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December 1986. My sister and I's very first ride on our brand new bikes.
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December 2013. Same bike, same exact location 27 years later
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Purchased Nov. 2011 (frame/ fork/ handlebars/ seat post/ seat post clamp) Located it less than 10 miles from my house. Biggest mistake was not buying a complete bike...took over a year to source all the remaining OE parts. Overall the condition was fairly good on the the original chrome. With a possible OA bath (Oxalic Acid) and some #0000 steel wool with Blue Magic chrome polish, it would have cleaned up pretty well. However given the importance of this bike to me, I opted to have it completely rechromed
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ready to be sent out for chrome plating. (sourced: OE front sprocket/ OE crank/ OE stem/ handlebar clamp/ OE wheels. All parts were sent to Chromemasters
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Date stamp dropout before/ after chrome plating. Manufactured date of January 1985
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chainstay/ hub before/ after chrome plating
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Seatstay/ rear claiper mount before/ after chrome plating
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Seat post seatstay before/ after chrome plating
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hub before/ after chrome plating. Also mirror polished bearing cups
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lower bracket hardware before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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lower bracket hardware before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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lower bracket hardware before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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crank before/ after chrome. lower bracket hardware before after sanding/ mirror polishing
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crank center. (chromer failed to chrome plate this area) before/ after wirewheel and polishing
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front sprocket before/ after chrome plating
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front sprocket chainring before/ after chrome plating
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personally made crank graphics, and fully assembled crank with NOS Sugino chainring fasteners.
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NOS 80s Izumi chain w/ hand polished links. It took me over a year to find a blue Izumi chain, that wasn't beaten. I actually located this one in the UK. Unfortunately a few links had been removed by the seller, so now I have to source a smaller chainring
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NOS 16T Suntour freewheel
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handlebars before/ after chrome plating
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handlebars before/ after chrome
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chromer failed to chrome plate the upper portion of the fork. before/ after wire wheel/ sanding/ polishing
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fork before/ after chrome plating
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fork dropouts before/ after chrome plating
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seat post before/ after chrome plating
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before/ after original decals/ reproductions
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before/ after original decals/ reproductions
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before/ after original decals/ reproductions
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brake cable ends. before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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brake caliper components/ hardware. before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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NOS Dia-Compe brake pads. sanded/ mirror polished
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brake cable adjuster before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing. (please note the clear reflection of the faucet and paper towel holder )
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flush cut/ sanded/ mirror polished fastener ends. For me, this can make or break the finish level of a project. Too often I see people over looking fasteners. Nothing shows your level of detail, or OCD, like flush cut fasteners and aligned nuts
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brake caliper mount. before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing (still some polishing compound in the threads)
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stem before/ after chrome plating. flush cut/ sanded/ mirror polished fastener ends (same as every fastener on the bike)
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stem fastener before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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stem wedge before/ after wire brush/ painting
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handlebar clamp. before/ after blasting/ 2 stage painting (base/clear)
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handlebar clamp. before/ after blasting/ 2 stage painting (base/clear)
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clamp fasteners before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing. (all grade markings sanded out) fully assembled clamp
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headset hardware before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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front reflector bracket before/ after chrome plating
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rear reflector bracket before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing (all casting/ forming marks sanded out)
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Foreman scraper(with "modified tooth") proved quite useful in sanding inner radius
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Bachelor advantage #347...using entire kitchen as restoration station (seat gut sanding shown)
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cleaning out seat tube after chrome plating
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seat guts before/ after grinding/ hand sanding/ mirror polishing (finished polished guts shown with old seat)
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NOS Viscount Aero seat
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NOS AME bubble font grips
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before/ after full hand sanding/ mirror polishing (axle/ bearing cones/ jam nuts)
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before/ after full hand sanding/ mirror polishing (axle/ bearing cones/ jam nuts)
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before/ after full hand sanding/ mirror polishing (axle/ bearing cones/ jam nuts)
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before/ after front & rear hubs. original candy coat stripped/ repainted candy blue
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pre hub assembly
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before/ after hub assembly
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front axle washer before/ after hand sanding/ mirror polishing
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wheel rim before/ after rust removal/ chrome plating
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before/ after reflective blue wheel strip
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before/ after assembled wheel
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random part shipment day (brake levers/ brake calipers/ SS brake cable/ trans blue cable casing/ chain/ NOS top tube pad/ NOS chain ring fasteners
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first/ last day on the stand
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as it sits on display in the studio
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as it sits on display in the studio. These images are a little out-dated. Im currently trying to get a photoshoot done in Jan/Feb 2014

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