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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:15 pm 
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yeti-man wrote:
Retro Guru Specialized S Works Steel 1995 FTW


looking good.

Is there a before picture? or a build thread?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:45 pm 
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tvcreative wrote:
It's not that I don't like the ELGIN...I would like it more if I saw a coasterbrake and fenders on it - in a state of actual restoration to originality.

This really isn't a restoration, its more like a wanna be Charlie Kelly bike...with UBER modern parts.

IF this were an actual 1937 Excelsior - Charlie Kelly bike, that you restored, then I would give it more credence

It's done fantastically. I am happy for you, but it doesn't belong in this contest in my humble faulted opinion.

As far as handling, I have owned a couple of Elgins, with normal forks, they do handle well...the chopper-sized fork on there makes me wonder how it handles....

BTW, I can assure you that this bike will not out handle my 1981 Ritchey Everest in the hills - even with the low profile rubber i have on it...

http://www.oldmountainbikes.com/cgi-bin ... ike=1R0122

No worries. I get what you are saying. I have a 41 DX that is a reproduction of Gary Fishers repack bike right down to the Union drums. Alan Bonds actually helped me with that one. I also have 2 other Elgins, one of which was restored to original spec which was very difficult to complete. The Elgins have a lower bottom bracket than the Schwinns did and a steeper head angle so the fork which is only 100mm actually slackens it to an angle that is close to most modern 5 inch travel bikes like my Ellsworth so it is comfortable for me and with the wide bar you can really crank it hard coming out of turns. It handles in a way that is a personal preference for me, surely others would not like it but I grew up taking old Earth Cruisers and throwing gears on them and riding around in the woods so building this for me was kinda a return to that feeling of adventure. I owned a Ritchey Ultra and a Timber comp. Both great bikes and very fast but for me they always felt sketchy. This bike would certainly not beat them in a race or going up a hill but going down this thing is great.

I disagree though that there are no winners in this contest yet. There are at least 4 other bikes posted so far that I feel are worthy. Nice Ritchey by the way.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:08 pm 
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I'm so happy we aren't going to have to get the boxing gloves


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:47 pm 
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I'm going to put my C16r in for this as I just finished it.

May not be a restoration by some standards but what the hell! I enjoyed rebuilding it and putting my stamp on it.
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The Build thread is http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=226324


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:10 am 
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please no gloves, i should probably get smacked for talking smack....


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:21 am 
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loving the orange! i built a prestige bitd with a white frame and blue components......i thought this was it for a second.....jesus....i forgot about my orange 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:28 am 
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zetecmk2 wrote:
loving the orange! i built a prestige bitd with a white frame and blue components......i thought this was it for a second.....jesus....i forgot about my orange 8)


:D thanks, got any pics of you prestige?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:09 pm 
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matt24777 wrote:
zetecmk2 wrote:
loving the orange! i built a prestige bitd with a white frame and blue components......i thought this was it for a second.....jesus....i forgot about my orange 8)


:D thanks, got any pics of you prestige?

no...i forgot i even had it until i saw this pic.....i did like it though :D


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:39 pm 
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Yeah that Orange is pretty slick. Nice clean cable routing and the colors give it a bit of flair without being over the top. Not a popular brand here in the states so I don't think I have ever seen one.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:08 am 
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Hello people!

I never thought I'd try to put an entry in a BotM contest, but looking at this month's theme, I'd give it a try. I am actually not sure if it qualifies as an entry as the bike is not mine and the morph is a rather weird one. It's not the best bike for sure, but it has a good story. You be the judge of that, if you please.

This is about a 1993 Gitane that turned into a 1997 Wheeler. Yes, you read that right.

So more than a year ago I bought this Gitane made of Columbus Max OR with XTR M900. I asked here on the forum about it ( viewtopic.php?f=1&t=132010&start=0 ) and I was told a few things I didn't know. Cheers Retrobike! Long story short, I bought the bike for the M900 parts that were programmed for my Jet Stream (and still are) and I didn't plan anything with the frame. The seller told me a cheesy story on how that was supposed to be his personal bike and how he wouldn't actually sell it to any guy and I should keep the frame and not let it go to someone who's not "in the know" like I am. Okay... So I kept it around and thought what to do with it. The former owner tried to repaint it as the original, but unfortunately the job was subpar and the stickers quite crappy.

