1969 roadstar conversion

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1969 roadstar conversion

Postby ashleydburgess » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:38 pm


I have finished building/converting a rusty old frame I found on the side of the road that someone wanted $45 for. I think that I have narrowed it down to being a malvern star 1969/70 roadstar 1 star. Thought I might share some pictures of the rebuild and final product for people to comment on.

I have converted it to fixed gear and pretty much changed everything but the frame but am really happy with how it rides.
Opinions and criticism welcome.

Original purchase


After sanding it back and using paint stripper

Ding in the top tube fixed with some bog

Primer filler coat

More primer filler

Now in need of top coat, decals, clear coat and some new forks (the old ones were bent beyond repair and the thread was burred

Decals arrived from cyclomondo on eBay

Black acrylic done


Decals and clearcoat


Seat tube decal (now forever off centre grrrr)

Awaiting the group set to arrive from velomine - loving the suede San Marco saddle !

More waiting on the group set (and wheels being built by velomine in the USA)

Finally built up!!! (minus rear tyre and chain!

I have been riding it heaps now and am really getting used to riding fixed. Am thinking that I should put some riser bars on it because the track drops I have on it aren't really comfortable or practical for commuting on. But I really wanted to build the vision I had had in my head for ages now.

Love some feedback on what I should change. The group set and seatpost are miche primato track, miche primato high flange hubs built onto velocity b43 hubs thanks to velomine.
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Re: 1969 roadstar conversion

Postby RichoVonBlack77 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:52 pm

The black and gold theme works for me!( but more "conservative " folks might disagree), ride her with pride mon,
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Re: 1969 roadstar conversion

Postby hartleymartin » Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:23 pm

That tab under the down-tube is for a chainguard. I would have gone for more of a vintage look, but hey it's your ride and if you like then that's what counts.
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Re: 1969 roadstar conversion

Postby maccayak » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:43 pm

Maybe an old Skidstar? Anyway another saved old bike so thats gotta be good. A lot of work went into that by the looks of it.

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Re: 1969 roadstar conversion

Postby ghostpoet » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:27 am

Black and Gold looks great. Sweet build
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Re: 1969 roadstar conversion

Postby devilishdesigner » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:53 am

wonderfully sinister looking colour combo :D
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