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Comment by Dave McGinnis on February 12, 2013 at 8:54pm

Hi Dave

Dave here.  My performing the opposite to my bike may be just what you're looking for...

I bought an 80s-era Japanese racing bike, stripped off the gears and replaced the wheels and built a single-speed bike with a few new parts.  Yours for the taking, and if you sweeten the pot by $40, are the former perfectly functioning sprockets, gears, friction shifters, 27in wheels and one tyre which holds air.  The rims are true and the derailleurs work fine, and in some ways I don't know why I de-constructed a perfectly good bike in the name of a fashion trend which must be at least four years old by now.

The nice thing about enthusiast forums is that no one is ever critical of others.  Right?

Suntour components, pickup from Newstead. (seriously, don't even stereotype me)

This is the finished product.  All shiny & chrome & single-speedy, top of the Gateway Bridge.  Who needs gears?

Comment by Jayden on January 22, 2013 at 1:21pm

That'd be a good bet - I've never been there personally but heard good things. We purchased a few converted bikes made by epic cycles in milton/paddington - so they might be another option.

Welcome to the forum

Comment by Dave Cramb on January 21, 2013 at 4:51pm

Hi everyone

This is my first post on Brisbane Cyclist and I'm not sure if it's in the right place but anyway...

I have an old 1990's (I think) Trek 1400 Frame that was converted to a single speed a couple of years back. The frame has a derailleur hanger and I am keen to convert it back to a "true" 10 speed road bike. 

I would love to do it myself but unfortunately do not have the time to. Does anyone know a good/cheapish place that i can get this done? I was thinking about the Bicycle Revolution joint over at West End? 

Comment by Doc Embrey on November 30, 2012 at 7:23am
A bit of shameless cross-posting for those who may wish to build a replica vintage bicycle Build a Replica Rover Safety Bicycle
Comment by Jayden on July 23, 2012 at 10:22am

gorgeous. Those 70's/80's frames are still my favourite looking - not a fan of today's frames

Comment by Ben Atherton on July 8, 2012 at 8:28am

Here's my other retro ride: a massively clunky Bennett Sebring. Rolls like a tank once you get it up to speed. Am on the look out for a Repco Olympic or Superlite to replace this as my commuter.

Comment by Ben Atherton on July 8, 2012 at 8:24am

Here's what I'm working on now: an early-80s Raleigh Competition in Raleigh-TI team colours. Frameset is fully butted 531. Since this pic was taken I've stripped it all down and cleaned up most of the parts. Now it needs to go off to Joe Cosgrove for a lick of paint. Running gear will be old Campag Super Record but I'm keeping the Weinmann brakes and Normandy hubs.

Comment by Jayden on February 8, 2012 at 12:51pm

though since I ride it so often it requires a fair bit of regular maintenance, since the crank is (~30%) broken :p. Just tightening of screws and stuff, since they always come loose

Comment by Jayden on February 8, 2012 at 12:49pm

haha thanks for the story. They sure are a hell of a lot of fun to get around on. My malvern star is about that age as well; 1984-86

Comment by Paul Stockwell on February 7, 2012 at 9:41pm

I mentioned it in another thread, but I picked up a 1986 Repco Superlite a couple of weeks ago.  With all the rain and some required maintenance on it, I finally got to take it out last weekend.

It was an interesting comparison to my more modern road bike.  I felt the extra weight in the frame, but the chrome moly was less bumpy than my aluminium Orbea.

The groupset with a 6 gear cassette felt like it was somewhere in the middle of the range of the groupset on the Orbea, missing out on the top and the bottom.  Was it fun to ride?  Hell, yeah!  You can't beat the springy metal cage, the reflectors on the wheels and the shifters on the down tube.  Still has the original seat, which was surprisingly comfortable.

It's a smaller frame than the Orbea (48cm vs 51cm), so I've got the seat jacked up a bit higher.  The SIS shifters are pretty good, if you can stop yourself from pressing the empty air underneath your brakes :)

All up, a nice addition to my stable.  Pictures when I get some new bar tape!


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