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 Post subject: My Old Shorter?? Tidy Up
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:08 pm 
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I have just completed a cheap tidy up of an old bike given to me by a friend of mine. Apparently it is a Shorter made frameset but even after supplying the shop with the serial number stamped on the bottom nobody can definitely confirm this.

Originally I was going to change it into a fixed but I had a re-think and decided to tidy it up on as small a budget as I could. Unfortunately the hubs and wheels were beyond repair at a low cost, also the stem, saddle, seatpost (had to cut it out) and brake calipers.

Another friend of mine had had some old Shimano BMX pedals powder coated in a candy apple / anodised looking red which at £70 for my frame and forks seemed like a bargain compared with the more expensive enamellers out there.

Hopefully you guys will like the before and after photos below, like I said earlier it is a tidy up, not a restoration or even a refurbishment just a bit of spit and polish.


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p.s. Just noticed the chain seems to be a couple of links short, whoops.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:30 pm 
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For a tidy up that looks really very nice, love the colour.


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 Post subject: Thats lovely
PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:34 pm 
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Thats some spit and polish :shock:
It looks great and that paint looks brilliant!
I hope it rides as well as it looks as that would make it very close to perfect.
You can always come to mine and do some tidying anytime :wink:
Thanks for sharing
Jamie


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Wow! Thats powder coat??? Looks superb. Whats the name of the powder coaters?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:58 pm 
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really stunning job! 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:18 pm 
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Tel wrote:
Wow! Thats powder coat??? Looks superb. Whats the name of the powder coaters?


Not sure of the powder coater, as far as I know it is a small shop near Lotus Cars up Norwich way. My mate was working there and took the frame up and got it done for me.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:57 pm 
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starockets wrote:

Another friend of mine had had some old Shimano BMX pedals powder coated in a candy apple / anodised looking red which at £70 for my frame and forks seemed like a bargain compared with the more expensive enamellers out there.



They've done a cracking job; powdercoating may be frowned upon by some, but the frame looks superb !.

starockets wrote:

Hopefully you guys will like the before and after photos below, like I said earlier it is a tidy up, not a restoration or even a refurbishment just a bit of spit and polish.



How did you get the cranks & chainrings so sparklingly clean ?

The bike is a credit to you; of course n + 1 applies - I look forward to seeing your next effort. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:07 pm 
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It's no good I gotta say it.....your brake levers are mounted too high! General rule of thumb is the tip of the brake lever lines up with the horizontal line of the bar.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:13 pm 
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lastpubrunner wrote:
They've done a cracking job; powdercoating may be frowned upon by some, but the frame looks superb !.


I think powder coating is great. for that cost I can get it coated a different colour in a couple of years and it won't dent my pocket too much. I have to admit that the coating I have on this bike is very fragile, it seems to be a base white with a chrome coat followed by a red laquer. Once the red starts going it peels off so easy.

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How did you get the cranks & chainrings so sparklingly clean ?


The cranks, headset, front mech & stem were all rubbed down using 5 different grades of paper (600 to 2000 grit) and polished up on a buffer wheel with Autosol.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:19 pm 
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Tel wrote:
It's no good I gotta say it.....your brake levers are mounted too high! General rule of thumb is the tip of the brake lever lines up with the horizontal line of the bar.


I know I know :oops: I have a problem getting over on these as they so I had to compromise a bit, it wouldn't get ridden to the pub otherwise.


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