Batavus Racer

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 - TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by BatavusRod, May 5, 2013.

  1. BatavusRod

    BatavusRod

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    Hi folks,

    I started this project in 2011, but put it aside after the welding and sandblasting was done...
    This Build Off is a good reason to pick it up again, and finish it 8)

    The bike is a Batavus Super Sport from the late '40s.
    I will change it from "Gents bike" into a racer.

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  2. kingfish254

    kingfish254 CHECK OUT MY SALE THREAD FOR COOL STUFF! Pro Member

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    Welcome to RRB and the Build Off from across the pond. Great to add another international player to the mix.

    That frame is freaking awesome!!!! I love the multi-tubes and how the curves and angles just work together.
    You have my attention!

    Good luck
     
  3. Machine Age Victim

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    Welcome to the build, this is a gorgeous frame. Just fyi, there's a Lightweight sub build-off, since there's a rare few that are building some this year.
     
  4. BatavusRod

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    Thanks guys!

    It's a quite rare find and a great design, thats why I chose to save it.
    But, as you can see in the close ups, its really rusty and in bad shape but safeable!

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  5. kim_dude

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    Extremely cool frame! 8)
     
  6. BatavusRod

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    Thanks!

    Here's a mock up.
    The seat is just for display, it's to far gone :-(
    But, I allready found a Brooks competition in blach with copper nails! Yeahaa
    I found a Mayor Tailor handlebar (reproduction), the one in the pic is just to see how low handlebars look like.
    Realy happy about this combo...

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  7. Machine Age Victim

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    nice mock up! what size are those wheels?
     
  8. Lowlife Lucas

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    Awesome frame!
     
  9. BatavusRod

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    Thanks guys,

    The wheels are 28"
     
  10. eparsons

    eparsons They say I gotta go to rehab and I say NO NO NO

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    Looking awesome, cool how it looks like its moving just sitting there. Welcome to the build off fellow first timer.
     
  11. BatavusRod

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    Busy with filler, and sanding....

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  12. Glen

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    Wow... that's a really nice frame. :shock:
     
  13. Rat Pilot

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    Ditto!
     
  14. supergoob

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    That frame is crazy cool; I love how the tubes go around the BB shell rather than into it. Mockup looks great!
     
  15. tailhole

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    neato dude.
     
  16. BatavusRod

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    Thanks Folks!

    Funny historical detail: Opel (yes, the one from the cars) used this design in the '20s for professional race bicycles.
     
  17. Machine Age Victim

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    Sweet, I always liked those cars (the old GT)
     
  18. BatavusRod

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    Final filler (spray)... And then finally paint! And some subtle pinstriping :mrgreen:
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  19. rat-a-tac

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    Such a cool frame and the pinstripe green is a great color! I have a old BMC twin bar kids side walk bike that this frame reminds me of.

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  20. BatavusRod

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    Thanks!

    Wow! thats a nice kids bike!
     

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