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Converting a collector bike? My dilemna . . .

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Old 08-04-08, 11:13 PM
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Converting a collector bike? My dilemna . . .

I have been riding fixed for a couple years now. Did a conversion of my old road bike (a 92 Cannondale R600) and ride it all the time (love the skids and track stands!).

About ten years ago, I inherited grandpa’s old road bike that he use to race back in the 1960's. It is a really cool bike. The brand is capo (Austrian I think) and it is a collector's bike by some folk's perspective (nice lugged Reynolds steel frame, campy components, etc.).

The problem is that I never ride this bike. I have a road bike that I use for the club rides, and the cannondale fixed gear that I use for commuting, short trips around town, some training, etc. I think if I converted this bike, I would ride it frequently. I may even get rid of the Cannondale as I am not a fan of "collecting" bikes as much as I am of "riding" them.

Will you guys give me permission to convert this bike so that I would ride in often and feel that connection to gramps on a daily basis? Or would this be complete sacrilege taking a bike like this and making it a fixed gear bike?
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if converting it will make you ride the bicycle more, then do it - personally, I would just restore the bicycle rather than convert it.

but please keep the original "look" rather than powdercoating and deep-v'ing it.
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actually, second thought - dont convert it. restore it completely.
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Dont convert it.. esp. if you already have a conversion that is perfectly good.
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We can't give you permission to do anything.

Just make sure that when the time comes you can give it to your son or granddaughter in the same condition/state in which you got it.
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post

but please keep the original "look" rather than powdercoating and deep-v'ing it.

Agreed,deep v's on a classic like that is like putting 22" chrome rims on a 56 Vette......it will work,but it will look like a bag full of smashed @$$ holes.
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Just make sure that when the time comes you can give it to your son or granddaughter in the same condition/state in which you got it.
What state is that? From this perspective, the bike looks like it has cancer.
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whats a dilemna
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Convert if you'll ride it more, but don't do anything that can't be undone.
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ITS JUST A BIKE. ride it.
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I have been riding fixed for a couple years now. Did a conversion of my old road bike (a 92 Cannondale R600) and ride it all the time (love the skids and track stands!).

About ten years ago, I inherited grandpa’s old road bike that he use to race back in the 1960's. It is a really cool bike. The brand is capo (Austrian I think) and it is a collector's bike by some folk's perspective (nice lugged Reynolds steel frame, campy components, etc.).

The problem is that I never ride this bike. I have a road bike that I use for the club rides, and the cannondale fixed gear that I use for commuting, short trips around town, some training, etc. I think if I converted this bike, I would ride it frequently. I may even get rid of the Cannondale as I am not a fan of "collecting" bikes as much as I am of "riding" them.

Will you guys give me permission to convert this bike so that I would ride in often and feel that connection to gramps on a daily basis? Or would this be complete sacrilege taking a bike like this and making it a fixed gear bike?

Go ahead and convert it; just don't grind off any braze-ons or chop the bars. I wouldn't mess with the paint job unless you plan to do a nice restoration. You can get repro decals for the bike; couple of people on eBay do a great job.

Go to the Classic and Vintage forum and ask them about your bike. It may help you decide what to do with it.

edit: Dang, you've got yourself something there. Imported into California during the 50's and 60's. Rare bike indeed. http://classicrendezvous.com/Austria/Capo.htm
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