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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:33 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi everyone, i've just joined and thought i would introduce myself. My name is Lee and i have just being given by my soon to be father-in-law an eighties Dawes Stratos. It has Reynolds 531 and Shimano 600 groupset, i am looking into having it resprayed and purchasing new wheels and possibly new groupset. Any hints and tips are more than welcome as this is my first roadbike in twenty years! [/img]


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:12 am 
Retro Guru

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lee

welcome , it looks ok as is re paint job , just go and enjoy it

have fun


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:33 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the welcome. It does need a bit titivation as the spokes are corroded and the frame decals are worn and peeling. I would love some Reynolds 531 decals if i can find them too.


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Old School Grand Master

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Looks nice - I personally can't see the need for a new groupset. Polish and enjoy riding it.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:00 pm 
rBoTM Winner
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Is the saddle height set for you? If it is check to see how much seatpost is in the frame - if it's the standard post it may not be in enough and could cause damage to the top of the seat tube.

Otherwise I'd leave it as it is :)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi. Yes the seat height is set up for me, i took it to my local bike shop and bought a longer seat post. I was told the rear wheel needs some attention so i will replace both with a new set from Shimano, probably R500's? There is a local sprayer who can do a nice paint job for me and i've ordered some Reynolds 531 decals. I can't leave anything alone!! :lol:


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