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My Mid-60's Sears Road Bike... (pic heavy)

Old 04-13-15, 11:44 AM
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Also, I've got what-didn't-tighten-down-thinking-I'll-do-it-later concerns going though my head...

After some final adjustments, I'm planning to take it on a commute this week. 9-10 miles each way. Still futzing with the seat...
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Outstanding!
(please post pics of the drive side
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Yes, I will have to do that tonight.

I was unsure of the chain length, I measured the new chain versus the old chain at first. Old chain was two links short, went with that. At that length the chain was almost resting on the chain stay on it's most slack. I took another two links out and it appears to fit well. Amazing how such a small amount make such a difference.
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Originally Posted by juvela
hello OrangeBike,

she is looking really fine, beautiful work!

have directed more than one first-time restorer to your thread as an example of doing everything just right. your documentation has been particularly excellent as well.

have you scheduled a date for that first test ride? hope the wisco snow is beginning to melt at least somewhat.

great to hear from you again.
Thanks!

As an update, I took it out for a test-run yesterday, pretty happy with it.
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Great job! I suddenly have a mighty need for a bike like that (although I'm sure they never came in a small enough frame. Drat!)
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Great job! Based on the first pictures at the beginning of this thread I never would have thought it could come out so well! Amazing!
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Originally Posted by SteveP223
Great job! Based on the first pictures at the beginning of this thread I never would have thought it could come out so well! Amazing!
Thanks. It still has pimples, but without actually getting things stripped, rechromed and repainted, they're not going away.
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Originally Posted by likebike23
Aluminum foil is fine to use on chrome, it's steel wool that's bad. There is a lot of info on polishing chrome with aluminum foil on all of the Harley and hot rod forums. Some metal polishes are not suitable for chrome as well, so make sure to get chrome polish.
Yeah, I was going to point out that aluminum is far softer than chrome, so it's basically impossible to scratch chrome with foil.
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Wow! When you first showed it I said it would clean up nicely, but I didn't mean you should overdo it and put all my bikes to shame.

Well done! And thanks for the exceptional reporting.
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Wow, what an amazing thread! Thanks for sharing your work and beautiful bike. I never would have imagined that Sears made such a lovely lady.
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So a small update, managed to commute a few times with the bike now. Runs really nicely, very happy. Took a few tries to get the seat adjusted properly, but feels great now, first time on a Brooks for me. Added a couple Banjo Brothers bags and got a nice commuter, rode it in to the office today:



Thanks everybody for your help and comments, I appreciate it!

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I LOVE what you've done with this bike!!! In fact I created a new account (it's been so long since I logged in here, that I forgot my info, and have a new email so couldn't even recover). THIS bike was my first real bike. My dad got a great deal on a mint-condition used one in the mid-70s when I was in the 6th grade, and gave it to me. I thought it was the coolest bike ever, and was the envy of my friends. Mine never got lost in the crowd, and I rode this thing everywhere during my pre-teen and teenage years. The town I live in is HILLY, and I could climb any hill by the end of my first summer with 10-speed. My freshman year in college, I was still riding this bike, and took it on my first "long" ride, about 35 miles one way to the lake with a friend for a picnic and back. A couple of years later it was stolen. One of the very saddest days ever.

A couple of years ago, I emailed with JohnG of the OldTenSpeed Gallery.

If you ever decide you'd give this one up, please don't overlook me first. I'd prefer one that's completely original, but that just may not be possible anymore. Nice, nice work! Thank you for posting the pics and for the memories of flying on my Austrian-made Sears-badged Ted Williams orange 10-speed with the rock-hard seat. :-)
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Originally Posted by MissCycling
Thank you for posting the pics and for the memories of flying on my Austrian-made Sears-badged Ted Williams orange 10-speed with the rock-hard seat. :-)
Cool, glad you like it.

Outside of the seat & rims, pretty much original. I still have the original front wheel, but the rear was replaced. Found the bike without the seat, so, had to replace that.
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Wow, I had no idea Sears sold Campy equipped bikes BITD.
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