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Old 12-24-20, 09:25 AM
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I would like to touch up the paint on my 1988 Ironman. How might I match the white which has yellowed over years? How do I deal with the blue that is not uniform?

Testor's sells a kit with about 16 different colors. You buy that, and a larger bottle of thinner, get some of the small plastic cups that restaurants use for take-out dips and sauces, and you sit down sober and start mixing, experimenting, etc. Take time, and do not drink during this process. I can't tell you how I know this, but looking at a couple of my bikes.... obvious.
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Testor's sells a kit with about 16 different colors. You buy that, and a larger bottle of thinner, get some of the small plastic cups that restaurants use for take-out dips and sauces, and you sit down sober and start mixing, experimenting, etc. Take time, and do not drink during this process. I can't tell you how I know this, but looking at a couple of my bikes.... obvious.
I imagine you could classify your paint jobs by blood alcohol concentration.
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Thank you. My Ironman is an '89, manufactured in '88.
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I imagine you could classify your paint jobs by blood alcohol concentration.
And my life....

Your ‘89 Expert came with Suntour GPX, and I see some changes...
List ‘em?
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And my life....

Your ‘89 Expert came with Suntour GPX, and I see some changes...
List ‘em?
Here you go:

Cinelli 1A stem
Cinelli handlebar
Tange-Seiki Levin CDS headset

Dura Ace SP-7400 seat post to be replaced by a Cinelli Via Folli 250mm seat post https://www.cinelli-usa.com/vintage-...ost-via-folli/
Specialized Toupe Expert saddle

Dura Ace SL-7400 shift levers
Dura Ace FD-7400 front derailleur
Dura Ace RD-7402 rear derailleur
Dura Ace Uniglide cogs

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Holdsworth 175/48/34 crankset
Dura Ace PD-7800 pedals
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Wheels with Dura Ace FH-7400 and HB-7400 hubs and Mavic Open Pro rims (built by myself)

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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post
I would like to touch up the paint on my 1988 Ironman. How might I match the white which has yellowed over years? How do I deal with the blue that is not uniform?
I recently did this with my '88 Expert with a Red & White fade. As you noted, the white isn't exactly white but faded or yellow/linen white. I was successful in touching up the scratches by mixing 8 to 9 drops of Testor's Gloss White with one drop of Testor's Light Ivory. I stuck the end of a toothpick into the paints and let them drop into the top of a beer bottle cap and mixed. Playing with the ratios of drops helps to fine tune the shade of white on your bike.
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Originally Posted by Triplecrank92 View Post
I recently did this with my '88 Expert with a Red & White fade. As you noted, the white isn't exactly white but faded or yellow/linen white. I was successful in touching up the scratches by mixing 8 to 9 drops of Testor's Gloss White with one drop of Testor's Light Ivory. I stuck the end of a toothpick into the paints and let them drop into the top of a beer bottle cap and mixed. Playing with the ratios of drops helps to fine tune the shade of white on your bike.
Did you also touch up the red?
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Did you also touch up the red?
No, fortunately the red paint was ok. Being that the white is on the ends of the bike at the fork and stays, that's were most of the paint scratches and wear & tear were located. The red paint has survived relatively unscathed so I can't help you there.
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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post
Here you go:

Cinelli 1A stem
Cinelli handlebar
Tange-Seiki Levin CDS headset

Dura Ace SP-7400 seat post to be replaced by a Cinelli Via Folli 250mm seat post https://www.cinelli-usa.com/vintage-...ost-via-folli/
Specialized Toupe Expert saddle

Dura Ace SL-7400 shift levers
Dura Ace FD-7400 front derailleur
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Dura Ace Uniglide cogs

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Dura Ace BR-7403 front and rear brakes

Holdsworth 175/48/34 crankset
Dura Ace PD-7800 pedals
Dura Ace BB-7400 bottom bracket

