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Columbus SLX
12-04-2012, 09:03 PM
Figured I'd post up a couple of my project bikes.

This frame was an absolute wreck when I got it. It was the first complete restoration I've done myself, meaning both decals and paint. I shot the primer and base colors in my driveway over a couple calm dry days, and the clearcoats in a spraybooth I have access to. Lots of wetsanding.

The C-Record group came off a 1985 Gios Professional. Nice parts, beat up frame - so I sold it and some parts from it, and kept the rest in an old diaper box for a couple years. Once this frame came along, I knew where to put the Campy stuff.:banana:

Decided to try recovering a saddle too. I used Great Stuff insulation foam to flatten out the beat up foam on an old Flite Ti, which worked okay but was a hassle. It's a little lumpy in real life.

I built the Open Pro wheels so I didn't have to mess around with the original tubulars. Lacing the left-hand rim drilling to the right-hand hub drilling added several gray hairs to my head. Something was out of whack, and I had to lace it a few times to get everything settled right.

LJohnny
12-04-2012, 09:05 PM
Beautiful, both the bike and your photographic skills. Pro!

Columbus SLX
12-04-2012, 09:15 PM
Thanks! It's a lot of fun to ride too. It's so damn quiet...so peaceful as a way to escape my noisy kids.

enr1co
12-04-2012, 09:27 PM
Wow, beauteous- pics look like they're from a DeRosa brochure!

54ny77
12-04-2012, 10:47 PM
you pumped the saddle with great stuff?

that is HILARIOUS!

and AWESOME!

that bike and restoration job looks beautiful. very nice work. :cool:

[edit: cobalto brakes, eh? classy. super classy. those were a nice find.]

majl
12-04-2012, 11:32 PM
Stunning - one of the prettiest bikes that's been posted on here.

Columbus SLX
12-05-2012, 07:02 AM
you pumped the saddle with great stuff?

that is HILARIOUS!

and AWESOME!

that bike and restoration job looks beautiful. very nice work. :cool:

[edit: cobalto brakes, eh? classy. super classy. those were a nice find.]

Yeah, the trick is to make sure you either have a pile of saddles to foam, or several leaky windows to insulate right after hitting the saddle, cuz once you open a whole can you gotta use it right away!

The cobaltos were on the Gios. Plastic replacement beads!

54ny77
12-05-2012, 08:09 AM
did you have the leather cover made for the bar?

that's like the icing on the cake.

am really impressed with your work, it is terrific. nice photography as well.

texbike
12-05-2012, 08:10 AM
Wow! Your bike looks incredible! Congratulations on a job well done!

Did you do the leather wrap on the bars as well?

Texbike

camchris1
12-05-2012, 08:33 AM
Beautiful restoration Sir!!

Columbus SLX
12-05-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks guys. Yep, I make the leather bar wraps. If you guys ever would like a set for your rides, hit me up. I can run em for you.

bambam
12-05-2012, 12:33 PM
Simply Wow!

maximus
12-05-2012, 12:52 PM
Yowza. Nailed every aspect of this build. You sir ride a work of art in addition to a killer bicycle.

bigman
12-07-2012, 11:36 PM
Wow - time and effort well spent - looks perfect!

binxnyrwarrsoul
12-08-2012, 06:51 AM
Nice. That era Campy.......gorgeous. That bike is crying out for some skinwalls.

gomango
12-08-2012, 06:57 AM
Nice. That era Campy.......gorgeous. That bike is crying out for some skinwalls.

Agreed.

Congrats on such a beautiful De Rosa SLX.

They ride so well, don't they! :)

I keep coming back to mine, even though I have a Giro d' Italia made from ELOS.

A Veloflex Master 23 would look sweet on that beauty, but that takes nothing away from your effort.

Have fun with that beauty.

Columbus SLX
12-08-2012, 08:58 AM
I do have a set of Master 23s I could put on there but chose the ivory wall Pro3s because they perfectly match the white leather, haha

gomango
12-08-2012, 11:34 AM
I do have a set of Master 23s I could put on there but chose the ivory wall Pro3s because they perfectly match the white leather, haha

Yep, build 'em the way you like them.

That's for sure.

I won't be riding any De Rosas today.

6-8 inches of snow starting later this afternoon!

nopotholes
12-08-2012, 01:46 PM
That is a gorgeous bike! Soon to be a stock google bike porn image.

bikesandparts1
12-14-2012, 08:11 AM
Figured I'd post up a couple of my project bikes.

This frame was an absolute wreck when I got it. It was the first complete restoration I've done myself, meaning both decals and paint. I shot the primer and base colors in my driveway over a couple calm dry days, and the clearcoats in a spraybooth I have access to. Lots of wetsanding.

The C-Record group came off a 1985 Gios Professional. Nice parts, beat up frame - so I sold it and some parts from it, and kept the rest in an old diaper box for a couple years. Once this frame came along, I knew where to put the Campy stuff.:banana:

Decided to try recovering a saddle too. I used Great Stuff insulation foam to flatten out the beat up foam on an old Flite Ti, which worked okay but was a hassle. It's a little lumpy in real life.

I built the Open Pro wheels so I didn't have to mess around with the original tubulars. Lacing the left-hand rim drilling to the right-hand hub drilling added several gray hairs to my head. Something was out of whack, and I had to lace it a few times to get everything settled right.

Really pretty bike and great job on the restoration. It's nice to see the old Campy on there too!

h2oxtc
01-27-2013, 11:03 AM
I can't begin to comprehend the patience needed to restore a bike so beautifully! Very nicely done.

Columbus SLX
01-28-2013, 08:23 AM
Thanks guys. It's somethin to do when the little urchins go to bed at night, beats TV.

LegendRider
01-28-2013, 11:32 AM
Impressive job.

I had a Ferrari red De Rosa SLX that I sold in the mid-90s. I rue that decision often.

cleavel
01-29-2013, 09:54 AM
Hi, great photos and beautiful bike! Looks like a tremendous amount of work went into polishing the parts too. Almost too nice to ride. ;)

Columbus SLX
01-31-2013, 09:49 PM
Impressive job.

I had a Ferrari red De Rosa SLX that I sold in the mid-90s. I rue that decision often.

Still have my red one ;)

soulspinner
02-01-2013, 04:43 AM
Nicely done it brings back memories of when I rode several thousand miles a year. Great era for the bike.

velomateo
02-01-2013, 10:00 AM
Having just finished a restoration myself, see "My Somec", I can fully appreciate the amount and level of work you put in to the DeRosa. Beautiful job.

axel23
02-02-2013, 08:06 AM
First class. The commitment to re-doing the entire frame obviously paid off. I agree that more subtle tires are called for, but that's the easiest things of all to change and you made a good case for keeping it the way it is. Congratulations.