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Old 03-23-13, 09:34 PM
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Show your overly-upgraded bike!

Got a full Campy U08?
Well maybe not quite all that - but DO YOU have a favorite bike that you put a lot into?
Maybe a cheapo-bike that you spent more to upgrade that it's worth? (but was worth it to you!!! )


-if so...
LET'S SEE THEM!!!
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It has been pulled apart, but here is a Yokota legend built up with Campy, Chris King, and Thomson:



I still have the frame and suspect it will someday have 650b wheels and a campy triple group.

edit: for reference, when new, I believe this bike (complete) sold for about the same price as the record ergo levers.

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Scooper has the coolest bike that fits this thread.

Game over.
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Originally Posted by roadrunner2012 View Post
Scooper has the coolest bike that fits this thread.

Game over.
Pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 03-23-13, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird View Post
It has been pulled apart, but here is a Yokota legend built up with Campy, Chris King, and Thomson:



....
Give is the specs on the current config.
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Wheels alone cost more than the bike did when new. I am getting ready to retire it and the components (plus a few that are still in the mail) will go on a brand new frame. The old Trek was just a placeholder while I collected parts.

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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Give is the specs on the current config.
Current configuration? Frame and fork in a cardboard box. Seatpost on my wife's bike, headset on my cross bike, saddle in the box, components on a Tommasini, and wheelset sold.

as pictured? Record titanium 8 levers converted to 10spd, c record crankset with 10spd rings, chorus 10 fd, centaur 10 rd, Chris king headset, Thomson seatpost, selle italia SLK saddle, deda murex stem, deda 215 bars, monoplanar brakes, veloce/ambrosio wheelset, elite inox cages.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Got a full Campy U08?
No Campy but it is a UO8. On its morning commute last year.



1st gen Shimano 600 hubs, new Sun M13-II front rim, MA2 rim rear, 28mm Pasela TG tires, alloy bar, alloy Simplex seatpost, Suntour V-series derailleurs, MTB Speed-V saddle, V-O compact double crank, B&M lights front and rear, CatEye computer, Jim Blackburn rack, Arkel panniers, Zephal HP pump, alloy bottle cage, Cristophe clips w/straps, but original pedals, stem, brakes, brake levers. The panniers come off, of course. The lights are powered by a Union bottle generator almost as old as the bike. Since that pic was taken the crank has been replaced with the Sugino Maxy that I bought for it 30 years ago. The pedals are slated to be replaced with KKT Top Run.
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Well I have a tone invested in my Jeunet 620 with no paint likely $200+ and another $300 worth of bike coop parts. Plus just countless labor hours.

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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Pics or it didn't happen.
You've never seen his Super Sport w/10s Chorus?

Do a search, newbee
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Bought the Puegeot Mixtie in 1974 for myself, eventually gave it to my wife and she won't give it up. Originally came with Simplex derailleurs, Mafac center pull brakes, Weimann steel rims, Normandy high flange hubs, steel cardered cranks and French rat trap pedals. Upgrades you say, Huret Jubilee derailleurs, shifters, Stronglight style 49 cranks, German made pedals, Campagnolo record SM hubs, Mavic rims and still has Mafac brakes.



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Initially a $50 investment, my Mondia came clad in flat black Krylon from the Seattle Bike Swap back in 2008. I decided to put a Campy triple on it ($200 for the crank/BB) after I had EBB paint it (about $500), using a repro decal set ($50). Scored a first-gen Super Record 26.4mm post ($50) and already had the wheelset and derailleurs. Cobbled the non-PC brake levers to an early version Record caliper set ($100+ and I did get some spare levers and a drop-bolt with that Ebay purchase). Bars and stem were sourced from my parts bin and I've swapped saddles around seemingly on a whim numerous times (all have been kicking around my spares box).

I only used the triple a few times before selling it on Ebay for somewhat more than I bought it for, but of course I had to spend some time cleaning it up. In the end, the bike really ate money when I had it refinished.