Wheels with Dura Ace FH-7400 and HB-7400 hubs and Mavic Open Pro rims (built by myself)

Delta PostHaste rack
So there’s no need to tell you how great they ride with upgrades....
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Originally Posted by johnlink View Post
Did you also touch up the red?
Testors Red is nearly an exact match. Best results are several thinned coats.
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So there’s no need to tell you how great they ride with upgrades....
Correct. In 2019 I did a 4,500-mile 90-day solo trip on my Ironman, carrying 18 to 20 pounds of gear depending upon the amount of snacks. The picture I posted in https://www.bikeforums.net/21846400-post9534.html is from late in that trip.
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Correct. In 2019 I did a 4,500-mile 90-day solo trip on my Ironman, carrying 18 to 20 pounds of gear depending upon the amount of snacks. The picture I posted in https://www.bikeforums.net/21846400-post9534.html is from late in that trip.
That's Awesome.
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That's Awesome.
I blogged every day of the trip, which lasted from May 28th through August 25th. You can find all my posts here:
https://johnlinkbikingadventures.blogspot.com
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Merry Christmas Y'all.
I will not always have a lot of bikes, but I’ll always have an Ironman.
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My Christmas Day observance included a mini-Ironman triathlon.
  • 5 mile run. Well, jogging 3 out of 5 miles. Slowly. The rest was walking. Even slower.
  • 8 mile ride to get a last look at the neighborhood Christmas light displays.
  • 1 hour soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts.

Okay, it was more of a mini-Rustman. But I won.
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My Christmas Day observance included a mini-Ironman triathlon.
  • 5 mile run. Well, jogging 3 out of 5 miles. Slowly. The rest was walking. Even slower.
  • 8 mile ride to get a last look at the neighborhood Christmas light displays.
  • 1 hour soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts.

Okay, it was more of a mini-Rustman. But I won.
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Saturday is suppose to be my run (outside) day. But I rode with my biking Buddy and of course he wanted to ride mtb. So funny that I kept telling him for a couple of months, mtb is so much fun. And he was like whatever, but now he's all about it. Meanwhile I'm ready to move on to "serious" bike training.
The thing is mtb is very much like doing intervals... well at least the way I do it, or is it my lack of conditioning to blame?
Of course we're on vintage mtbs, so No wide bars, No shocks, No disc brakes, No sloped frames (well his has one), No 29 inch wheels. But the thrill and bike handling learning curve is there.
He's always leading and is much more familiar with the different trails. Also a little bit more of a risk taker compared to me. Plus he's 25 years younger and currently in better shape. So I chase him, follow him, and help him up when he crashes. Oh one more thing, he has 3 chain rings, and real mtb tires. Meanwhile I have 1 chain ring (the middle), and street tires. When I have to walk a incline that he rides up, I remind him of those things. His reply is exactly what I would say, " well get you some mtb tires and put your rings back on". My reply is exactly what he would say, " But then I wouldn't have an excuse for walking".
Here's a pic of our bikes and snapshot of our ride that he sent me. How crazy is 2 hours and only 9 miles?


Just thought I'd share.

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Saturday is suppose to be my run (outside) day. But I rode with my biking Buddy and of course he wanted to ride mtb. So funny that I kept telling him for a couple of months, mtb is so much fun. And he was like whatever, but now he's all about it. Meanwhile I'm ready to move on to "serious" bike training.
The thing is mtb is very much like doing intervals... well at least the way I do it, or is it my lack of conditioning to blame?
Of course we're on vintage mtbs, so No wide bars, No shocks, No disc brakes, No sloped frames (well his has one), No 29 inch wheels. But the thrill and bike handling learning curve is there.
He's always leading and is much more familiar with the different trails. Also a little bit more of a risk taker compared to me. Plus he's 25 years younger and currently in better shape. So I chase him, follow him, and help him up when he crashes. Oh one more thing, he has 3 chain rings, and real mtb tires. Meanwhile I have 1 chain ring (the middle), and street tires. When I have to walk a incline that he rides up, I remind him of those things. His reply is exactly what I would say, " well get you some mtb tires and put your rings back on". My reply is exactly what he would say, " But then I wouldn't have an excuse for walking".
Here's a pic of our bikes and snapshot of our ride that he sent me. How crazy is 2 hours and only 9 miles?


