1971 Benotto (January update)Posted: January 24, 2023 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments | Tags: Benotto restoration, road bicycle restoration Leave a comment
Things have been undeniably chaotic around here so both work and posts have been few and far between. Sick spouses take precedence over pretty much everything so until we get her restored, bike restoring has slowed to a crawl.
The Benotto has made some progress, in that the frame has been repaired and a new shift lever stop has been installed. It took a bunch of brass to fill the dents but Jake got the bad areas looking really nice again. The frame is now off to paint (finally) so hopefully the bike can be back on the road by spring.
1971 Benotto- BeforePosted: September 10, 2022 Filed under: Before and After | Tags: Benotto, Benotto bicycle, Benotto restoration, Campagnolo Nuovo Record, Racing bicycle restoration Leave a comment
This one-owner Benotto is set for a full restoration, in that it’ll get a repaint and all the original parts will get overhauled. The plan, at least right now, is to keep the original chrome which I’m hoping will shine up ok.
I obviously don’t share every bike that passes through the shop (not enough time) but since I’m going to be trying to save the original plating this one seemed a worthy and interesting candidate.
First on the list: Repairing the ding on the seat stay and installing a shift lever stop. God knows why the bike never had a stop to begin with, but as you can see, without one the levers have gradually crept down the tube a couple inches.
Motobecane Grand Jubile’- AfterPosted: May 22, 2021 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments, Road and Touring | Tags: Motobecane bicycle, Motobecane Grand Jubile Leave a comment
I ended up given this old Frenchy a chance. Sure, it ate up some parts and a whole lot of time – probably more of both than the bike is worth – but as always, it’s hard for me to know when to quit. If the paint had been beat up the decision would have been easier.
Beyond the bits, the bike now has a few new decals, both on the frame and on the Ambrosio rims.
1984 Gios Torino- AfterPosted: May 20, 2021 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments, Road and Touring | Tags: 1980's Gios Torino, Campagnolo Super Record, Gios Torino, Restored Gios Leave a comment
I actually put the bike together two months ago but there were a couple small issues I wanted to address before I photographed it. During that time other projects came in and out, plenty worth mentioning, but I kept thinking, “Don’t post anything else until you’ve put up the Gios.” So nothing else got posted. Dumb idea.
Anyhow, here she is, ready to go out into the world and get dirty and scratched up.
Who am I kidding?
Here she is, all ready to be displayed in the shop.
P.S. I just noticed the “before” photos in the November, 2020 post had gone missing. They’re now reloaded in that section.)
Motobecane Grand Jubile’- BeforePosted: February 3, 2021 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments, Vintage lightweights | Tags: Bicycle before and after, Motobecane, Motobecane bicycle, Motobecane Grand Jubile, Motobecane Grand Jubile' 2 Comments
Actually, more like one half a Grand Jubile’, whatever one half a grand is (500?). It’s missing its wheels, front derailleur, saddle and original crankset. …And the handlebars are bent. …And some of the little Mafac bits are broken. …And the Vitus decals are pretty worked over. …And the seatpost looks like it was gnawed by beavers.
This will either turn into a good “before and after” story, or it’ll be a dismal failure. Stay tuned!
1983 Woodrup- What to do, what to doPosted: January 15, 2021 Filed under: Before and After, Road and Touring, Vintage lightweights | Tags: 1980's Woodrup, bicycle restoration, Woodrup, Woodrup bicycle Leave a comment
Normally I’d build this recent arrival up with Campagnolo Nuovo or Super Record. That being said:
A: I don’t have a complete NR or SR group hanging around,
B: This particular Woodrup is a light touring model with eyelets, rack mounts, etc. so a standard racing group wouldn’t really be appropriate anyway.
If I really wanted to put Campy on it I’d thus have to hunt down a triple setup and that’s never an easy or inexpensive option. My current plan, which will likely change 19 times between now and when I actually start, is to outfit the bike with a nice period Suntour touring kit: Mountech derailleurs, Suntour barcon shifters, and maybe a beefier set of side pulls. The Sugino AT crank won’t need to be changed because they’re already period-correct and of great quality, but most everything else will have to go.
