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Italian 650B conversion: Or, the 'yeah, so what?' thread

Old 02-28-13, 06:51 PM
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Italian 650B conversion: Or, the 'yeah, so what?' thread

Anybody else done it? You can come out now.













This Colner has become my main commuter, and my most ridden bike. Converted to SS 650B for wider tire clearance. Paul hubs laced to Synergy rims. It's now zippier than ever. Considering adding fenders now that there's room, though no eyelets. I'll probably have them added with its eventual repaint; the finish is in pretty poor shape and this one's definitely a long-term keeper.
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Old 02-28-13, 07:10 PM
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I once ran into Jan Heine and was asking him questions about 650b Conversions. He looked down at my Guerciotti PRX and asked me in a horrified voice..."For that bike?!?"

I should have said yes Was of course asking about my Trek 400T

Nice looking bike!
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Old 02-28-13, 07:50 PM
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Ha, what's the big deal, anyway? Im far more concerned that I thought about putting a TA cyclotouriste on another Italian
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Old 02-28-13, 08:13 PM
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Nice!

And, TA cranks make any bike look sexier....
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ItaloFrench...what's not to like. Beautiful!
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Old 02-28-13, 08:23 PM
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That thing is braze ons, fresh paint, and fenders from the perfect commuter.

edit: I should note that I love the way it looks now. Rough orange paint and all.

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Old 02-28-13, 08:24 PM
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I like it! Tangentially, my FG do-everything bike wears Panaracer 26"x1.75" tires, and I've gotten asked more than once if they were 650B. Not far off in spirit, really.
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Old 02-28-13, 08:36 PM
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Very nice ride Whatwolf, what brake levers are those?
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Very nice ride Whatwolf, what brake levers are those?
TRP RRL levers.

Thanks all. Love this bike.
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Old 02-28-13, 08:55 PM
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I have some sks longboards in cream on hand, would that look atrocious?

Should I just get VO stainless?
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I need a full stable shot after you get the next one built. Your bikes are just my style.
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I need a full stable shot after you get the next one built. Your bikes are just my style.
Flattered.

A full stable shot is in the works after the Casati gets here and built, and the Merckx gets a makeover.
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I actually had those wheels on a Bottecchia before they went to you.

I would go with aluminum fenders over stainless.
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Flattered.

A full stable shot is in the works after the Casati gets here and built, and the Merckx gets a makeover.
Out for delivery!
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Really cool! it's just a wheelset, so I don't think it's all that heretical... You left the der. hanger on at least
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putting them levers to good use!
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Out for delivery!
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Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
I have some sks longboards in cream on hand, would that look atrocious?

Should I just get VO stainless?
Sks sks sks
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I can dig it, especially the blue cable housing (nice color coordination). Each iteration of this bike is neat. I wish I had snagged it when it was for sale on the Classifieds!
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