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What Constitutes "Drewing" a Bike?

Old 10-19-10, 02:36 PM
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What Constitutes "Drewing" a Bike?

So, I don't want to do anything stupid or offend anyone and be called "Drew", ...

so I thought I'd get a list of do's...

... and a list of don'ts.


I am probably going to want to remove the cantilever brake bosses from the frame.

I may want to remove the rear brake cable stop (brazed between the seat stays).

I probably want to remove the rear derailleur hanger from the rear dropout.

I probably want to add braze-on cable guides for the rear internally-geared hub.

Is there any way to braze-on disk brake anchor brackets?


I will not likely do any of these for the initial build. I just want to get it set up and running. After I get cable routing worked out, I may implement some or all of the above.

I've got my torch, my grinder and my files at the ready and the spray gun is on the shelf. Let the Drewing begin!
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Old 10-19-10, 02:48 PM
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Troll Bait.


You're just trying to get these people all riled up aren't you?

Well, as long as it's something like a Paramount or an International... you know, the sort of bike no one would care about... I say go for it.
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Anything that involves a grinder or a drill. Also a rattlecan unless the paint is totally, completely, shot.
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Who cares. Its your bike do what you want.
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I draw some sort of line at brazing disc caliper mounts to a "Vintage" frame.
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Old 10-19-10, 03:18 PM
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In my youth having been known as Drew, I'm already greatly offeneded

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Originally Posted by Andrew F View Post
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Old 10-19-10, 03:37 PM
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The "clean look"...

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Personally, I say if the offending braze-ons weren't original spec, Drew away (I'll be doing that to my Mondia's add-on canti bosses). Particularly if some bozo had added top tube cable guides to a '72 Colnago...

Have fun!
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Does anyone know what the origin of the word "drew" is? I've often wondered if it was something really obvious.
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The birth of Drew:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=485369
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LOLOLOL!!!

It was written like troll bait but it is meant as an honest, sincere question.

The bike is on its way to me. It is a nice bike and I don't really want to hurt it. I'd like to get a sense of what constitutes "going too far". In the end it is my bike and I'll do as I judge to be appropriate or necessary. Still, a little guidance can go a long way.

I'll get it, get it set up and take a good look and also take a good long ride, ... or two,... or ten. I have to then decide what to change and whether to modify this frame or move to another frame (possibly custom).

Whatever I do, I promise the paint will be great.


It's funny, more than any other component, more than all other components combined, the difficulty in finding a frame for this project has derived from three frame features - the brake mounts, the gap between the chain stays (tire size) and the desire for a flat top tube.

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The truth is sooner or later you'll want to sell it, and the little bits you're chopping off for the look or for the weight will bite you-you know where.
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I know where he lives:
That mailbox still has its handle. That is not our Drew.
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I know a young, sensitive bike mechanic, with a chrome Bianchi Pista fixie, a beautiful Salsa tandem, and a relentless curiousity about bikes of all kinds.

However, his name is Drew.....
.....and whenever anyone who reads BF C&V walked in, they'd bellow "DREW!!! what are you doing to that bike?"

This scared all kinds of customers, but it was great fun.

Drew quit and now attends Clemson... for art.
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It is a nice bike and I don't really want to hurt it.
'nuff said.

the stuff you take off only reduces your options in the future when/if you want to change it.
I change up and rebuild my bikes fairly frequently...if I brazed on and hacked off parts everytime I did iit, well...i'd have a lot, of something.

if the frame is nothing special, hack on.
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Hmmm.....yeah. I got my hands a Univega Gran Turismo a long time ago. I went so far as to cut the canti bosses off thinking I wanted to run side pulls, and almost went so far as to drop the top tube down to suit the bike to my wife.......who the frame size is better suited for. However, I found her a mixte and now I want to install North Road style bars to offset the smallness of it's size for me and reinstall canti bosses. <<ding,ding>> Fortunately, I stopped my drewing craze before it went too far. I suppose the bright side is I can reinstall to fit 700c's or 650B's, even.
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The truth is sooner or later you'll want to sell it, and the little bits you're chopping off for the look or for the weight will bite you-you know where.
Trust me when I say this, it isn't about weight savings.

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Hacking off R/D dropout is the #1 Drew in my book.
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Well, as long as it's something like a Paramount or an International... you know, the sort of bike no one would care about... I say go for it.
Removing brazed on shifter and cantilever brake bosses &c from a Raleigh International would not be drewing it. That would be undrewing it.

In my opinion, a true "drew" move is to hack at a frame before really riding it (and finding you don't like it after all). Build the bike up any way you want it, and ride the hell out of it. If you find it's the bike of your dreams except for a few minor tweaks you need to make, go for it --even if it involves a hacksaw, dremel, file, sandpaper, etc. You make the bike yours by riding it five thousand miles, not by painting your name on it.
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Can't reach with ginder, extension cord too short.
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Is there and Antidrew who adds to frames?
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Kinda makes ya think about taken up stalking....just for sport mind you.
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