Before and After Pics by all restorers

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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby hitchhiker » Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:14 pm

aaron wrote:Whole story here
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=18866&hilit=cecil+walker


Nice work there, it looks good


I had a look at that thread, it almost makes me glad I only found a low end Raleigh on the kerb...
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby munga » Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:35 pm

aaron wrote:Before
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Whole story here
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=18866&hilit=cecil+walker


bewdy, mate!
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby sandberry » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:08 pm

aaron wrote:Before
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Whole story here
viewtopic.php?f=23&t=18866&hilit=cecil+walker


I've just been reading a bit of the story from the link you posted; man, you copped some flak!
Regardless, that's a nice turnout, I particularly like that shade of green.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:11 pm

sandberry wrote:I've just been reading a bit of the story from the link you posted; man, you copped some flak!
Regardless, that's a nice turnout, I particularly like that shade of green.
I find it odd he felt the need to strip all the paint off of the shed as well... :\
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby mark field » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:23 pm

yeah, and i just noticed- your shed door is on upside down, and that lock on the door is not period perfect. :lol: :lol: :lol: im kidding of course, i went through your build post and yes you sure did cop it, and look at the end result, well done. but between you and me, i quite liked the fixie version too :wink:
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:57 pm

mark field wrote: and look at the end result, well done. but between you and me, i quite liked the fixie version too :wink:


+1, i like it a lot more now, but it was alright before too. Either way, good work. And most importantly, is it nice to ride?
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby Stuey » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:26 pm

Really nice bike Aaron. Good to see one go the other way (fixie to 'normal').
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby aaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:47 am

Yeah it's good to ride now.

It's a little on the small side and I've bent the seat post due to it being too high maybe? I need a new one.

I normally ride fixed so riding with friction gears is hard for me. I get nervous when I'm out of the saddle that they'll slip and I'll fall.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby aaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:59 am

HitchHiker you did an awesome job.
I love the mudguards.
Beautiful stuff.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby aaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:47 am

Here are some more pics that show the rebuild a little.
I should have been more organised.
I'll link some of the threads for you if you're interested.

These pics show the frame after it had been dipped in a hot alkaline bath to remove the powder coating without damaging the frame.

The frame has a chemical on it to stop rusting while I got the hanger etc brazed back on. Joe Cosgrove did all this for me.
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This is the Galli group set I got for $200
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Before 4-5 hours of sanding

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After 4-5 hours of sanding

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and the colour it'll be sprayed after a few more hour hours at 800grit

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the home made booth

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In the booth

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Wire brush cleaning after 8 hours of sanding

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After 5-6 coats of grey primer being sanded by 800 grit wet n dry

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Still grey primer although it looks blue(?)

After 6 coats of primer, then a guide coat and then three more primer coats

We wet and dry sanded to this

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and on goes the green

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I put on a few of the important bits after I let the paint and clear coat 'cure' for a week or so. I've made a few tiny chips (only in the clear coat) and at first I was guttered but then I realised it just a bike and it'll happen all the time when it's back on the road anyway.
I'm still building the wheels and side to side buckles are a piece of piss to remove, it's the up and down ones that I detest....
I'm looking for some Galli crank caps/bolts (anyone know where I might source something) but until them my neighbour gave me some Campag ones. They look nice and he's a great guy.
Here's a few pics
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby familyguy » Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:45 am

aaron wrote:stuff


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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby vaeske » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:12 pm

what a great job! hats off to you maun!
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby Velo13 » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:47 pm

aaron wrote:Joe Cosgrove did all this for me.


He's the man. Nice work by both of you.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby aaron » Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:51 pm

Joe did the brazing, I did everything else.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby WyvernRH » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:43 pm

aaron wrote:Joe did the brazing, I did everything else.


And you should be VERY pleased! That's a great renovation - soooo nice! :D
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby mark field » Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:51 pm

i think i just soiled myself :shock: :shock: awesome is all that can be said from me. ride with pride.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby hitchhiker » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:05 pm

aaron wrote:HitchHiker you did an awesome job.
I love the mudguards.
Beautiful stuff.


You're being far too kind.
All I did was bolt on a few different parts

Your bike is a true work of art. Well done on a superb job
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby Grog » Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:00 pm

lunar_c wrote:I'd better get in on this! I first started building bikes last year after my fiance expressed an interest in having a nice retro road bike.

We found this old Seiko step through frame on the side of the road during a vergeside collection :

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Along the way I learnt a lot by asking questions and making mistakes before finally ending up with a decent bike in the end :

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That looks terrific. I think the colour scheme really suits the design. Congrats! Bet your fiance is chuffed. - Greg
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby stnfldr » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:20 am

I bought this Avanti tri-sprint for $2 on e-bay.
its 90% complete, I have some white shimano brake levers, and of course the chain etc, but I guess I'm just excited to have found such a cool bike.

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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby mark field » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:37 am

$2 well spent. it cleaned up well, any future plans with it ?
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby stnfldr » Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:43 am

I plan to sell this one.

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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby koen » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:09 am

Started with this faked Bianchi which I actually worked up from a brown unattractive Van Werkoven frame. It was just sittiing around and my daughters boyfriend wanted a bike so I stripped it and am gathering some new gear for it along with some oldish shimano wheels instead of the campag wheels with GP4 tubs.

complete view
On the way

VW frame1
Still waiting for tyres and Ergos.

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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby koen » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:16 am

Okay here is the Van Werkoven again... still trying to work out the link from Flikr
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To save money I am using 10speed veloce ergo levers with some old shimano mechs and and 8 speed cassette and chain I had already.
Should be a nice bike.
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby lunar_c » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:15 pm

Grog wrote:
lunar_c wrote:I'd better get in on this! I first started building bikes last year after my fiance expressed an interest in having a nice retro road bike.

We found this old Seiko step through frame on the side of the road during a vergeside collection :

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Along the way I learnt a lot by asking questions and making mistakes before finally ending up with a decent bike in the end :

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That looks terrific. I think the colour scheme really suits the design. Congrats! Bet your fiance is chuffed. - Greg


Thanks a lot mate!

She's right into it now .. we're going to build her a faster bike soon and she's asked for a Brooks saddle! Proud as punch I am :)
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Re: Before and After Pics by all restorers

Postby jbchybridrider » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:41 pm

Well I'm so excited that I actually got this right I just had to post it.
I bought this frame about a year ago. All I know is its columbus SL with a cinelli BB and was brazed by an aussie custom builder around the early 80's ? I like it because the person it was built for must have the same dimensions as me.

As I got it.
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Stripped.
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And finished though I need a headset with a lower stack height and if I really like riding it could buy a new campy groupset.
Still putting it together.
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