A gentleman's bike

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Post by JimVH » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:27 pm

I hate threads like this. Now I want to build a coastie and I have no use for one.
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:32 pm

JimVH wrote:I hate threads like this. Now I want to build a coastie and I have no use for one.
If it's any consolation you can find a vintage coaster brake for $15 or so and find an old bike frame for $10 or so like I did. Or you might find it for less. A lot of cities have "bike kitchens" with free frames and parts for people who want to invest some time.

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Post by JimVH » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:57 pm

LushMojo wrote:
JimVH wrote:I hate threads like this. Now I want to build a coastie and I have no use for one.
If it's any consolation you can find a vintage coaster brake for $15 or so and find an old bike frame for $10 or so like I did. Or you might find it for less. A lot of cities have "bike kitchens" with free frames and parts for people who want to invest some time.
Sounds like a cool grandson project. Thanks.
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:21 pm

JimVH wrote:
LushMojo wrote:
JimVH wrote:I hate threads like this. Now I want to build a coastie and I have no use for one.
If it's any consolation you can find a vintage coaster brake for $15 or so and find an old bike frame for $10 or so like I did. Or you might find it for less. A lot of cities have "bike kitchens" with free frames and parts for people who want to invest some time.
Sounds like a cool grandson project. Thanks.
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Post by coco » Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:43 pm

Do you plan on doing a custom paint job or will you leave it original?

This guy does good work, but he charges accordingly.
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:03 pm

coco wrote:Do you plan on doing a custom paint job or will you leave it original?

This guy does good work, but he charges accordingly.
Joe Bell did the custom paint on my Rivendell. I seriously thought about redoing the paint, but I'm going to keep it original. The "bronze green" has highlights that are truly beautiful in person. I just don't think I'd be able to achieve it even with the best painter's talents. It's got a number of dinks and scratches, but the color and the patina are worth keeping.

However, I wouldn't be averse to getting another identical frame in poor condition and getting it repainted. I'm just too attached to this one to change it.

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Post by coco » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:07 pm

LushMojo wrote:
coco wrote:Do you plan on doing a custom paint job or will you leave it original?

This guy does good work, but he charges accordingly.
Joe Bell did the custom paint on my Rivendell. I seriously thought about redoing the paint, but I'm going to keep it original. The "bronze green" has highlights that are truly beautiful in person. I just don't think I'd be able to achieve it even with the best painter's talents. It's got a number of dinks and scratches, but the color and the patina are worth keeping.

However, I wouldn't be averse to getting another identical frame in poor condition and getting it repainted. I'm just too attached to this one to change it.
I completely understand
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Post by ArtGuy » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:40 pm

LushMojo wrote:
coco wrote:Do you plan on doing a custom paint job or will you leave it original?

This guy does good work, but he charges accordingly.
Joe Bell did the custom paint on my Rivendell. I seriously thought about redoing the paint, but I'm going to keep it original. The "bronze green" has highlights that are truly beautiful in person. I just don't think I'd be able to achieve it even with the best painter's talents. It's got a number of dinks and scratches, but the color and the patina are worth keeping.

However, I wouldn't be averse to getting another identical frame in poor condition and getting it repainted. I'm just too attached to this one to change it.

Keep it the way it is, it looks fine. I kept my International the same for the same reasons.
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:25 am

Took some pics around the neighborhood this morning on my "clear my head" ride.

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Post by coco » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:38 am

:D :D :D
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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by coco » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:54 am

This guy does some amazing custom saddles

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Post by GaryInVA » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:48 am

coco wrote:This guy does some amazing custom saddles

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His braided leather bar wraps are really cool.
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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by coco » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:04 am

GaryInVA wrote:
coco wrote:This guy does some amazing custom saddles

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His braided leather bar wraps are really cool.
They are impressive. He doesn't do those personally. He has them woven with 12 strands in Italy. To my knowledge, he is the only one who sells such. Everyone else does leather tape or a leather wrap that is baseball stitched like on a steering wheel. I've will probably do the latter on my old Cannondale.
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Post by UncleBob » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:02 pm

coco wrote:
GaryInVA wrote:
coco wrote:This guy does some amazing custom saddles

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His braided leather bar wraps are really cool.
They are impressive. He doesn't do those personally. He has them woven with 12 strands in Italy. To my knowledge, he is the only one who sells such. Everyone else does leather tape or a leather wrap that is baseball stitched like on a steering wheel. I've will probably do the latter on my old Cannondale.
Hmm.. I'm not sure you know what a saddle is or what someone who uses it should look like.

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Post by coco » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:13 pm

UncleBob wrote:
coco wrote:
GaryInVA wrote:
coco wrote:This guy does some amazing custom saddles

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His braided leather bar wraps are really cool.
They are impressive. He doesn't do those personally. He has them woven with 12 strands in Italy. To my knowledge, he is the only one who sells such. Everyone else does leather tape or a leather wrap that is baseball stitched like on a steering wheel. I've will probably do the latter on my old Cannondale.
Hmm.. I'm not sure you know what a saddle is or what someone who uses it should look like.

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Allegedly, the first non-wood bicycle saddles were made by English saddlemakers, hence the name.
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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by coco » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:15 am

Hey Goose, what do you ride?
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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by Goose55 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:02 am

coco wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:15 am
Hey Goose, what do you ride?
It's an aluminum frame Silver Dawes 24 speed comfort bike. Only changes I made to it are a left side view mirror and some tougher, higher pressure tires, Continental Gator Hardshells. Oh, and I also had a low gear front 3 ring sprocket installed. It looks close to this except the 700C tires aren't as chunky looking and I swapped out a firmer seat from my 1st bike. The new front chainrings are also not black, but stainless steel. The bike has a front suspension like a motorcycle

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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by coco » Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:01 am

Goose55 wrote:
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coco wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:15 am
Hey Goose, what do you ride?
It's an aluminum frame Silver Dawes 24 speed comfort bike. Only changes I made to it are a left side view mirror and some tougher, higher pressure tires, Continental Gator Hardshells. Oh, and I also had a low gear front 3 ring sprocket installed. It looks close to this except the 700C tires aren't as chunky looking and I swapped out a firmer seat from my 1st bike. The new front chainrings are also not black, but stainless steel. The bike has a front suspension like a motorcycle

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The Gators are great tires.

Stainless steel chainrings are much more sensible than aluminum. They may weigh an ounce more, but they last ten times as long.

Wider gear ratios are also a wise choice. I often see people riding with the same gears the pros use, gear ratios that are great if you are a world-class athlete drafting 50 people in a peloton, but not a good choice if you are not a world-class athlete OR if you are not riding with 50 others.
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Re: A gentleman's bike

Post by Hovannes » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:09 am

I'll admit it. I want one of these
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