You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

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Clydesdale Scot
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:45 pm

A second hand saddle is problematic; you do not know of its history. This can matter with a tensioned leather saddle.
Wiggle have some delivered for a reasonable price.
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Your chain appears to need a bit of tension.
Would be good to see the history of the bike more fully documented in a new thread.
I have restored my fathers bike from 1948. That probably puts me older than you, so no excuses about age.
You don't have the original saddle frame stored somewhere?
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby scott j » Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:42 pm

Yea don't want a new seat looking for something a bit rustic.
On the lookout for a "rustic" pump as well

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby Kronos » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:22 pm

I picked this one up for $50 from Gumtree yesterday. It's a Giant Kronos circa about 1997. It's chromoly steel. It's currently set up as a tourer. 27 speed, but I'm set on converting it with a new rear hub and groupset to something modern 9-11 speed or so, not sure exactly what yet, but its a work in progress. I'm building it up as a commuter/trainer.

There's a few things I love about this bike already. It has a really nice short top tube giving it a sleeker look. Being a 54 and being short also 178cm tall means I can ride it comfortably without having to be bent over. The fact that its old means I can get cheap hubs and cassettes that no one uses anymore. I may need to get a quill converter though to go from 26mm handlebars eventually if I want something nice though.

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby P!N20 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:55 am

^ Hello cross chain :wink:

Approved. There was a time I was in the market for a Giant Kronos, they look like a good all-round bike to me.

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby Aldavid » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:33 pm

Given a 92 Shogun frame. This is the end result with a 600 arabesque groupset and Japanese rims,hubs,bars and stem.
Posted in Shogun App Society, no avtivity there since 09.
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby Kronos » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:49 pm

P!N20 wrote:^ Hello cross chain :wink:

There was a time I was in the market for a Giant Kronos, they look like a good all-round bike to me.


I will be fixing that and getting rid of the brifters for a modern groupset, don't worry about that one. The price of hubs and carbon pieces for these old bikes is ridiculously cheap now because no one else wants them. I plan on sympathetically bringing it back up to modern standard while keeping its classic early 90s look. I'll get some nice steel bidonhoulders also so I can complete the look with contemporary bidons. Maybe some Once team bidons will suit.

I want to keep it looking as stock as possible, so maybe a carbon seat post and bars, but that's about as far as I would go with it really. The contemporary brifters are going, they're just a pain in the arse. You can sometimes fix them when they get gummed up with lots of WD40 but sometimes they just end up being seized. I have been given a modern groupset $free off a guy upgrading his mid-level bike.

I would only really need a hub, and to decide whether I want an 11 speed cassette. The 27speed is good in theory but its another thing that can break and be impossible to replace when it does. I want to upgrade to later Shimano gear I can fix/replace when something goes wrong. I will probably upgrade the brakes to something more modern also, the break setup on these early 90s design bikes can be a little funky to say the least.

The strap peddles will likely go for plain platforms at first and then maybe if I decide to actually use it as a trainer I'll fit clippless peddles but I really don't see much of a point for this bike. It's never going to be particularly fast. It needs new bar tape and tyres, probably new wheels eventually.

I may upgrade to mountain bike clipless eventually, but I want to take a few photos of it as a retro-modern racer first once its built up back to showroom standard.

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby P!N20 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:44 pm

^ You can pull those brifters apart to clean them properly - I've done it, and while it's a bit fiddly the result is usually far and away better than just soaking them or spraying WD-40 into them. There's a 'how to' guide around here somewhere. But if you want the luxury of modern components, then fine.

Personally I would keep the alloy seatpost, stem and bars - not sure what you really gain apart from a few grams. I think the CF stuff would look out of place. It's your bike though, so go nuts.

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby Kronos » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:39 pm

P!N20 wrote:^ You can pull those brifters apart to clean them properly - I've done it, and while it's a bit fiddly the result is usually far and away better than just soaking them or spraying WD-40 into them. There's a 'how to' guide around here somewhere. But if you want the luxury of modern components, then fine.

Personally I would keep the alloy seatpost, stem and bars - not sure what you really gain apart from a few grams. I think the CF stuff would look out of place. It's your bike though, so go nuts.


The plan is mostly to make it modern but sympathetic. The brifters are a bit gammy at the moment, we tried soaking them in WD40, they really need to be pulled apart and rebuilt like you said. But... I've been given a free modern groupset and if it means a bike that is easier to work on later then why not?

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