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    Cunningham #G restoration

    I picked up Cunningham G a while ago. It had been used hard constantly since its original owner had bought it while a grad student at Stanford in the early 80s. I set about getting back to its original look, trying to use a light touch. Beside taking everything apart and lubing and cleaning it, I replaced the updated parts with more correct 83/84 vintage components. I found Magura motorcycle grips and had them cut down, just like how WTB used to do them. I also remade the old-style WTB chainstay protectors (and have put them up for sale on cunninghambikes).

    I am pretty happy with how the bike turned out. It is the bike in sequence just before my red Cunningham (Big Red).

    It has some unusual details, like a super short seat collar, brass rollers on the rear rear roller cam and an earlier design fixed angle seatpost.

    Here is how it looked when I got it:


    And here is how it looks now:


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    Why did he have slicks on it? Did he think it was a Klein?
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    The bike was a heavy use commuter bike. They owner is a policy wonk regarding urban planning and he was practicing what he preached. Pretty cool if not "cool"!

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    Well built bike Noah, but then I wouldn't expect anything less from ya. I look at that steed andI just want to spend the rest of the afternoon riding it. I want to see a close up on what you (or Cunningham) did to the levers.
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    The grips are cut down Maguras. The levers are stock Shorties. Interesting thing about them is that they come from a Breezer Series II.

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    that's a pretty short stem.
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    Yup.

    More pics on cunninghambikes http://cunninghambikes.com/bicycles/g.html

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    how does aluminum fare against time?
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    Well, the bike is 26 or 27 years old and has been ridden continuously, most of that time in Colorado. Beside a few cosmetic scuffs it is just fine. Seems good to me. The original owner was a pretty big guy, as you can tell from his seat height. Seems like an endorsement to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Well, the bike is 26 or 27 years old and has been ridden continuously, most of that time in Colorado. Beside a few cosmetic scuffs it is just fine. Seems good to me. The original owner was a pretty big guy, as you can tell from his seat height. Seems like an endorsement to me.
    i heard aluminum changes structure becoming more brittle w/ time. Though that's prbably one of those LBS "heavy sh*t" stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    i heard aluminum changes structure becoming more brittle w/ time. Though that's prbably one of those LBS "heavy sh*t" stories.

    Thats called precipitation hardening.
    Some aluminum alloys will do this depending on how they've been modified. It's actually a "feature"

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    i heard aluminum changes structure becoming more brittle w/ time. Though that's prbably one of those LBS "heavy sh*t" stories.
    Sounds like BS to me. There are aluminum framed aircraft from the 40's and 50's that are still flying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    Sounds like BS to me.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precipitation_hardening

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts
    There are aluminum framed aircraft from the 40's and 50's that are still flying.
    Age hardening isn't necessarily bad if it's been factored into the design.
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    BP,

    Very nice job on the re-build. That is a proper looking MTB. What size is the frame?


    Looks like it's itching to be ridden.





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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    BP,

    Very nice job on the re-build. That is a proper looking MTB. What size is the frame?


    Looks like it's itching to be ridden.





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    size looks similar to a medium Phoenix. 22.7 top tube. taller headtube though.
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    Actually more like a large Phoenix. It is around a 19.5 frame.

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    Another sweet set up. Nice work.
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