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cadence

To paint or not to paint

I have an old Bruce Gordon frame which I purchased many years ago while on a trip to Eugene Oregon.  My question now is, with the frame showing wear from many years of riding should I have it professionally repainted or keep its present patina?

Company I would employ to do the work....

http://www.cyclart.com/

Original receipt.....






gerry12ie

Maffy, Maffy!  Orange Bike Alert!!!

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Nice frame Cadence, I would leave it the way it is - it's got character.
Fontfroide

I say find a bit of orange nail polish (or even clear) and touch up the tiny bits that need it, otherwise, just leave it.
Boogerd_Fan

highly honored to meet you mr president! Smile
gerry12ie

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
highly honored to meet you mr president! Smile


Didn't notice that!  Very Happy  Very Happy
cadence

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
highly honored to meet you mr president! Smile


Thanks, I'm not hearing that much these days..... Very Happy
cadence

Fontfroide wrote:
I say find a bit of orange nail polish (or even clear) and touch up the tiny bits that need it, otherwise, just leave it.


Everyone I've asked so far has given the opinion to leave it, I'm thinking I'll take a compromise on this opinion and have the bad areas touched up a bit, maybe have the dropouts redone....Thanks for everyone's input.
Biosphere

Looks classy!

I would keep as much of the original paintwork as possible and touch up where needed. To me 99% of the paint looks fine and there's no apparent peeling or flaking etc. from what you've showed so why not let its character continue to shine through Smile

What will you do about groupset etc.?
Bartali

Repaint and change the headset!!! Wink
cadence

Biosphere wrote:
Looks classy!

I would keep as much of the original paintwork as possible and touch up where needed. To me 99% of the paint looks fine and there's no apparent peeling or flaking etc. from what you've showed so why not let its character continue to shine through Smile

What will you do about groupset etc.?


I have some 600EX components from its original build, down tube shift levers, crank, brake calipers,  then maybe use new 105 for everything else.
gerry12ie

Cadence, are they the 600 arabesque set?  If so, they are nice components - despite what Bartali says... Wink




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MAILLOT JAUNE

I agree with FF to keep it as it is and just touch-up the chips, although not sure about orange nail polish (each to their own FF  Wink )
cadence

gerry12ie wrote:
Cadence, are they the 600 arabesque set?  If so, they are nice components - despite what Bartali says... Wink




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Need to clean them up a bit but was thinking to use these components....

cadence

Going to replace the saddle and seatpost at some point but otherwise I'm done with it..........






















































MAILLOT JAUNE

Wow!!!!
maffy

wow indeed! that's lovely.

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what's the story with the length of the front brake bolt?
Biosphere

Very nice Smile The positioning of the seat post clamp and the lack of anything above the top of the seat stays is not an arrangement I've seen before. Complete opposite of the current trend towards shrinking rear triangles.
MAILLOT JAUNE

I'm quite amazed at the old Shimano 600 gear levers. Would it have been possible to strip them out and use them to replace the new gear levers?
cadence

My other old bike, it's still a daily rider....nothing beats Dura Ace.....I just replaced the rear cog and chain then did a bit of cleanup....still looking a little worse for wear.....What's unique about this bike is its frame, which is made by ALAN and is one of the first attempts to use carbon fiber, which they did by gluing the carbon tubes into aluminium lugs....













Biosphere

I like that type of hacking Smile Is it just the rear stays that are carbon or are the main tubes painted carbon?
Fontfroide

Saddle has quite a tilt on it.  No doubt to suit you and the way you ride.  Nice bikes to ride.  I do like the orange too.
cadence

Biosphere wrote:
I like that type of hacking Smile Is it just the rear stays that are carbon or are the main tubes painted carbon?


The only information I could find on the main tubes....



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