Tang's Repco Traveller
out as a low-end bike from the late 1970s or early 1980s in poor
condition, this project was meant to see how it can be rejuvenated
at moderate cost.
The bike was originally a "Traveller", by Repco of Huntington VIC,
Australia (now of Altona VIC) with its frame made from 1020 tubings,
and most of the components were of lower quality which had deteriorated
to the point of unuseable. If required, replacement components were
acquired at low cost, or even no cost; most are used period items.
The frame was cleaned up, repainted and the bike rebuilt to higher
specifications and cleaner design.
components employed are as follows:
quill stem, Champion handlebar, Weinmann brake levers, Goodhorse
CRX saddle (from someone who upgraded to a better one), generic
clamp and post (will be replaced with an old alloy post in due course).
A mixture of original and TH headset parts (due to the fork stem
being a touch short), black Weinmann 500 brakes, chromed steel fenders
from another bike, Weinmann rims with Maillard hubs (from another
Repco bike). Replacement tyres and tubes from Kmart.
CR crankset with FPD cast aluminium double-sided pedals, rachetted
Suntour Power Shifter, Suntour Spirt front derailleur, Shimano Tourney
rear derailleur (same as original), BBB SpeedWire teflon-coated
cables (on special at $2 each); NOS Regina Silver BX freewheel,
and new KMC chain.
result is a "gentleman's tourer" which gives a leisurely ride due
to its longer wheelbase, and pleasant to the eye. A quick and simple
build like this would cost little, if parts are acquired selectively.