Gazelle Champion Mondial AA single speed conversion project

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  • Hello everyone.
    Since we got a new forum for Current Projects here on LFGSS I thought I would post mine here as well. Originally I was posting on Retrobike, so I'm just gonna copy and paste some of my messages.
    Just thought it might be interesting for someone to keep an eye on my project. I'm going to tell you straight away that I'm willing to build a single speed version. I know, some people would disagree, but I never rode geared bikes and probably never will. I also understand that some people will dislike what I'm doing and it's fine by me. As long as it's a constructive criticism, I will be happy to listen.
    So here it is:
    About two months ago I was lucky to buy this frame from Rih here on LFGSS.
    It was re-sprayed in this amazing colour, which i really like. And I think for now I'm going to keep this paint. Maybe later on when it will get a lot of scratches I will have to consider doing a powder coating.

    Unfortunately, the fork is not original, so I had to buy original Gazelle fork. It's one of those:

    And while Im waiting for those forks to arrive ( its been more than 3 weeks now and Im a bit worried ), I was buying the other parts
    Right first of all I got those hubs:

    Then I was trying to find nice mirror chromed finish rims. The problem is that most of the rims on the market right now are silver anodized finish, which was not good enough. So I had two options:

    • H+Son TB14 mirror chrome finish or
    • Velo Orange PBP

    But then I was lucky to get those vintage but quite good condition Mavic MA2

    I laced them in 3 leading - 3 trailing pattern. The wheel builder in LBS never tried this pattern before and he was trying to convince me to do normal 3 cross. But it looks so cool, I couldnt resist the temptation. Lacing was quite fun, and not as hard as some might think. I spent about 1 hour per wheel. Considering the fact that is my first try. Then I gave the wheels to make em true to Tokyo Fixed. And here is the result:



    I have to admit that they would look much better if they were laced to hi-flange hubs. And I kinda regret it now that I bought low-flange ones. But nevermind.
    Also wanted to say that this pattern is not as strong as lets say 3 cross, cause some of the spokes interlacing with the other 2 times, some 3 times, and some only once. That means some would be stronger and some weaker.

  • to be continued..

    • Campagnolo Monoplaner brake calipers. Don't know the groupset or era as when they were polished logos got disappeared. I hope it's Chorus

    • Campagnolo Record headset

    • Campagnolo Pista crank 50T. Was trying to polish it, but it seems impossible to make a mirror look

    • Campagnolo seatpost binder bolt

    • Campagnolo Nuovo Record steel pedals

    and last, but not the least, pearl of my collection - Campagnolo drilled seatpost. First of all I got Campag Record aero seatpost, but when I saw this one....


  • I also bought this DecoColor extra fine opaque white paint marker for the lug lining.

    I have another Gazelle frame, so I could use it for a trial lug lining.
    Here's the results:

    Took me ages to do it, as everytime I was starting my hands were starting to shake like I'm an alcoholic. Anyway, I managed to finish it and quite happy with result. I know it's not perfect and you can see it with close shots, but from the distance it looks cool I think. I guess it would me much easier if I apply some sort of a mask, but don't know how to do it. What do you think guys?

  • Read this on retrobike forum, nice lugglines. Also your SS will look cool, I like the spoke patern.

  • i'd like to commission you to line my lugs (not a euph)

    seriously

  • i'd like to commission you to line my lugs (not a euph)

    seriously

    yeah, actually i was thinking to put up an advert for lug lining services. I was searching here on the forum, but apparantly no-one does it. So i might do... Dunno how much to charge though. Was thinking maybe starting from £30 for headtube lugs and plus £20 for seatpost tubes if its normal lugs. Bottom bracket lugs are horrible to do because of gear guides and staff...

  • coughsplutter

  • What do you plan on doing with the gear shifters?

  • coughsplutter

    ???
    Do you know how long it takes to do one frame?

  • What do you plan on doing with the gear shifters?

    I think i just gonna leave them as they are. I had Campag Gazelle pantographed shifters but sold them, and really regret it now...

  • Anyway, I finally finished lug lining. I like the result. Only one thing - frame spray is chipped here and there so it looks like i was a bit messy with the paint. So I guess powder coating is on the way. And then lug lining again. By the way its harder to do lug lining on powder coated frames, cause the corners of the lugs are smooth and marker pen slips all the time

  • That looks horrifying. Spokes should not be interlaced so close to the flange, for reasons which are made completely obvious by that picture.

  • That looks horrifying. Spokes should not be interlaced so close to the flange, for reasons which are made completely obvious by that picture.

    Pardon me for my ignorance, but I don't really get what are the obvious reasons? Can you please elaborate?
    Cheers

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  • Pardon me for my ignorance, but I don't really get what are the obvious reasons?

    The huge bend in the spoke didn't tip you off that you were doing it wrong?

  • Wheel lacing is an abomination and the lug lining looks gash.. proper hack job. Constructive enough?

    Harsh but fair.

  • Beautiful components.
    Wheel lacing is an abomination and the lug lining looks gash.. proper hack job. Constructive enough?

    Grow up

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  • the lug lining looks gash.. proper hack job.

    Show us some pics of your lug lining then...
    I might just pay you to do my lugs

  • Beautiful components.
    Wheel lacing is an abomination and the lug lining looks gash.. proper hack job. Constructive enough?

    meh.. was just trying to help.
    Seems like you have made consistently bad choices since the first picture. I'm sure it will be fun to ride. Good luck with the rest of the build.

    Well, without being rude just wanted to apologise. I'm very deeply and regrettably sorry that my preferences don't match up with yours. Somehow you contradicting yourself though, but it's not the point. The point is, according to what you've said in your first post I can only assume that amount of negativity, rudeness, sarcasm and disrespect only shows high level of testosterone in your body. And I can only advise you: have a wank. It will help. Well, perhaps in your case you will have to do it 4-5 times but you'll get there eventually. Although it's not gonna stop you from being a fucking twat...

    Sorry for my French, everyone

  • In my opinion this all looks great except for the wheels. Personally I think they look horrible, and if tester thinks it's a bad idea then I'm sure he's right. I'd start again, and do them with an ordinary pattern. Also there's no point getting angry because somebody on the internet insults your lug-lining skills.

    Lug-lining totally sounds like a euphemism every time.

  • It's not about my lug lining skills. I just don't understand why people should be rude when they commenting on something.
    But then again, it's my own opinion. I guess I was brought up differently...

  • have a wank.

    Good advice.

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