My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

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My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby m_wave » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:45 pm

Hey All

I've been putting together a step through for my girlfriend's birthday over the last couple of months. She is a bit tentative about riding, but we had a great time in Amsterdam getting drunk and riding around last year so I thought why not use that as some inspiration for her present.

Frame was a dump found Repco of 70s-80s era which I stripped and had powdercoated in "Primrose".

I've polished and restored many of the original bits and laced a coaster brake to the original rear wheel.

Seat: Avon (vegan leather) - actually brown but the photos don't really show this as I played with the levels a bit too much!
Tyres: White (eBay)
Basket: Cane Corner in Adelaide

See below for the results, unfortunately I didn't take any before photos for fear she might see them and ruin the surprise, but suffice to say the bike was a mess before I started so I'm very pleased with how it turned out and she loves it! :P

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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby Dazweeja » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:36 pm

Very nice, very nice indeed. One question though, did you think about removing the braze ons?
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby m_wave » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:39 pm

I've polished all the components to convert this back to a geared bike with a cassette hub etc, so I've keep all the cable guides
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby jaseyjase » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:56 pm

nice work, lovin the colour.
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby brauluver » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:07 pm

m_wave wrote:I've polished all the components to convert this back to a geared bike with a cassette hub etc, so I've keep all the cable guides


Just in case you break up with the GF and wanna get your money back on Ebay? :lol:

Just kiddin.Nice build mate!
Looks very classy with the colour coded guards too.Were they p/c with the frame or painted afterwards?
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby il padrone » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:22 pm

m_wave wrote:I've polished all the components to convert this back to a geared bike with a cassette hub etc, so I've keep all the cable guides

Nice reno on a stylish bike for a lady.

Just check the rear fork spacing. If it's an old 3-speed from the 70s-80s it's likely the rear fork is 120mm and you will not find any cassette hubs that fit this. Most will be 126 or 130mm. If you really want to fit that cassette you'll need to get the rear stays spread (best done by your LBS).
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby m_wave » Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:40 pm

It was originally a cassette.. but to be honest I would trust my own work over most bike shops to widen the stays.

Not exactly rocket science!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby Kingfisher » Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:00 pm

Ahh, I remember those days before getting married where I would put in extra effort to show my love for my girlfriend. Now that I'm married I would have given her the bike in the condition that I found it in the hard rubbish pile. :lol: Very nice rebuild
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby 18htan » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:53 pm

That looks fantastic!

I just picked one of these up for my missus a couple of weeks ago.

Currently sitting in my brothers shed while a clear a few other projects out!

Good inspiration, thanks!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby thekrunkymonkey » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:56 pm

i've lived in amsterdam and this bike does not qualify as dutch. its not BLACK and rusty nor does it have a plastic bag as a seat cover. im sorry to say, in this condition it would be stolen in less time than it takes to read this post. contact me next time you want to build a genuine fiets and i will help destroy your handiwork.
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby PomFresh » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:53 am

That looks really nice. I want to build something similar for my gf, but think it would be more for me than her.

Did you get the powdercoat done in Adelaide? Looks good.
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby Endo » Wed Jul 21, 2010 5:15 pm

That's beautiful. A real credit to your handiwork and vision!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby hewey » Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:40 pm

Beautiful bike, nice work 8)
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby emilmh » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:55 pm

beautiful bike!

My girlfriend is build an old peageuot, which means me doing work and and her standing there.
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby toolonglegs » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:32 pm

So...the SA Golf Club just leaves beer bottles lying round on their front steps...classy :twisted: .
Nice rebuild,the old girls round here woud love that one :D .
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby m_wave » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:35 pm

Hey All

Thanks muchly for the positive comments, girlfriend is loving the bike now the weather is getting nicer, though she's requested some more top speed so I may switch out the rear wheel for a 3-Speed coaster brake sturmey archer I have lying around.

Powdercoated in Adelaide: Central Powdercoaters do a great job for decent money
Bottle was mine, I stashed it while I was taking some shots!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby elStado » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:20 pm

Good work. I want to eventually do the same thing for my GF too. Same sort of deal we had a good time riding around in Germany and Holland on old single speed rust buckets and she thought it was great. Not quite the same cycle friendly environment here though, but I am sure she would like it. Just have to get my tools organised to start on my own project bike first!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby Thumper748 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:58 pm

There are a lot of lucky girlfriends out there...here's one I just finished last week. Took me a year to complete!
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Re: My Girlfriends Amsterdam Style Step Through SS

Postby elStado » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:17 am

Seat looks a bit weird? Too far forward maybe?

Also, did the chain guard come with the bike, or where did you get it?
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