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What would YOU do with this frame?

Old 12-21-05, 12:47 AM
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What would YOU do with this frame?

My dad's old Bike finally broke down. The bottom bracket snapped and a crankarm flew off. No injuries.

So tonight with the help of a friend, the frame has been stripped down and now I'm trying to think of what I should do with it.

Below is a pic of it... 1976 Raleigh Super Course MKII in pretty good shape made with Reynolds 531.

My options:
1.) turn into fixed gear (but I don't think I would ride it very much if it was)
2.) rebuild as 10 speed (possible but may be somewhat difficult sourcing parts)
3.) respace and build up with some current but retro looking gear (probably campy veloce drivetrain)

I am leaning towards number 3 at the current time but I am a little scared with the respacing and unsure if I would run into any problems with using a more current bottom bracket.

thoughts?

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Old 12-21-05, 12:48 AM
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4) Hang it on your wall
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If i had the money i would pimp it up. Carbon forks, campy record ksyrium sl wheelset, fizik arione saddle... but in my situation i wouldn't be able to do anything with it until I hopefully get this job i applied for.
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Originally Posted by Warblade
4) Hang it on your wall
+1
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Old 12-21-05, 01:33 AM
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does it have a der. hanger? if not, it could get in the way of #3.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by trackandtrials
does it have a der. hanger? if not, it could get in the way of #3.
Yes, sir. I took it off but it does have one.

For those of you who say hang it on the wall... any further reasoning behind it. I actually really like how the frame rides. It's quite comfortable! It's not limited enough to be a collector's item so I would rather ride it then hang it in my room. Maybe in another 20 years it will find it's way onto the wall.
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Old 12-21-05, 01:55 AM
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Well, I can't tell you what to do with it, since it really depends on what kind of riding you want to do with the bike itself. However, I can tell you what I am doing with my old 1989 Steel Centurion Ironman Expert with a Tange #1 lugged steel frame.

1. Basically, since I use it to commute, the paint job is gettting pretty badly chipped and worn, so I will repaint it with a fairly nice paint job with several coats of clear to really give it a strong set of layers to protect the steel.

2. I am going to get rid of the aging 7s Suntour GPX group w/DT shifters, and give it a full Veloce 10s group and '06 Vento wheels.

3. And finally, it will get a saddle upgrade w/ a good comfy commuting saddle. Proibably a Terry Mens Fly.

Now, what you do with yours, it completely up to you.

Good luck.
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I'd personally make it a coffee shop bike. Single ring up front, 8 or 9 speed cassette.
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Old 12-21-05, 02:01 AM
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Fiiiiiiixed Geeeeaaaarrrr!!!
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Old 12-21-05, 02:05 AM
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I'd go for fixed-gear.
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fixed gear...

that bike is too fresh for derailers and drive train noise
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I'll say it - rebuilding it as the 10-speed it originally was is not going to be nearly as hard or expensive as you imagine. PM me if you want leads/tips.

btw - your dad is a sensible and discerning man. It shows in his ride.
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You could probably sell it for an unreasonable good price to sin or zig
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Old 12-21-05, 03:34 AM
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Um, what was wrong with just replacing the BB + crank.
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Old 12-21-05, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by operator
Um, what was wrong with just replacing the BB + crank.
I very well may do that. If I do decide to go that route I still wanted to take everything off and give it a very thorough cleaning as some of the parts were looking rather gunked up.

I have done most of the basic bike maintenence and would like to learn how to do the rest of it in a hands on manner so this gives me a good opportunity to practice without using my more expensive bikes. I have all the parts kept safely in a box if I decide to remount the old parts. Taking everything off was fairly painless considering the bikes age. I thought maybe some of the bolts would give me more trouble then they did.

I want to use the bike as a nice errand bike as well as a winter bike. I will probably throw 700x28 or 32 tires (at least in the winter) on it as this frame has a good deal of clearance in the front and back. My dad also seems to be taking a slight interest in cycling since I have started and I think giving his bike a nice cleaning and/or update may get him back on the road as well!
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So what's the rear triangle spacing?

If it's a 120mm, I'd definitely go the fixed gear route. I think that would be fun to ride on occasion.

If it's 126mm, I think that I'd recreate it into some kind of special use bike.
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Since the stem and seatpost are still in the frame I have to ask this question: Are they frozen in place?
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What would YOU do with this frame?
Well, I have one like that, and it's sitting in the front yard, rusting.
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Old 12-21-05, 05:26 AM
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Well, I have one like that, and it's sitting in the front yard, rusting.
Classy. Do you have a couple of cars sitting out there also? Chickens sitting on the hoods?
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Originally Posted by nnewton123
My dad's old Bike finally broke down. The bottom bracket snapped and a crankarm flew off. No injuries.

So tonight with the help of a friend, the frame has been stripped down and now I'm trying to think of what I should do with it.

Below is a pic of it... 1976 Raleigh Super Course MKII in pretty good shape made with Reynolds 531.

My options:
1.) turn into fixed gear (but I don't think I would ride it very much if it was)
2.) rebuild as 10 speed (possible but may be somewhat difficult sourcing parts)
3.) respace and build up with some current but retro looking gear (probably campy veloce drivetrain)

I am leaning towards number 3 at the current time but I am a little scared with the respacing and unsure if I would run into any problems with using a more current bottom bracket.

thoughts?
This bike looks very similar to the Raleigh I rebuilt. See this link: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...digger+raleigh

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Old 12-21-05, 05:40 AM
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Classy. Do you have a couple of cars sitting out there also? Chickens sitting on the hoods?

hahahaha ...... mmmm chicken is your friend ...... shake & bake
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fix it
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Just touch up the paint - don't redo it. It's a nice, classic paint job. Put a 9-speed campy group on it and some classy wheels. Needs a fitted frame pump, of course. It'll probably take some 28 or 30mm tires and maybe some fenders as well. Would be a great commuter/touring/winter bike.
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