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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: To paint or not to paint  Reply with quote

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....

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maffy, Maffy!  Orange Bike Alert!!!

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Nice frame Cadence, I would leave it the way it is - it's got character.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

highly honored to meet you mr president! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


Didn't notice that!  Very Happy  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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


Thanks, I'm not hearing that much these days..... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repaint and change the headset!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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




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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 )
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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






















































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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow indeed! that's lovely.

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what's the story with the length of the front brake bolt?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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....













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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

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