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Old 12-17-05, 07:50 PM
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New '83 Specialized Expedition restoration pics

This past fall I was very fortunate to find what looked like a very nice vintage 1983 Specialized Expedition frame and fork on Ebay. I wasn't even looking for another touring frame—my '80s Zebrakenko Touring with Ishiwata 022 tubing and all is a wonderful touring machine. But, the lure of the Expedition was drawing me. I asked a couple of questions of the seller. I was now sucked in. I placed my bid. And as is typical on Ebay, the bidding got rather hot and heavy near the end, so I placed a ridiculously high final bid in order to secure my prize—and I won! Final price: $190.25. The frame was being sold by a cycling and touring enthusiast from New Hampshire. Anyway, it was now going to have a new owner and a new, restored life.

My winter project didn't take me thru the entire winter, (actually, winter has't officially begun!) Anyway, here are some pics of the restored '83 Expedition. I thought I'd share it with the BF. What do you think?

https://www.daystarbotanicals.com/bic...index_exp.html

Thanks for looking,
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Old 12-17-05, 08:03 PM
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Sweet!
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Old 12-17-05, 09:59 PM
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Did you say you would take $200 for it? that's $10 more than you paid for it right?

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That is a seriously nice restoration job, Ted. And the bike looks as capable, if not more so, than a new one. Good work!
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exelent work, very tasteful and elegant..

in the old days i luster and dream about that bike many nights, today you remind me why....

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Excellent! A Brooks B-17 would be the final step to perfection.
Merry Christmas......
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very nice job you did!
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beautiful bike.nothing beats the look of a vintage tourer.
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Originally Posted by Thrifty1
Excellent! A Brooks B-17 would be the final step to perfection.
Merry Christmas......
Thanks, Thrifty1. I seriously considered a B-17 in honey, with matching handlebar cork, but that's kinda what's expected. So I decided to break with the purely traditional look just a bit and go with a saddle that I already love along with the marbled bar cork. I may change it later. What's nice is these are things that can easily be changed on a whim if my mood changes. Meanwhile, I'm planning a big summer tour here in the States and next winter in SE Asia, to include the Philippines. Can't wait.

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Originally Posted by timhines
Did you say you would take $200 for it? that's $10 more than you paid for it right?

:-)
That would be the kind of deal we all dream of while browsing ebay!

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Beautiful job on that restoration! Wish I get a chance to grab a frame like that....
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Beautiful.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Beautiful job on that restoration! Wish I get a chance to grab a frame like that....
Thanks. Yeah, these vintage frames in decent condition are a rare find, so I had to grab it. The rebuild was fun. Some of the parts I already had from previous projects, others are new, and still others were more ebay finds. Now that this project is finished it means my old touring bike (a minty '80s Zebrakenko Touring) will most likely be going on ebay in search of a new home. Meanwhile, I can't wait for the opportunity for some weekend shakedown trips.

Ready to ride,
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Wow. Classic bike.
I like the Phil hubs.
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Awesome. Well Done!
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BEAUTIFUL! Love doing restore jobs. :-)
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sweet, sweet candy. I want one!
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Beautiful bike! The Specialized Expedition, Trek 620 & 720, and the Miyata 610 & 1000 touring bikes of that mid-80s era are the bikes I lust over! Great restoration!
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You did a fantastic job on the Expedition, I have a 1984 that I baby, and it looks pretty good. I'll post a couple of pictures tomorrow, I bought it new, and have put thousands of miles on it.
Here is what you need to make the job complete:

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Originally Posted by Shifty
You did a fantastic job on the Expedition, I have a 1984 that I baby, and it looks pretty good. I'll post a couple of pictures tomorrow, I bought it new, and have put thousands of miles on it.
Here is what you need to make the job complete:

Wow! I didn't know they made Expedition bottles! I can't wait to see the pics of your baby.

Thanks,
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Wow! I didn't know they made Expedition bottles! I can't wait to see the pics of your baby.

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These came with the bike when I bought it, I'm not sure if they were available in stores, I have three. You did such a nice job Ted, great to see it, they are nice bikes.
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1984 Expedition, completely original, Sun Tour Montech deraileurs, half step gearing.





I bought this bike here, I like the loaded tourer on the logo
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Originally Posted by Shifty
1984 Expedition, completely original, Sun Tour Montech deraileurs, half step gearing...
Shifty, your Expedition looks amazing! She's led a pampered life, I can tell. You've taken great care of her. I'm sure you've been on some great tours on the bike. Thanks for the pics.

BTW, I plan to be riding thru Eugene on tour sometime in late July. The plan is to do a big western states loop starting in San Fran going east to near Denver, from Colorado up to Missoula, MT and Glacier NP, from Montana west to Eugene and Oregon coast, then south down the coast back to SF. The plan is to start mid-May. It should be a great trip on my new Expedition.

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Someone made a very good point that I'm amazed that I haven't thought about before. He pointed out that the type of fluted seatpost that I've used on the Expedition rebuild actually guides the rain down into the seat tube, therefore, increasing the chances of rust forming. Although that retro Sugino seatpost looks pretty good I will definitely change it before I start touring in May.

Ready to ride (after I change the seatpost),

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Originally Posted by tphelps
Someone ...pointed out that the type of fluted seatpost that I've used on the Expedition rebuild actually guides the rain down into the seat tube...

For touring, I prefer a leather saddle (aka Brooks) and enjoy a 2-bolt seatpost, because it is easy to angle it a tiny little bit at a time. However, if your position is comfortable, don't change the seatpost, but fill the flutes with heavy grease. That way, you will effectively seal the passage.
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