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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:42 am 
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I have a classic British frame set from the early 1970's. About 5 years ago I tried to satisfy my desire for a new bike by modernizing it with new Shimano derailleurs, shifting brake levers, modern seat, new Look pedals. For me the bike lost all its character. I ended up getting a new bike and the classic, it's now in process of a total period restoration. It is about 90% complete, pix soon.


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I have a classic British frame set from the early 1970's. About 5 years ago I tried to satisfy my desire for a new bike by modernizing it with new Shimano derailleurs, shifting brake levers, modern seat, new Look pedals. For me the bike lost all its character. I ended up getting a new bike and the classic, it's now in process of a total period restoration. It is about 90% complete, pix soon.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:43 am 
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I've got a 1955 Viking Allrounder Junior that I'm looking to convert into a single speed, lightweight (it's small) daily commuter...just need to source some nice 26" wheels and all the other bits!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:22 pm 
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curyam wrote:
I have a classic British frame set from the early 1970's. About 5 years ago I tried to satisfy my desire for a new bike by modernizing it with new Shimano derailleurs, shifting brake levers, modern seat, new Look pedals. For me the bike lost all its character. I ended up getting a new bike and the classic, it's now in process of a total period restoration. It is about 90% complete, pix soon.


I have to say that I agree with you. I think there are certain styles of frames that just would not look right with modern running gear, although I'm not sure if it's age related.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:56 pm 
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I wonder if the NOS Kirk frame i have would look the part with a new record group set :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:18 pm 
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NOS Kirk


You have WHAT?

ZIPP wheel and SRAM Red. It's the only way to go :twisted:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:36 pm 
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Just built a Cinelli with all new bits:

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I think as long as it is done sympathetically there is no problem.

I've a clubmate who is building up a Giro pink Moser with 11 speed Athena.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:26 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
bagpuss wrote:
NOS Kirk


You have WHAT?

ZIPP wheel and SRAM Red. It's the only way to go :twisted:


Picture here.I have all the fittings and transfers for it as well 8)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 0942199566

One day i will get it built up. :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:31 pm 
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bagpuss wrote:
NeilM wrote:
bagpuss wrote:
NOS Kirk


You have WHAT?

ZIPP wheel and SRAM Red. It's the only way to go :twisted:


Picture here.I have all the fittings and transfers for it as well 8)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 0942199566

One day i will get it built up. :roll:


Nice. Not sure on the forks though.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:01 pm 
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Ohh nice! That's a Precision isn't it?

I think it would update well, provided the basic frame is OK. Even well cared for Kirk's can fall to bits.


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