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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:26 am 
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The bar tape is the only thing I don't like about this otherwise spectacular bike.

If you are going to take it off anyway, I would suggest replacing the Brooks
with some dark green tape to match some of the other details on the bike.
Cotton tape would probably be period correct for this, but maybe you could
get away with something like Fizik tape which might be more practical.

Never been a fan of the Brooks leather tape - did people ever use leather bar tape back in the day, or is it just an anachronism Brooks have introduced themselves?

Anyway, the rest of the bike seems perfect to me, congratulations on the restoration.

Johnny


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:34 am 
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riddim-track wrote:
Looks very nice, how was it before you got stuck in?


Picture of when I bought it home.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74418119@N ... 234203967/


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:52 am 
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WOW!

Lovely, lovely bike, but if you were restoring it, didn't you want to get the chain and seat stays straightened? :twisted:


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:30 pm 
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You could try a cotton bar tape in a harlequin pattern then shellacked, green with contrasting burgundy :)

Something like this:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7239 ... 5fd0_c.jpg

It's a :evil: to do though!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Robbied196 wrote:
You could try a cotton bar tape in a harlequin pattern then shellacked, green with contrasting burgundy :)

Something like this:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/7239 ... 5fd0_c.jpg

It a :evil: to do though!


+1 on this idea :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:10 pm 
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-1 on that idea

Plain cotton bar tape would look more classy


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:50 pm 
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Hmm.
Can't find a darkish green cloth tape{ have even raided the wifes sewing box :lol: } .Brooks do a nice green leather tape :shock: :roll: :wink: :?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:44 pm 
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This any good?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-VINTAGE-GRE ... 1c2a9d0180


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Johnsqual wrote:


Ideal but $19.00 postage for a $ 7 item :shock: :?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:08 pm 
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That 'retro' leather bar tape spoils it and is out of place on an actual old bike.


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