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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:10 pm 
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I have an old Dave Quinn road bike. I bought it second hand in the mid nineties as a winter hack. At the time I also had a new Dave Quinn.

It still rides OK but it does look tatty.

I'm gussing it dates from the late eighties or early ninties given the 'tasteful' shell :shock: suit colour scheme.

The next question is what is a newbie to do?

The paint is tatty as are one or two of the components.

I fancy having it resprayed in a more retro looking colour and replacing / restoring the components. Topped with a brooks saddle...

What do you think? Am wasting money on a bike that is not worth the effort?

I think I've attached the photo correctly.

Let me have it.... so to speak.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:01 pm 
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I'd ride it like that to be fair :0)

Some peeps on here like to restore, but personally, I like to see original " battle scars"..... Its what you feel comfortable with, I guess.....


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:26 pm 
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Yes, strip it down and give the paintwork a light T-Cutting to get rid of the muck etc. It'll then have a shine and patina which will enhance it's age. It doesn't look that bad actually in the photo, I've seen a lot worse!

Why not fit some 'proper' drop bars?

BTW, those forks are a bit steep aren't they. Very short rake. I bet it's a 'lively' ride!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:40 pm 
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I think the photo makes it lokk better than it is. I think the yellow was orginally floruo and has faded. It has plenty of chips and scratches etc from its days as a winter bike.

Just fancy making it shiney again


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:34 am 
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Initially my reaction was 'for Gods sake respray it, its hideous', but after looking for a minute or two I reckon, strip it down, clean it up, T-Cut and polish up. Then sort the detailing out, nice new black Brooks saddle and black bar tape would tidy it up a lot, ditch the blue pedals.

Then again my bikes are a right mess so ignore anything I say.

Will :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:53 pm 
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That doesn't look bad at all! Basically as willbowden said I'd keep the paint as is (but for a T-cut and polish - I've used Poorboy's Natty's Paste Wax as a finishing touch before now), have some black bar tape, black saddle and more neutral coloured pedals, but with black blackwall tyres too. Following my rough rule of loud frame/neutral bits or neutral frame/loud bits...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:06 pm 
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I think it was originally fitted with blue accessories (Mavic clipless pedals and San Marco Rolls saddle) as the grey paint has a blue fleck in it.

I think a strip and polish may be worth a try before I chuck money at it.

Fancy some On One Midge bars, although not proper retro they kind of stick with the theme. They are on offer too at the moment.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:19 pm 
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Ah, couldn't see the blue fleck, but that makes more sense now! Those bars look cheap enough to try too, but I must admit my eye was srawn down the page to those Nitto M104 alloy drops for GBP20...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 5:30 pm 
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Respray - its awful. That aside not a bad machine.


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