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Cleaning an old retro bike

restoring retro glory with some help from the Internet

Sep. 3, 2016 -

Almost a year ago I bought an old steel racing bike from 1978. I wanted to figure out if using a bike to commute worked for me. It did! I used it to ride more than 1000KM before I decided to get a modern road bike. Now, almost a year later, I decided to put the powers of the internet into good use: to bring the bike back to its retro glory!

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After cleaning and degreasing the bike, its retro glory became visible
After cleaning and degreasing the bike, its retro glory became visible
Old school bike brakes, slowing you down in retro style
Old school bike brakes, slowing you down in retro style
New school Sensa Romagna Sport '15 and Old school Batavus Champion '78
New school Sensa Romagna Sport '15 and Old school Batavus Champion '78
The rear derailleur was rusty and not original to this bike
The rear derailleur was rusty and not original to this bike
Retro bike pumps are available in different colours and sizes - I found an fitting chrome one from Italy!
Retro bike pumps are available in different colours and sizes - I found an fitting chrome one from Italy!
The Brooks C15 saddle with matching bag is a perfect (and comfortable) match for this bike
The Brooks C15 saddle with matching bag is a perfect (and comfortable) match for this bike

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