Just thought I'd share.
Cross training is always good.
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The wife got a 19er vaccine on Tuesday. That means I can probably start using the gym's facilities again. I will ramp up the swimming. Swimming may be "blah," but it really helps with overall fitness Still going to keep doing stuff outside unless the weather gets too bad. I've got the beater IM on a trainer in my warehouse. It's set up on some pallets so I can wheel it to the bay door. Instead of fans, I just open up the bay door to get the cold air flow as needed. The warehouse is not heated anyway, so getting too hot is not a problem.
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Saturday is suppose to be my run (outside) day. But I rode with my biking Buddy and of course he wanted to ride mtb. So funny that I kept telling him for a couple of months, mtb is so much fun. And he was like whatever, but now he's all about it. Meanwhile I'm ready to move on to "serious" bike training.
The thing is mtb is very much like doing intervals... well at least the way I do it, or is it my lack of conditioning to blame?
Of course we're on vintage mtbs, so No wide bars, No shocks, No disc brakes, No sloped frames (well his has one), No 29 inch wheels. But the thrill and bike handling learning curve is there.
He's always leading and is much more familiar with the different trails. Also a little bit more of a risk taker compared to me. Plus he's 25 years younger and currently in better shape. So I chase him, follow him, and help him up when he crashes. Oh one more thing, he has 3 chain rings, and real mtb tires. Meanwhile I have 1 chain ring (the middle), and street tires. When I have to walk a incline that he rides up, I remind him of those things. His reply is exactly what I would say, " well get you some mtb tires and put your rings back on". My reply is exactly what he would say, " But then I wouldn't have an excuse for walking".
Here's a pic of our bikes and snapshot of our ride that he sent me. How crazy is 2 hours and only 9 miles?


Just thought I'd share.
Look at your data there. From time to time you hear Robbie, Doc and I talking about Storming Of Thunder Ridge. It has a climb in the middle that is 12-13 miles with an average grade in the 5-6% range. There is a SAG at the halfway point of the climb. I climb it in the 5-8mph range with a combo like a 28/30. I also usually cramp and have to walk on each of the 6ish mile segments. For a mountain goat it's fun, but for me it turns into misery. Look at your data again and think about the ride. Your whole ride today is basically what it takes for me to get up the mountain. That's how bad of a climber I am. Sad.
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Look at your data there. From time to time you hear Robbie, Doc and I talking about Storming Of Thunder Ridge. It has a climb in the middle that is 12-13 miles with an average grade in the 5-6% range. There is a SAG at the halfway point of the climb. I climb it in the 5-8mph range with a combo like a 28/30. I also usually cramp and have to walk on each of the 6ish mile segments. For a mountain goat it's fun, but for me it turns into misery. Look at your data again and think about the ride. Your whole ride today is basically what it takes for me to get up the mountain. That's how bad of a climber I am. Sad.
People say I wish I had done that or why didn't I do that? Well, why not do it? As my instructor used to say and I now repeat to my students and to you, "Everybody talks about doing it, but you're out here doing it". So you were out there doing it on SOTR.
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Yeah, mountain biking looks brutally hard when done "right." Very much like interval training.

Ever since missing out on a Kona Lava Dome Race Light a couple of years ago I've had my eyes open for a basic mountain bike to try on the local trails, just for a change of scenery. There's a decent Trek 6000 at the nearby pawn shop but I don't really want an aluminum frame MTB. And it's no lighter than the Kona Race Light and similar steel frame MTBs.
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