Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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My sis has been looking for a bike for commuting, and something she can fix up and build herself - with a little help from me. Found this very nice Malvern Star Vogue on eBay - snapped it up quick, as I'd seen a thread on one here previously and it came up great. Everything was original, looked practically un-used and I rode it back to the car "Made in Japan" Tange 900 Cro-Mo tubing, 6 speed Shimano with stem shifters, chromed rims and a rear rack. Original tyres were a bit perished but still held air, shifters were a bit stiff and the handlebars were very rusty through the chrome.
Looked like a great starter project though, our plan is:
- Polish up frame, maybe protect some of the rust.
- Replace gear and brake cables, white outers
- Clean up FD and RD, shifters, freewheel, new chain
- Replace tyres (Michelin World Tour) and tubes, brake pads.. Maybe move to a set of alloy 700c rims later down the track
- Clean up rear rack, add front basket
- Add proper mudflaps (VO fluted is on the wishlist)
- Replace handlebars (VO Porteur + cork grips)
- Clean up headset and pedals, regrease
- White saddle also on the wishlist
On our way back from pickup (paint matches my car)
First mission was to move some herbs before disassembly..
Give it a quick scrub, get rid of the spiders and clean up the wheels
Start stripping down the frame, making sure she remembers how it goes back together..
Frame stripped, started polishing the cranks.. Wasn't going to pull them off at this stage, but I think the BB needs to be overhauled.
Showed her the old brown vinegar trick..
Don't even have to get my own fingers dirty now!
Rear rack was very grubby but started to come up with a lot of Jif and a scourer
Just waiting for a few parts to come in and we can start putting things together
Hey Brendan, what a great bro! Mixte's are the perfect womans comfort bike I reckon. I quite fancy a Soma Buena Vista mixte myself....
Why don't you keep the 27" sized wheels? Replacements aren't too hard to come by now, and tyres are becoming more common. It'll save you doing any brake mods and they suit the bike.
Must admit I had looked at the Buena Vista as well with N+1 eyes
The wheels are probably a way off but I've got a spare F/R alloy rim and hub set when I upgraded my commuter - just need to be laced up.. I think there was enough room to drop the pads but don't recall.
Thinking this could be an option, just have to get her to pull the old parts off and measure them up.
A little bit more progress this weekend..
Rear rack cleaned up real nice except for the flaked chrome at the base
Rebuilding the pedals, they were a bit crunchy but nice and smooth now
Also had a stuck stem wedge that needed a bit of encouragement to come out, nice and rusted in..
Bit more progress tonight, lots of parts collected and polished..
Michelin World Tour - 27 x 1 1/4
Now, how does this pile go back together..
More clean bits
SKS Chromoplastics - P45 in white
Very important when doing bike stuff.. 500mL bottle of Schofferhofer for tonight
A lot of time fiddling with the RD, still a bit tight on the pivot screw..
Messing with the kickstand
Looking much more like a bike now!
Just got the handlebars ordered and then we can fit the cables, the saddle and get this baby on the road!
Long time between drinks! Had the VO Porteur handlebars ordered but they ended up being 23.8mm instead of 22.2mm. So another long wait for them to come in from VO. Now installed, with VO cork grips and the original brake and gear levers. You might notice whitewalls in this pic instead of tan. Sis wants the white/red theme, whereas I prefer the original Michelins with the honey Brooks and cork grips.
And the bike in all it's glory (with tan sidewalls). Brooks B17S saddle, and changed the rear deraileur to a nicer working Suntour AR.
Final things to go on are a front basket and possibly a rear carry rack. And some nicer photos!
Very nice! All these mixtes are making me regret putting my vogue frame on eBay! No bids yet so maybe I'll keep it.
Love how the saddle matches the grips and basket.
You've definitely given it a new lease on life.
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