Trying to straighten the frame

This is the problem that I am going to try and fix. The frame is upside down in the work stand and so the down tube shows as the upper in the picture. There is clearly some deformation visible on the underside of the down tube. The top tube is also damaged in the similar location but is not quite so severe.

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Here is a project that I may regret taking on. I stumbled across this frame online and picked it up for a song, and that may be about all it is worth. To my optimistic eye however it has some potential in spite of its condition. Rusted chrome, bent top and down tube, bent fork etc. But, I am usually up for a challenge!

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Another great Oregon Randonneurs event!

This years Verboort Sausage Festival ride started well enough, cool and cloudy but not raining. Well, that fantasy lasted for about the first mile before the rain came in and settled on our ride!

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Here is a bike that I really didn’t need, though that could be said about most of them. It came to me like so many others “as a good deal!” At just $38 for the frame and fork it seemed like a no brainer, especially since I had most of the needed parts just lying around.

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The Matthew O’Neill Memorial ride

This reason that we were here as a group to enjoy this ride is still a sad one. We lost our good Friend Matthew last year and have gathered for this ride (one of his favorite routes) to honor and remember him. We will do our best to celebrate Matt and his contributions to our cycling community by enjoying a great day, riding out bicycles on some of his favorite roads.

photo by Greg Jones

photo by Greg Jones

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I first got word of this bikes existence at Eroica California earlier this year and became very intrigued. It is fascinating to me that there appears to be enough interest in classic bicycles these days that a major manufacturer like Bianchi has decided to reintroduce what is basically a 30 year old bicycle in most regards. Apparently they believe that there is a demand that is not being met in the current marketplace.

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I don’t do a lot of centuries anymore but one that I try and do when I can is the Portland Century. There are two great things about this ride; first is that they find a wonderful route that is different each year. Next is the free beer at the end of the ride by Hopworks! I love beer sponsors.

Heading out of PDX on Terwilliger Blvd.

Heading out of PDX on Terwilliger Blvd.

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