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Repairing an old 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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Old school bike brakes, slowing you down in retro style
Old school bike brakes, slowing you down in retro style
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!
Thank you Ebay: a period correct Hurret rear derailleur
Thank you Ebay: a period correct Hurret rear derailleur
With all the black filthy grease removed, the retro orange really shines in combination with the metal front chain discs
With all the black filthy grease removed, the retro orange really shines in combination with the metal front chain discs
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
Batavus Champion bike from 1978 - ready for a ride!
Batavus Champion bike from 1978 - ready for a ride!

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