Repco Appreciation Society

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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:58 pm

4130. not even close to repco's best offerings, and not to be compared to their earlier 531c and litage frames
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby yugyug » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:07 pm

Well I know nothing about the Guy Leech repcos but that reminds me of when I saw a picture of Greg Lemond riding a Huffy branded bike. He was sponsored by them for some time. That bike he was riding though was some super duper light weight Colombus tubed custom build.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:13 pm

Funnybikes has a huffy, which he has posted on here.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby master6 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:34 am

koshari wrote:how did they do the chrome masking? did they chrome the whole frame then mask it out for the painted sections? i didnt think you could do electroplating on parts of a frame?

You could ask a clever electrician :D

I have a Repco frame from 1958. Tips were chromed in about 1961. Only the areas that were to display chrome in the finished job were polished before electroplating.

Now to my electrical question ay koshari :?:
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby yugyug » Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:41 am

In a different application (jewellery) I've worked with electroplaters who use a paint varnish, like nail polish, to protect the areas which don't need plating. Then acetone to clean off the varnish.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby cray- » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:13 pm

yugyug wrote:Well I know nothing about the Guy Leech repcos but that reminds me of when I saw a picture of Greg Lemond riding a Huffy branded bike. He was sponsored by them for some time. That bike he was riding though was some super duper light weight Colombus tubed custom build.


I believe Koichi Yamaguchi had a hand in the US Team Huffy/Raleigh bikes of that era: http://www.yamaguchibike.com/content/Hi ... Experience

This thread is a great read, guy documents his time at the Yamaguchi frame building school. Lots of cool photos and info.

And checkout Post #10 for a department store Huffy TT bike: http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vinta ... -bike.html

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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby Malvernrats » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:44 pm

Hello . How much is too much to pay ? Or the fair going rate for an Olympic 14 . Good rideable original condition.
It's got that funky pink white green thing happening .
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby schuberj » Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:34 pm

Hmm, that is a question that could have many answers, and in the end it would be how much are you willing to pay for it? I would imagine one of these would have been around $500-$600 new if that is any help. Personally I don't think any of the Repco bikes with the exception of the Vertexes are really worth more than about $200 now, although I have paid more than that for particular bikes I have wanted. Then I have also got a 1989 Eurosport for free, so it is really up to want you want and what you find. It seems sometimes that the price is based more on a particular colour than the bike itself.

Bear in mind that those fluoro colours will fade (if they have not already) on any bike that you are using outside a lot :P
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby Mediocratus » Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:45 pm

Malvernrats wrote:Hello . How much is too much to pay ? Or the fair going rate for an Olympic 14 . Good rideable original condition.
It's got that funky pink white green thing happening .
Thanks

Remember that you will probably need to replace tyres and cables. Allow for them in your cost calculations.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:15 pm

Malvernrats, are you buying it or selling it?
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby Malvernrats » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:02 pm

Thinking about buying one . Not to sure about the build of the frame, origin, tubing and weight that sort of thing . I'm happy to let it go but if it's desirable and above midrange for its period them I'm in ...
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby HappyHumber » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:16 pm

the Oly 14 I have is certainly nothing special tubing wise. Heavy as and tig welded butt joins. I think I even I had to drill out the unicrown fork to put some half decent later recessed nut dual pivot brakes on it.

Main reason I held onto it because it's my size at 60cm and it built up into a good flat bar runabout to leave at my Mum's place.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:17 am

certainly not midrange, or above midrange, in the grand scheme of things.
i loved mine to bits, but i wouldn't swap any of my current bikes to have it back.
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Re: Repco Appreciation Society

Postby schuberj » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:19 am

HappyHumber wrote:the Oly 14 I have is certainly nothing special tubing wise. Heavy as and tig welded butt joins. I think I even I had to drill out the unicrown fork to put some half decent later recessed nut dual pivot brakes on it.


I have never had an Olympic 14, however I do have an Olympic 12 and 16. It is interesting that the seat post changed from 26.6 on the 12 to 26.2 on the 16. At some stage they have obviously moved to much cheaper, heavier tubing. I only discovered this last night when trying to swap over some parts!
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