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Old 10-14-12, 09:52 PM
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Just don't know what to do....

Picked this one up, circa 1985 Fuji Allegro, and want to get it up and going with some cleanup and restoration. The paint does have some rust spots and some rust/bang spots near the chain stay. It's not horrid, yet, would look awesome with new paint.

Have searched the web, cannot find stickers anywhere for this one. I can get seatpost decal that is close, but not the actual allegro.

The project is at a standstill until I decide which way to go. What do you think?






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Old 10-14-12, 09:56 PM
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I wouldn't bother with the cost/hassle of a repaint. It looks fine.

Clean it up and ride it.
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Old 10-14-12, 10:09 PM
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Sure would look nice with a set of these...and maybe some red bar tape.


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its fine leave as is i say
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Looks good to me. Red bar tape: yes. Red sidewall tires: please don't. There are a lot of good tires out there, but those are just gaudy. I would remove the plastic pie plate, and probably move to down tube shifters. It looks like a very satisfying ride
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My son and I built one of those up for him to ride (49cm) in 8th grade, and when he outgrew it I sold it to a nice young lady artist. It was that same year and color I think. We went with red bar tape, and added aero brake levers and downtube shifters--the latter being Suntour ratcheting 'Power Shifters' which I wish I still had.

It was an entry level Fuji and as such is a perfectly good bike but not worth putting a lot of money into, certainly not a repaint. Clean it up, touch up rough spots in the paint with nail polish, use 'rust converter' if there are actual rust spots that don't buff out with steel wool, maybe do a couple of cheap upgrades, and ride it!
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lightly wet sand it with either 1000-1200 grit to get them of the rust spots cleaned. then clean with acetone, after that clear coat, and wet sand+polish with some compound if needed.
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Probably not worth your money to get a repaint.
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Those were low end bikes and no one is making decals for lower end bikes especially low demand lower end bikes. However you could get a set made but they will probably end up costing around $250 to have someone take pictures and then custom make vinyl decals off a computer. The bike isn't worth it. If the decals are ok, you could mask them off and use a 1000 grit sand paper and rough up the paint then use a airbrush to repaint the bike, and if your really good with an airbrush you could paint the decals back on.

Personally I wouldn't bother unless you're bored and need a project to do by yourself and not farming it out. I would at the most get the rust off till the shiny metal comes through then touch up with black paint.
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