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Patina or Beausage - visual gradations and visualizations, please

Old 08-15-19, 01:30 AM
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Patina or Beausage - visual gradations and visualizations, please

Collectors may value patina on an original frameset.

Show your patina proudly - Light or moderate or heavy.

Riders who ride big mileage AND vintage bikes may value a touch of beausage.

Show your beausage proudly - Light or moderate. Spare us heavy
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I have my examples but will hold back until I get a feel for where the fine line is drawn betwixt the 2 categories.
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One of the two bikes that did not go in N-all but 2...
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^^^^^. Would you call it heavy patina or light beausage?
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Heavy patina/moderate (a)beausage...



















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Little bit of both. The top coat is fading fast but the option of repaint is not on the table.

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Purple overcoat on this 60s French Bazou majorly faded, revealing the silver undercoat, except where protected from the sun by the band-on shifter mount.



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No longer have this bike, but some nice chips here and there and I liked the scuffed Ritchey stem decal.

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I'll have to go through my pics to find some frame examples, but here's a saddle example. A $5 Vetta from NW Hub. Very comfortable saddle, kind of an overstuffed Turbo with both beausage & patina. Treated the leather to preserve what's left. Put it on my Fisher Montare & Liked it well enough to locate one in near new condition. New one moves from bike to bike at present. Don
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Six years ago I was going to rattlecan this '71 Gitane TdF flat black. But then I saw it in the sunlight, scars, sun-faded candy-apple Omnium Vert, outlines of hardware long gone, chrome worn thin in places, but some just perfect anyway. So I daubed on a blend of Testor's model paint over the worst scrapes and built it up with a four decade span of parts where each one has a story in its own right and somehow it just came together organically like it was meant to be this bike from the very beginning. It is eerie how smooth and perfect this bike is, how what was meant to be a vacation beater has become the velo I ride more than all my other bikes combined.






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I think @DQRider wins this one...
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The paint on this bike looks perfect in pictures, but the yellow panels that were once white give a hint of its true condition. It's got the best patina, without straying into decay, of any bike I own. I added the Turbo saddle, which is far too worn for a restored bike but suits this one perfectly. The bar tape could use a bit more wear.




This one also has a good bit of patina that hides from the camera.



In this case, though, I think it crosses the line into damage. A previous owner attempted touch up, but it's pretty ugly.









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Great thread. Keep 'em coming.
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That frame is badass, I've never seen one like it. Very very nice.
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That frame is badass, I've never seen one like it. Very very nice.
I've seen a picture of one other like this. I talked to the guy who owns the other one, and he says he was able to verify that this was a finish that was available from Serotta when the bikes were new. He had his repainted and replaced "King of the Mountain" with "Jester of the Mountain." You can see it here: https://thepaceline.net/forums/showthread.php?t=117821
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My $50 Legnano Gran Premio barn find, my most "patined" bike, still rides great!

As bought.

As bought.

Following aluminum foil polish.

As bought.

More aluminum foil polish.

Gallons of patina.

Completed $100 Clunker Challenge.

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diggin' this thread; a welcome change of pace from all those hopelessly spotless, shiny show horses.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
Little bit of both. The top coat is fading fast but the option of repaint is not on the table.

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You sorta accept that this is in your future, don't you, with a Pinarello of a certain vintage? Love the ghost letters... those are perfection.

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Intriguing spoke pattern you have there. Care to elaborate?

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Intriguing spoke pattern you have there. Care to elaborate?

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