At some point I thought about my good friend Marc. We've been best buddies since 5th grade, back in high school we were "the unlucky duo" for various reasons, we played a lot of basketball and we used to ride together. Now he's kinda into road bikes as he has a rather sensitive back and I tried to lure him a few times to the dirt but didn't quite succeed. The deal is, it's one thing when you have your own bike and another when you have to borrow one. So I quickly thought about building a bike for him from whatever decent parts I always seem to have at home based on the Gitane frame. The guy said not to sell it, but a gift is different, right? So I set up a plan and I got a few other friends to contribute on this gift for the parts I didn't have and wanted to be brand new, like chain, cogset, cranks and others.

The summer flew like a swallow and I remembered in early winter about all this. Okay, let's get to work! Christmas and New Year were near, but I wanted this to be a gift for hat he means as a friend and not for some occasion. He also had some rough times in his personal life so I really hoped this kind of attention would get him smiling again. Unfortunately things didn't go as planned.

I learned quickly that what was hidden inside the frame behind that cheap short seatpost was ugly. The frame was cracked and welded on the inside and a sleeve was welded over the top part of the seat tube. I was furious and out of my mind but didn't want to let the project go. I went to the bikeshop and tried to file down the metal spike that was left from the weld on the inner seat tube and it was an awful and log job but the biggest surprise was about to come! While filing on the inside I felt that there was more. We worked on the inner and we got out shattered rests from an old carbon (!!!) seatpost and a 5 cm long rusty nail! Carbon dust and shrapnel! I called the guy immediately and told him he was a dick. He kept apologizing telling me that he didn't work on the bike, but a friend did and he had no clue. I didn't know what to do, but I knew I couldn't give my best friend from high school a bike based such a frame and I started searching the web for replacement that very night. Time was tight, though. I agreed to meet the seller (who's a now very knowledgeable hustler) the next day, to settle things and while listening to all his ridiculous stories again, he dug up the Wheeler frame from his shed. I agreed to accept it as a replacement for the other one and got to work on it immediately. Finding a proper seatpost was not easy, but I pulled it off with a new ProMax. It got a new Acor headset, recycled Ritchey bar and stem from a Cube, new Pro grips, a Selle Italia saddle with matching yellow accents, Bontrager Camino wheels with Shimano Parallax hubs off a Trek, Kenda Nevegal replica tires, new tubes, new Shimano Alivio cranks with new BB, new chain, new cogset, new cables and housings, new Alivio front and rear derailleur and very good condition Alivio STI units. Bonus: A full Rito blue anodized QR and waterbottle cage kit, minus the bar-ends. Oh, the fork! 1999 RockShox Jett with elastomers that was freshly serviced. I also added a pair of new Smith Diablos in matching silver to all this, as I knew he had no riding glasses for when he was in our hometown.

The next challenge was getting the bike to him and I plotted with his mother on the right moment. I got it to him on the 30th of December while he rested after a night partying together and wrote him a letter in which I told him the full story. He was very moved by the gift, he took it for a spin immediately and he put some pics on FB of it. Bullseye!

Here is the original Gitane, as I bought it:

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Here is the bike, as it was given to my good friend:

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His own words on FB upon receiving this: "One hell of a gift to stumble upon. If this doesn't bring a crappy 2012 to a good vibe end, I don't what does. Million thanks Maximilian Munteanu and co-Santas Bogdan Taut and Cristina Neagu!"

Unfortunately, on New Year's night the building hosting his parent's lifetime business (a ski rental in our local resort) burned down and they couldn't save nothing from the inside, so the joy of the bike erased pretty quickly. I hope all this bad luck streak that him came to an end. At least, if he wants to ride this season, he'll have the bike.

I sincerely apologize for this long story, but I just wanted to point out once again, if needed, that bikes are some of the best gifts in the world. Maybe this qualifies for BotM...

Have a good one!
Mx


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