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Old 03-24-13, 09:45 AM
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37' CCM Road Racer before and after $600 worth of paint, decals, frame repair and chrome. Parts are original except rims and stem.




Yes. It's all making sense now!
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Several years back a member going by High Fist Shin (or something like that) did a completely over the top makeover of his 1982 Univega Viva Touring, and posted a lengthy thread on the process. I have one of its siblings, sans 4-figure makeover:

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This is very overly upgraded.


I think I paid less than $100 w/shipping for the frame. Possibly too much, but it was exactly what I wanted to start the build with. I could have bought a kind-of-decent used car for what I've sunk into this one over the last 5 years.
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Old 03-24-13, 11:14 AM
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Thanks. I think I'd straight trade Scooper for that Paramount though, I love that bike.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
You know, I am just horrified at what SOME people spend to purchase their bikes - It's just CRAZY!
- but somehow...
it makes perfect sense to buy a cheapie project, and then hemorrhage money fixing it up.
...
Anyone can dump a ton of money (relatively speaking) on a commonly available finished product. I'm not always sure where the bragging rights come from in that instance. Things get more interesting when a long search and or hard work are introduced into the equation.
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Old 03-24-13, 11:44 AM
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If Raleigh made it, I hung it on this '62 Sports...then I added a Brooks Flyer and Chrome fenders....I've got a full chaincase for it but haven't got around to installing it.


I've changed out the stays for some proper ones since the picture was taken.
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...I've got a full chaincase for it but haven't got around to installing it.
That's fantastic! Get that chaincase put on.
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Originally Posted by old's'cool View Post
Several years back a member going by High Fist Shin (or something like that) did a completely over the top makeover of his 1982 Univega Viva Touring, and posted a lengthy thread on the process. I have one of its siblings, sans 4-figure makeover:

He was and is a master at makeover, old and new. Heck of a builder, heck of a nice guy.
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Old 03-24-13, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jjvw View Post
.... I could have bought a kind-of-decent used car for what I've sunk into this one over the last 5 years.

Somehow I have the feeling you're not alone!
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Old 03-25-13, 07:47 AM
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$120 bike (shipped, no less, from BG). $1000+ in upgrades.
I'm thinking of asking JR at VeloCals to do an all-flat-black decal set for it.
Still a favorite rider, fast century sled and all-around dependable buddy that's always willing to get in trouble at a moment's notice:

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Just a few Campy bits on an old Gitane. Which some mike consider trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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Old 03-25-13, 09:59 AM
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1980 Schwinn Letour. Way to much time and money.



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Clubman, that CCM is just
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Old 03-25-13, 10:56 AM
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I hope dddd's green Varsity makes an appearance on this thread!

Her's my contribution: A mostly-original UE-8 (for which I paid $68) that is sporting A. Dugast Pipistrello cottom tubular cross tires which retail for ~$85 each. Also upgraded the RD, chainguard, shifters, saddle, and brake pads, but it's mostly the high-end tubulars that are somewhat incongruous.

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Old 03-25-13, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
I hope dddd's green Varsity makes an appearance on this thread!

Her's my contribution: A mostly-original UE-8 (for which I paid $68) that is sporting A. Dugast Pipistrello cottom tubular cross tires which retail for ~$85 each. Also upgraded the RD, chainguard, shifters, saddle, and brake pads, but it's mostly the high-end tubulars that are somewhat incongruous.

$170 for tires on a Ue8?
-Just the ticket for tooling around the grounds of your mansion there.
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Old 03-25-13, 11:52 AM
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In my eyes it might be a little much, it's only Gara tubing so nothing crazy, but i liked the frame so much that i dumped all the old 105, put on all near NOS DA parts on it. had new wheels built with matching DA hubs. Waiting to either buy another fork or get the current one rechromed and extended just so i can fit the DA Sealed headset on it. Made sure everything was the newer 7400, like the 7410, 7403 parts, not the older 7400. What are you talking about? i don't have OCD.....

BTW, bought the DA pedals to go along with it as well.






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Old 03-25-13, 12:00 PM
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Over-upgraded is about a close to describing this bike as you can get. The frame and fork are the only parts original to the bike. Since this photo was taken I replaced the front hub with a SON so I've managed to sink even more money into this thing.

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I'll soon be posting pictures of a Raleigh Twenty which fender1 wisely advised me not to mess with.
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Well not exactly a direct response, but this is what I am currently working on that is like a Jeep (just empty every pocket):
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...?highlight=610

What it looked like when I bought it:


What it looks like now:


The bike flipped that is helping to pay for it ($600+ profit):
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As it was:


Sachs Huret drive train, Wolber wheels, Weinman brakes. Pretty sure this was all original, garage sale find.

As it is:


Shimano 105 Drive train, Alex wheels off my Trek, new bars, saddle, brakes.
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I wish I took pictures of my modded up 1982/3 PH10S I had when I was in college.
I couldn't really say it was "overmodded" as all the changes (Quill pedals, Ambrosio Elite 19 rims, Specialized Turbo S tires, Aluminum seatpost, Stronglight 104bis crankset, Weinmann 405 brakeset that added quick release and deleted the turkey levers, Concor Supercorsa Saddle), I did to it made it a much nicer/faster bike to ride.

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This is my wife's rebuilt 84 Japanese Bianchi It is Japanese built straight gage tubing it now sports Campi large flange hubs a victory FD and C record shifters as well as record track pedals, Crank Shimano Dura Ace Brakes Shimano 600 late 80's a Sun Tour VX RD, SR stem and handlebars


A real Frankenbike
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And this is my Bianchi which is I believe a 86 it is Bianchi Formula one whatever that is tubing with Gipiemme drop outs which I have built up with Campi Super and C Record componnts

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My Fuji Speacial Road Racer S10-S, not sure about upgraded but the only original parts on it are the frame, fork and cable clamps and holders. It has had a bunch of different wheels and general configurations, here it is as it sits now. Just gotta adjust those bars.

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