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 Post subject: 1962 Viking Conquest
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:40 pm 
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I picked this up yesterday because I liked the wrecked paintwork, On picking it up I discovered it includes hand painted 'improvements in a number of areas.

It's only my second ever road bike, with the first being modern, so my knowledge on these things is close to none.

My initial plan is to get it running and do something with the paintwork. That something could be to clean & wax it, or even do a bit of further distressing in the repainted areas.

I'm really interested in people's thoughts.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:45 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 1962 Viking Conquest
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:57 pm 
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If you like the paintwork as is just get a couple coats of lacquer done.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:56 pm 
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I like it as it is shows it's history :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:18 pm 
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Suffering a distinct lack of confidence on this today, both on the extreme patina idea and sizing.

I'm measuring it up against my Spa Audax and finding TT 2cm lower but more significantly the top of HT is about 4 cm lower, and with the Spa having plenty of steerer and 100mm stem, this feels significant. Hmmm.


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 Post subject: Re: 1962 Viking Conquest
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:28 pm 
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Looks about 22", what's the length between the centre of the bottom bracket and the top of the seat lug?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:20 pm 
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Yes, Its 22 centre to top of TT


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 Post subject: Re: 1962 Viking Conquest
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:47 pm 
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In old money that would be for somebody 5-7 to 5-10 ish sort of height. Feet and inches lol


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Sounds like a 23 1/2" would be a better size for you.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:54 pm 
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I think so.

The modern bike fits lovely though - I guess it's just changes in geometry & stem / steerer etc.


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