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 Post subject: trendy london type bike
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:57 am 
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take one late 80's gas pipe carrera, hack off all the cable stops/mech hangers. get frame medi blasted/zinc dipped/powder coated, polish everything, rebuild wheels with stainless spokes, re-dish and re space rear wheel (now dishless8)), add some new amber wall world tours and just like that all the young-uns at work like me.

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 Post subject: That looks nice
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:15 pm 
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Not my sort of thing but it does look clean and simple, nice lines.
Maybe I'm turning hip................no, more like hipster dufus :roll:
was it a UK Carrera or a good well made Italian Carrera?
If its Italian, then you realise you have just shut the door to heaven and will now be headed south :wink:
Hows it ride?

The one thing that did make me chuckle was, what looks like a match and a cigarette butt under the extingiushers :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:55 pm 
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definately not an italian carrera! it was a good old fashioned halford carrera celeste from 1988.

rides quite well, very smooth. not my thing either really, just wanted to build one to see how easy it was.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:50 pm 
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A freewheel and no brakes? Wouldn't like to ride that in London traffic! :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:51 pm 
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brakes just slow you down man.


got a fixed cog coming in the post soon :)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:52 pm 
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jamabikes wrote:
brakes just slow you down man.


got a fixed cog coming in the post soon :)


Er, good luck without a front brake, fixed or freewheel! :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:00 pm 
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i have a front brake for it, just looks better without one for pictures.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:11 pm 
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An incomplete bike with part(s) missing doesn't look better. Just my opinion of course.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:15 pm 
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but its so pure...and looks like track bikes of old.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:45 pm 
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Because you always saw track bikes with risers.

And dropouts.

And qrs.

And lamp bosses.

And...

You get the picture. Yes it's a pretty bike, but nobody who's ever seen an old track bike would find it reminiscent of one. Even if you got all the parts right the geometry would still look wrong.

When it comes down to it, only an old track bike looks like an old track bike. I had an old Carlton track bike about twenty years back, but due to financial constraints the wheels, bars, stem and cranks were too modern (eighties-ish) and even that didn't look like an old track bike. It still looked like a road bike trying to look like a track bike.


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