I guess it seems a lot of money was thrown at this because it cost so little to get in the door. Still, for an overall cost of less than $800 in the end, I guess it isn't so bad after all - but I've definitely spent the most on this by looking for specific parts (French-threaded, don't you know) and getting the paint just so.

What it looked like just after I got it:



What it pretty much looks like right now:



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Originally Posted by roadrunner2012 View Post
Scooper has the coolest bike that fits this thread.

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Pics or it didn't happen.
I'm embarrassed to say I've actually got two that I think qualify; I've put several times more $$$ into them than I could ever get by selling them.

1940 Paramount before:


after:


1972 Super Sport before:


after:
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That would be most of my bikes

I buy things like Raleigh Twentys then spend 3-4 times the value in upgrades. I bought a Dawes frame set for $150 that will probably have $800 worth of stuff added to it. I bought a brand new Redline R530 ~$600 then spent about that much more on upgrades, most of the stuff on that bike will eventually get moved over to a steel frame when the time comes. And the list goes on....

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i had a perfect example of going overboard on a build. got the maino frame of a fellow bf'er. spent way to much on the build. ended up selling it and didnt come close to what i had in it. all i had was frame and fork, had to buy everything.

repainted frame and fork, new decals.
campy gran sport cranks, pedals and shifters
valentino front and rear derailleur, rear was nos.
pivo stem
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new brooks professional saddle
nice aluminum rims with campy tipo h/f hubs, straight blade campy skewers.




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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.

- And what a difference decent derailleurs and wheels make!!!
So what it ends up costing 45x what you paid for the bike???

I have a crusty, red and puke-green rattle-canned unknown Japanese frame and fork hanging in my garage, that I got for free.
- I was just wondering... How much money can I spend on it?
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Wow. There's some amazing before-and-after pics here, boys and girls... They serve as a testament to the talents of our C&V pals ( but not so-much their fiscal sanity.)
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I have a crusty, red and puke-green rattle-canned unknown Japanese frame and fork hanging in my garage, that I got for free.
- I was just wondering... How much money can I spend on it?
I was given my Bertin frame, stem, bar, and seatpost. Cosmetically it was in great shape. After adding the rest of the ingredients and stirring I've found it to be nothing special, except that it is ORANGE. And Belgian and unusual, worth some fun to ride. But it will never be the ride of choice of rides for more than, oh, 30 miles.

So I'm not sure what to do with it. To sell it I'd need to keep it assembled, perhaps replace some of the nicer bits with cheaper bits, which would mean spending more money. And I'm conflicted about selling something I was given, except I'd want to recoup some of my investment. To save all the reasonable bits I'd end up with, well, a frame.
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sloar, about that Maino, how is it as a rider? Which is to say, tell us something about the frame itself. That is a nice-looking restoration visually. Is the frame at least a decent rider even if the whole project cost more than seems appropriate after the fact?
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The geomatry on the frame was to relaxed for me, I like race frames better. Couldn't really get comfortable with drop bars. Once I put the upright bars on it I really liked it. Rode really nice. I actually liked the Valentino derailleurs also. Regardless of the bad reviews the shifting flawlessly. Hated selling it but I was on a mission to get another bike.
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$95 frame, shipped, in rough shape.
It was overpriced when I put the BB and crankset on it.
People have said that to me. I told them to bite me.

No green fees, membership dues, or gas involved.
And I was at home the entire time.
Some costs are actually savings in other areas.

You have to be good to yourself, sometimes.

(Wheels have since been swapped out)

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Not a C&V, but an example of (almost) excessive upgrading. This is a 2006 Trek FX 7.3 that I literally wore out in 5 years; spokes were breaking, handgrips and shift levers were falling apart, etc, etc. The bike originally cost only $500, but the frame was in great shape, so I spent about $350-$400 on parts (LBS sales, internet deals, flea market parts) to upgrade all the parts and make it a drop bar bike thats good for general purpose riding and short tours. Rides great, nice and comfy, and it was money well spent. I'm happy with it.
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Great thread! It's full of nonsensical passion!
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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.



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