending.
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Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
I've had this frame lying around for a little over a year now. It was built up with Suntour Superbe Pro but I stripped it down to sell the frame. It didn't happen. Over the past year I have been collecting Campy SR components to re-build it but I'm also considering a re-paint - can't decide. The paint is the original team colour (old Belgian team) but it is really crappy (can I say crappy?).

Looks like it may languish a little longer.



Gary I know how you value finely finished framesets, but might you consider letting those colors remain as they are?

Quite striking! imho
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Funny that this thread was started today.

I picked up this Klein MTB frame a couple years ago. I tossed around the idea of buying another MTB and swapping the parts over, but never did it. Out of the blue last week I got a PM from a forum member asking me if I still had it. A few more PM's and a deal was struck.

I shipped out the frame today.

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I've only had it a year, but other projects keep bumping it to the back of the queue. All I really need to do is watch Ebay for a Sugino Super Mighty crankset, then I will have what I need to get started on rebuilding.

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Starting to collect bits for an all-French build. Had some gray and silver Mavic cranks set aside, recently added some retrofriction shifters, but its going to take time. In the meantime, it is wall art.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
So that's the bike sloar has agreed to sell me.........

It's a little big. I may have to send it to Jake.

Ransome note pending.
Don't you have something better to do?

Threatening bicycle addicted Minnesotans.

BTW Really reconsidering the crankset on this build.

Maybe I should toss on a triple for the DD.

I think there is also room for a 11 horsepower Honda powerplant.

Gonna need it next year on those hills near Mineral Point!
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I have a Raleigh Super Course frame I've been pondering for a couple of years now...............not to mention a Surly Pacer and Surly Steamroller frames.

Complete bikes needing complete overhauls, that I'd like to consider keepers???? .....let's not go there.
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Old 10-14-12, 08:29 PM
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Nothing pic worthy:

- KHS 800 reynolds 853 frame has been hanging for years. Maybe this winter, a non-vintage build.
- Nishiki Altron frame. I'm waiting for a Sante group to fall from the sky.
- A Ron Boi Taiwan import frame, made of Tange champion 2 - possible single speed. I had one of the US made ones pass through my hands earlier this year, was nice but not quite my size.
- Finally sold a Fuji touring 3 frame that was going to be a build for my daughter, she's outgrew it before the parts were collected (but those parts made my Trek 630 into a nice all round triple, so it all worked out great anyway)
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I had a nice medium size GT mountain bike frame hanging about for years. It was going to be a guest bike, then a beater, than a drop bar gravel road racer. I finally sold it on craigslist just to get the project out of my hair. No regrets.
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I finally put the Prugnat lugged SC back in running condition last week. I am leaving town for a while so I guess I'm suffering premature withdrawl from my bikes? It got Suntour Mountech derailleurs and the NOS Barcons, a handlebar from a mid 80's Raleigh touring bike that was too far gone to rebuild, and Specialized classic bar wrap. If I ever get around to doing it like I would really like to, it will get canti studs, front and rear rack mounts, and forged drops.

Meanwhile... The orange Super Sport just got the Sante group from my recent ex GF's Schwinn Circuit. It looks NICE! Maybe pics tomorrow. I even used pearl white brake and silver shifter housings, to tie in the silver/white Sante theme. It really turned into a stunner.,,,BD
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I have a beat up Raleigh Professional I bought in 2008. Rode it until I hit a rock and blew both tires and dented the front rim (Mavic tubular). The thing is rusty as heck and has both the stem and seatpost frozen in. I cut off the seatpost and it's had a lye soak to no avail (those things are THICK!). Bent the fork trying to get the stem out. Eventually I'll put it all back together, build a clincher wheelset around the campy hubs, and ride the dickens out of it. Until then, the handlebars are on my fixed gear Peugeot, the shifters are on a Schwinn that is also hanging in the garage where the Pro is, and the derailers are in a drawer in my workbench screaming to be put on something, as they were the smoothest shifters I've used. bah.
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I have a few in this not yet built up category. Problem is other bikes arrive, and they get reviewed, serviced and or reconfigured for a good fit and I end up weaving them into the ride rotation.

I have two that deserve to be built up immediately. Both deserve a new set of wheels built up for them and my spoke length log book is long gone. I used spoke calc for one, but soon after lacing the wheel I realized I need 2 mm longer spokes. The common spoke count rim combos are easy from memory, but the odd ones are a challenge. Part of the problem is that to order a different length is a multistep, multi day affair, no one local stocks spokes now. The momentum gets lost.

Three that need to be sent out for paint. One of those is a hand deliver only and its hard to carve out a half a day plus to do that.

I did order a headset for my S-22.. It needs a short stack headset. When that arrives it will go together pretty fast. I cleaned up the paint on that one today, there are a few areas that are raw and need paint, they received primer, and I will have to take the fork to the drug store to color match the paint with nail polish. No one else will stock THIS color.
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I like to think I'm the rescuer of such frames. Two of the bikes I've built were held by their previous owners for a long time before they came to me.
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i have a traditional dutch citybike, with rod levers, full chainguard and dress covers.

i have had it in the shed for over 11(corrected) years minimum.
I am saving it for nelli but she has seen it and dont like it at all.
so I guess I will put it together and flip it soon.

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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
i have a traditional dutch citybike, with rod levers, full chainguard and dress covers.

i have had it in the shed for over 111 years minimum.
I am saving it for nelli but she has seen it and dont like it at all.
so I guess I will put it together and flip it soon.
Hahaha. Wow, 111 years - you must have taken your complete shed from Baltimore to Finland?

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corrected....
Only my roadbike is left in the shed, now in the celler awaiting my return.
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I've had this Somec Super Corsa since 2004; picked it up at Recycled Cycles near Fremont and have amassed a near-complete pantographed gruppo for it (just trying to find a seatpost - which I nearly had from a BF member, but then that guy fell silent on the boards). You know, I'd have had this restored years ago, but I wanted to color-match the light blue metallic paint and so far have not been able to do so. I even have a correct decal set for this baby. It's going to wait at least another year now.



This Casati Perfection was picked up at least two years ago - and maybe it was three? - from our yearly Bike Swap. Still waiting on finding a correct period decal set, then I'm going to have it restored in the original pink metallic.



Is it just me, or is there anyone else out there that thinks taking the Casati with my on my DG tour would be a good idea?



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OK, cheating here, but it feels like I've had both of these for years...it's actually been a bit less than a year on each.

My excuse, and the reason it feels like it's been ages? Both are in storage as I've been in another city for most of the year...

1980s Proctor (531c - built in Edmonton, Canada), should be built up with Suntour Sprint/Superbe by January:


'Around-town' Apollo: to be built w/80s 105/600 spare bits from the box, whatever else I can find, and VO hammered fenders:
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I've have a number of bicycles which I stripped down then never got around to rebuilding but only two purchased as frames that never got built. One is a circa 1961 Legano Gran Premio and the other is an early 1980s Nishiki, most likely a Maxima. Both were purchased sans decals and original paint and are pending restoration.
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I've had a Voodoo 853 cyclocross frame for a year or so. I finally decided on a build and have been gathering parts. I'll strip it, prime it and build it up in the coming weeks. I'm not going to make it in time for this year's CX season, but neither will I shed this beer belly in time to compete so. . .
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