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Yes, this is another Fuji Monterrey and yes, the original paint job (with some subtle differences) was the same as the Monterrey in the post prior to this one. We some how ended up with two Monterreys at the same time.

The wheels were stripped and the hubs were salvaged to be laced with new spokes and rims by George. The rest of the componenets were either saved or toss into the scrap bin. For it being a high tension steel frame, it cleaned up pretty nicely.

The guy I rebuilt this frame for wanted a charcoal or grey color given to the frame, which was really easy for Mark to execute at Fresh Start. Ended up going with him for this project because Im kind of done experimenting with other powdercoaters, despite how cheap they can be. There continues to be some minor issues here and there that Fresh Start has absolutely no problem avoiding. So yeah, no real reason for me to get work done else where.

Ended up turning out gorgeous. Very clean, minimal, and respectable look.

I personally would have liked to have used a color walled tire like a mocha brown or even a gum wall but the black Strada Ks were fine and were requested.

Im so impressed with how this color turned out I am thinking of rebuilding a sports touring frame for myself in a similar shade.

The buyer was very happy with the turn out. At the last minuted we ended up going with a vintage Brooks I had which I was kind of excited to use, kind of a cherry on top.

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I have a few keywords that my Craigslist app pulls up for me (Trek, Reynolds, Raleigh, etc) and I am usually pretty good at checking them. Paid off this time! I found a Raleigh Alyeska frame being sold in Crystal Lake. It was set up as a single speed with mysterious no name Deep Vs and what I think are formula hubs.

I met up with the seller who was trying to liquidate some of his possessions before a move to California. I was really glad I got the frame, even though I knew it was too tall for me.

I loved having the opportunity to rebuild the bike as a touring specific bike, the reason it was manufactured in the firs place. Even though the brands of the componentry used isnt original to the Alyeska, I still tried my best to appropriately rebuild the bike.

I have such an affinity for Raleigh touring frames, especially from the 80’s. I am still searching for one my size but it seems like the world is against me. I did manage to find a Raleigh Olympian but the frame is bent.

Anyway, I did splurge on the build and went out and bought Brooks B17 Saddle from Smart Bike Parts in Logan Square for a great price. I did buy some silver Velo fenders as well but the screws included didnt fit the frame so I just decided to return it all together. I would have had to ask for much more money for the bike had I kept the fenders so I went without them.

The background graffiti moral is on the south wall of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Club on Washington & Sacremento. Ive passed it a couple times and always thought it would make a nice background for bike photographs. This year Id like to be more creative on where I take some of these photos but I need a fancier camera, I suppose.