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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:54 pm 
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Nah, I just left it where it fell as a mark or respect to our dead window cleaner.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:27 am 
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Finished!

This is in working prototype form and I'm sure they'll be some tuning and changing of parts once I've covered some miles.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:04 pm 
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Ok I'm a relative newbie here but I'll add the mock up I did at the weekend after dragging my unused Carrera out of the shed.

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Though I'll admit I'm considering fitting 700c wheels and Cross tyres, posssibly even SA 3 speed (again another mock up using whatever 700c wheels I had lying about).

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Still unsure whether the Frame warrants the upgrades needed Including rigid forks, wheels etc within a budget of £250 (could probably push it a bit but not much) or should I get a better retro bike and customise that.

Love this thread and Retrobike in general I must say :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:17 pm 
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That looks like an interesting project, good luck with it.

I wanted to use 700c wheels and cx tyres on my Rourke, but found that the depth of the tyres meant they rubbed on the underside of the fork crown and on the seatstay brace at the back. If you can get them to fit, then I think 700c's look very cool and will certainly give the speed and feel that I was hoping to get with the Rourke.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:16 pm 
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I'd better stick my oar in here too...

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Full article on how I made the left hand one here viewtopic.php?f=6&t=253716&p=1901939#p1901939


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:39 pm 
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Huh. Would this be dumb to do with my 95 zaskar? I do have an old set of cinelli bars left over from my GT Edge upgrade....


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:47 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
That looks like an interesting project, good luck with it.

I wanted to use 700c wheels and cx tyres on my Rourke, but found that the depth of the tyres meant they rubbed on the underside of the fork crown and on the seatstay brace at the back. If you can get them to fit, then I think 700c's look very cool and will certainly give the speed and feel that I was hoping to get with the Rourke.


Your Rourke looks the absolutely lovely 8) - any more pics???


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:33 am 
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andyz wrote:
Your Rourke looks the absolutely lovely 8) - any more pics???

Thanks!

No more pics yet, only a couple of it covered in dust after a 20 mile trail ride a few weeks ago.

I'll get up to the local woods soon with my camera.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:34 am 
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I never did post a pic of my Giant Cadex finished... Must admit it's been an interesting experiment but I think I'm going back to straight bars on this one. The drops and suspension don't quite work for me, maybe it's something to do with not being John Tomac.

Worst bit is aching wrists down long downhill - the brake levers don't work too well with cantis even though they came off cx bike.

Steerer swap ahoy.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:31 pm 
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So what would I need for this? Could I put drops and thumbies on it and keep the brakes? Please explain.....


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