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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:58 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hello!!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:01 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hurrah!

My saddle and stickers arrived!! :D

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Unfortunately the saddle came with a white stripe instead of red, but it is comfy and looks great. I painted the grooves in the seat post red to match the rest.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:55 am 
Dirt Disciple

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HAZZAH!

In the post yesterday came my stem bolt and quill and my head badge!

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Now all i need to do is re-assemble the rear brake and re assemble the drivetrain!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:02 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Went out for my first ride on it yesterday. Only took it around 12 miles. 2x6 mile loops to make sure everything working the first time and to adjust position of seat/handlebars/stem etc second time. After the first loop my thumbs around the carpal tunnel really hurt so i took some advice off some other forum and the bars are now double wrapped and a pair of gloves with big gel pads on order.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:58 pm 
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Most of your pictures don't show (could be due to my pc).

Just want to say though that despite not doing a reto job I think you've really done it justice. Got a real nice old feel to it and you've colour coded nicely, although I can't see much red detail on that seat.

Edit: it was my pc they're there now :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:00 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Tel wrote:
Just want to say though that despite not doing a reto job I think you've really done it justice. Got a real nice old feel to it and you've colour coded nicely, although I can't see much red detail on that seat.



Thankyou, this is my first road bike. I had never ridden one before yesterday, let alone one from 1984 with downtube shifters!

When i ordered the saddle it was pictured as black with red lettering and red stripes at the front. Instead the one sent has white lettering and stripes, but it was half price and its a nice saddle so i cant complain too much.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Yes it looks fine. So how did you find you first time? Quicker than your mtb right!?

Regarding the discomfort in your hands; those hoods are notoriously uncomfortable and would be the first thing I'd replace personally. A nice pair of period Shimano levers on there, something like 105 aero.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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thanks for the advice. Can i just replace the hood or are the hoods specific to the brake lever design, i think i read somewhere that Hudz (?) are meant to be really comfortable...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:06 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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i know this will be met with some boos and hiss

But i have fitted some modern aero Tektro brake levers. i just wasnt getting on with the originals, they were too narrow and hurt my hands. the new ones are a lot more comfy. :)

also got some NOS 3TTT ergo bars and a 130mm stem which are lovely.


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