Ill keep the top of this thread updated with the current before and after pic.
10/12/12 vs 29/5/13
I don't want to edit any of the original thread below, other than to say I started out with the intention of picking up a cheap road bike to build into a winter hack - something I could pile the miles on and not really pay much attention to! However...I might have caught the retro bike bug! Looking through this section of the forum inspired me to pay the bike a bit of attention, and although I would have liked to have spent more time on it, I've given it a new lease of life. The bike rides really well. It's too nice to be a winter hack, so while it will get limited winter use, it will be VERY well looked after,and will get lots of fair weather miles in the summer too.
It arrived! Woohoo!
Ok, let's kick off the build with what I am hoping to achieve with this bike:
I'm not planning to do a "restoration" aimed at returning the bike to its original state. What I want is for as little money as possible, to build myself a winter road bike that I can put the miles on, using some spare parts that I already have. FYI the bike cost me £26 and was a complete bike minus the wheels.
In terms of colour scheme, I'm planning to respray the frame either white, or black. I will be adding a white seat, pedals and bar tape, so a black frame may offset those items nicely. The wheels that are pictured will be staying, however the red Blizzard Sports will be replaced for black. So, I'm aiming for a nice understated, simple build. Apologies in advance to those of you who are in to proper restos! This will not be one.
Initial impressions are that it's much lighter than I was expecting. The overall condition seems good. The bike has been the recipient of a naff respray and lots of the paint is chipped or flaking. It has revealed a yellow paint where some of this flaking has occurred. The original colour perhaps?
Take a look through the pictures and let me know what you think. Is the componentry original? And this is 100% a dyna tech isn't it? The previous owner decided to put a Schwinn logo on the front!
Came with a cycle computer on it. And some free cobwebs. Nice!
Is that a repair job on the chain stay near the drop out??
Clearance is tight enough!
Seat post is seized