1977 Nishiki International- AfterPosted: January 8, 2021 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments, Road and Touring | Tags: 1977 Nishiki, bicycle restoration, Nishiki International Leave a comment
The bike is back up and running. Even with the narrow bars and short stem the International isn’t a bad fit for me. I am also surprised by how stable yet peppy it is. Maybe it’s because I’ve been test riding a bunch of Raleigh and Schwinn 3-speeds of late, but the International is, dare I say, sporty.
Highlights of the bike in my mind are the rebuilt wheels with those shiny stainless spokes, the high polish on the brake calipers (I don’t often go to that extent) and the NOS gold bicycle chain. I wouldn’t dare put a gold chain on a new bike but it’s perfectly at home next to the gold on the Suntour freewheel.
Gios Torino Professional- December UpdatePosted: December 11, 2020 Filed under: Before and After, Restorations and Refurbishments, Road and Touring | Tags: Gios Torino Leave a comment
I received photos of the Gios, all painted up and ready to come back to Reno.
As always, Jim Allen did a great job.
1977 Nishiki International- Thanksgiving updatePosted: November 27, 2020 Filed under: Before and After | Tags: Bicycle wheel restoration, Nishiki International Leave a comment
The bike is apart and I’ve started working on cleaning things up. The main focus has been on the wheels. The spokes were rusty and the hubs themselves were starting to corrode so that seemed a good place to start.
Photos show the hub before and after polishing and overhauling.
1977 Nishiki International- BeforePosted: November 23, 2020 Filed under: Before and After | Tags: 1977 Nishiki, 1977 Nishiki International, Bicycle refurbishment, Nishiki bicycle Leave a comment
When I was 13 years old my parents took me to Carson City to buy my first road bike. The bike shop we went to, the only one within 40 miles, was a Nishiki dealer. After perusing the lineup I settled on a Nishiki Sport, a decent enough bike. Lots of my friends either rode hand-me-downs or department store junk – for example, Fluff’s parents bought her a Coast King – so I considered myself lucky, sort of. Was the bike suited to my riding aptitude and ability? You bet. Was it what I actually wanted? No way. I wanted an International.
First off, the name. My Lord, what could one do with a bicycle so worldly? If the Sport was the town constable, the International was James Bond. I had no real idea what made the International so, you know, international, but I knew there had to be a big difference. Maybe it came with a martini shaker.
As far as curb appeal went, they both came in a rich burgundy color, but that was were the similarities ended. My Sport was spec’ed with a host of chrome-plated steel parts. You know, steel; what they make cars and battleships with? The International was outfitted with aluminum components, all matte finished and purposeful looking as hell.
The International also weighed nothing comparatively. Not that I was allowed to heft it, mind you. 13 year old boys were not permitted to pull Excalibur from the stone. I only knew it to be nearly weightless because the catalog said so. If not properly ballasted with a water bottle and CyclePro handlebar bag, well, the thing might just up and float away.
My Sport never left the ground except for maybe once or twice when I imprudently jumped a curb with it (I quickly learned it wasn’t a BMX bike). Also, the time I crashed riding down Muller Lane after a long day pulling weeds at the Jubilee Ranch. I lost concentration for a moment and down I went. It was a magnificent pile-in of the first order and I shudder to think what would have happened If I’d actually been on an International that day. The Sport, on the other hand, took the tremendous crash with aplomb. That day its battleship components did right by me.
The Sport stayed with me throughout my middle and high school years with nary an issue. I rode it in the snow, I rode it through the 4″ of water that the town irrigated Minden Park with every week, and I rode it up and down Kingsbury Grade countless times. It would shake and shudder a bit above 40 mph, but it never hinted at pitching me into a guardrail and it always stopped at the bottom.
My parents eventually bought me a fancier bike for my high school graduation. I settled on a Nishiki Olympic 12 after discovering I’d have to wait an extra 2 months for an International. The Olympic was a great bike, but I always wished I’d had enough patience to wait for Excalibur.
The pictured International recently turned up on ebay, and for under $175 shipped I decided I’d waited long enough. The bike had seen some coastal living with rust apparent on some of its steel parts (yes, even the International had a few ferrous pieces). The frame, however, was rust free and the bike was pretty much original so it seemed as good a place to start as any.
I’ll try to post more photos of the bike after I start refurbishing it.