I’m an idiot for not getting pictures of this bike before I cut it apart. It’s an old Reynolds 531 Motobecane Grand Record that had its back end crushed by a car. We were asked to replace the rear end salvaging the Campagnolo dropouts and reuse the original bridges and seat stay caps. Well, all went well except for the seat stay caps which practically disintegrated when I was pulling them off. So here was my first attempt at doing a wrap around seat stay cap. Looks good to me and after clean-up it’ll look even better.
I took a bunch of pictures of Hannah’s frame and am going to update the gallery momentarily. Here are a couple shots and a slideshow of the build process
for anyone interested.
Other things going on that are fun are a Ritchey dropout replacement on a Kona. Hooray. I’ll be painting the back end of it tomorrow. I guess that’s it. I should be cutting tubes for Jack’s bike tomorrow. I’ll see how much I can get done. More to come soon.
After a couple of weeks of sloth-like working, I’m back for more. The Casati and other various bike repairs are complete and I can finally move on. Here are a couple of shots of the finished down tube replacement. It will not be repainted by us so it goes back to the owner looking pretty raw, but sweet nonetheless.
This repair came into the shop and made me realize that getting doored must be pretty painful. The downtube on this Casati is in the process of being replaced (duh). It’s a damn shame too, that pink was so beautiful. It hurt cutting it out. Note the gap in the head tube miter. Hopefully I’ll get it tighter than what it came in with. Yikes. I’ll post some more pics when the grinding is done and the new tube is in.
Finished the paint on the Lyon last week but am finally getting around to uploading some shots of it. Pretty happy with the way it came out. Ended up not using the downtube decals sent from Lyonsport but scanned them and made some that seemed more like the ones it came in with. More pics can be seen here.