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Cleaning an vintage racing 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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The rear derailleur was rusty and not original to this bike
The rear derailleur was rusty and not original to this bike
Thank you Ebay: a period correct Hurret rear derailleur
Thank you Ebay: a period correct Hurret rear derailleur
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 big ding-dong bell is an overstatement and the tiny Garmin Edge 25 is a touch from the modern era I added to the bike to GPS-record my rides
The big ding-dong bell is an overstatement and the tiny Garmin Edge 25 is a touch from the modern era I added to the bike to GPS-record my rides
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
An original advertisment of the bike from the 70s - with specification of original parts
An original advertisment of the bike from the 70s - with specification of original parts

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