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New old bike rebuild

Old 12-11-05, 02:15 PM
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New old bike rebuild

I finally finished my 18 month odyssey. I bought the bike in March of 2004 as a used/abused ex Team Mec bike. It came with a Campy Chorus 8 speed group with an extra set of wheels and spare parts. The original Chorus crank was mated to a Shimano JIS bottom bracket. The chain line was so far off that my heel was smacking the chain stays. The brakes were old Shimano 600 dual pivot brakes that actually stopped well but didnít look too good with the rest of the Campy drive train.

Well so far so bad. Thatís when decided to restore it to a period correct 8 speed bike. I bought one of the new Centaur 111mm bottom brackets and a set of NOS Chorus Monoplaner brakes plus a mint Chorus 8 speed crank. I was going to have it repainted and put the 8 speed parts on.

I spent literally hundreds of hours on eBay looking for clean Campy 8 speed rear derailleurs and Ergo levers. The price of NOS or super clean Campy Chorus/Record parts is almost as much as new Centaur parts. Thatís when I decided to sell off all the 8 speed parts and go with a new Daytona 10 speed kit I was saving for another project.

The paint job is in this post https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/117083-new-bike-build-photos.html. The completed bike photos are shown below. Yes that is snow flakes you see. I havenít had courage to ride it in the salt encrusted streets of North Ohio. I guess Iíll have to wait until spring or put it on a trainer.


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Old 12-11-05, 02:20 PM
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Nice bike - very nice.

Is that a Cinelli Frog I see on there?

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Nice bike - very nice.

Is that a Cinelli Frog I see on there?

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Thanks, see there is still hope for all of guys waiting for there there bikes to get back from the painters. I waited forever to get that frame done. Yes that's a Frog. My LBS sold it to me. He had an new Marin sitting the show room that was sold but the customer was going to put a new fork on the bike. I asked if he wanted to sell it and he said $25, needles to say I took it on the spot.


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I love the Frog - I have one I used for a year that's now waiting for a new ride. $25 is a killer price.

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OMG, that bike is awesome

love those Waterfords, congrats--looks great

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OMG, that bike is awesome

love those Waterfords, congrats--looks great

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Thanks, used Waterfords have to be a best buy in bikes. Figure a new frame/fork are $1800+ You can usually pick up a complete bike for well under a $1000 if you're patient. I paid for $600/shipped for a complete Chorus 8 speed with an extra set of wheels in 56cm. I haven't decided if I'm going to build another bike with the 8 speed parts or sell them to help defray the cost of the bike.

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I am very impressed. That's one hell of a nice bike.
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Beautiful bike, and a custom painter who actually returns your bike!
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