Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

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Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:44 pm

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 :D "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)
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First mission was to move some herbs before disassembly..
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Give it a quick scrub, get rid of the spiders and clean up the wheels
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Start stripping down the frame, making sure she remembers how it goes back together..
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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.
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Showed her the old brown vinegar trick..
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Overnight progress
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Don't even have to get my own fingers dirty now!
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Rear rack was very grubby but started to come up with a lot of Jif and a scourer
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Just waiting for a few parts to come in and we can start putting things together 8)

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby Stuey » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:12 pm

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.
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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby Mustang » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:18 pm

Great find! so many good vintage "ladies" bikes out there.
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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby maccayak » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:53 pm

You could look at buying a new bootom bracket (sealed) and new headstem cup bearing kit. So easy not fiddling with little bearings and grease. Very cheap also.

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:25 pm

Stuey wrote: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 :oops:

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.

maccayak wrote:You could look at buying a new bootom bracket (sealed) and new headstem cup bearing kit. So easy not fiddling with little bearings and grease. Very cheap also.

Geoff


Thinking this could be an option, just have to get her to pull the old parts off and measure them up.

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:53 pm

A little bit more progress this weekend..

Rear rack cleaned up real nice except for the flaked chrome at the base
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Rebuilding the pedals, they were a bit crunchy but nice and smooth now
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Also had a stuck stem wedge that needed a bit of encouragement to come out, nice and rusted in..

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:57 pm

Bit more progress tonight, lots of parts collected and polished..

Michelin World Tour - 27 x 1 1/4
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Now, how does this pile go back together..
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More clean bits
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SKS Chromoplastics - P45 in white
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Very important when doing bike stuff.. 500mL bottle of Schofferhofer for tonight
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A lot of time fiddling with the RD, still a bit tight on the pivot screw..
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Messing with the kickstand
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Guards fitted
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Looking much more like a bike now!
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Just got the handlebars ordered and then we can fit the cables, the saddle and get this baby on the road!

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Wed May 02, 2012 10:56 pm

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.

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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.

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Final things to go on are a front basket and possibly a rear carry rack. And some nicer photos!

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:48 pm

Went out and did a quick photoshoot down around Docklands.

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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby brasstinman » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:55 pm

Nice build Brendan, I love Mixtee bicycles.

Most importantly does your sister love riding it?
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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:58 pm

Nice work, that looks really good :) .
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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby frog » Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:26 pm

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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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby brasstinman » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:53 am

Your Vogue frame is very nice, shame it's too small for me, I already have a mixte in that size. Would love one in a 55+ frame. All the mixte ATM are in VIC &'QLD
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Re: Malvern Star Vogue mixte build

Postby DJIntegr8 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:33 am

Yeah, she loves riding it! Was a good fun build too.

Hard to find bigger mixtes in Australia? Seems they are a "girls" bike here so only smaller sizes but more "unisex" in Europe.

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