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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:29 am 
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Hi all,

Road cycling is my main hobby, and I have a modern bike that I have used extensively over the summer. My plan was to build a winter hack for as little money as possible. I purchased this poorly resprayed unknown make off ebay for £26. Its a complete bike minus the wheels, but I have a spare set of wheels in the shed. The plan is to give it a bit of TLC, in the form of a strip down, clean, frame respray etc and I'm planning to rebuild with a vintage look.

Once the frame arrives I will post some better pictures and maybe when I start rubbing the frame down it will reveal it's true identity! Not knowing much about vintage bikes I think it looks more 90's than 80's. What do you reckon?

PS I really enjoyed looking through the readers rides section. Some of you have lovely looking bikes! That gave me the motivation to not just chuck a set of wheels and mud guards on this, but to give it a bit of care and attention!

Nathan


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:56 am 
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nathanm26 wrote:

Once the frame arrives I will post some better pictures and maybe when I start rubbing the frame down it will reveal it's true identity! Not knowing much about vintage bikes I think it looks more 90's than 80's. What do you reckon?



From the pics, it is difficult to tell much about the bike, but it has interesting lugs - I wonder if they are bonded ? I also note, that the cable runs inside the top tube. It looks (to my eyes), rather like a Vitus frame.

IMO, this wasn't/isn't a 'cheapo' frame. I'd guess that this dates between 1988-1993; but no doubt, others will be along in a while, who can give a more accurate opinion.

I find that projects like this can be very enjoyable - hope you find it rewarding.

More pics, please !!!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:25 pm 
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Pics not good on my monitor but it's got a "Raleigh Dynatech" look about it LOL

Shaun


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:50 pm 
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Hi Guys,

thanks for the replies! Yes, I did notice the internal cable routing on the top tube, which of course is generally found on modern frames of the premium variety. I guess given the tatty nature of the picture and the condition of the bike I assumed it was a budget frame. I'm really hoping there will be some clues as to the make of the bike, and if possible I would like to give it it's rightful name back. I will check out Vitus and Raleigh in the meantime.

So...maybe this will turn out to be £26 very well spent! :D

I stripped down and resprayed my alu frame on my "good bike" so I am happy to dive straight into this project and get creative.

I will certainly post more pics when it arrives (can't wait) and will more than likely start a build thread.

My brother arrives from Canada on 24th Dec and I'm planning on us doing a few rides together (I'll take this and he can have my other bike) so I might just get it road worthy first, and then commence strip down and rebuild in the new year.

N


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:45 pm 
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Midlife wrote:

Pics not good on my monitor but it's got a "Raleigh Dynatech" look about it LOL

Shaun


Yeah, I reckon that you're probably right Shaun . . . good buy for the money.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Defo a Dyna Tech, i've got one too :)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:22 pm 
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:D

Well I'm chuffed after looking at pictures of DynaTechs on the interweb! It's a nice looking bike.

How much would they have retailed for when new?

N


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:27 pm 
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Ah, the best laid plans...

I bought an '86 Peugeot off eBay for £40, precisely to use to go to the pub, the station, round friend's houses and so on. It was to be the £100 hackbike.

I could have spent £59 on it, and made it perfectly usable and undesirable to pinch...

That's exactly what they were expecting me to do. (They being her indoors mainly)

So I foxed the lot of them by blowing cough-hundred and cough-ty quid, making it entirely unsuitable to leave anywhere.

Looks nice though.

Good luck!

Oh, regards internal cable runs - my Peugeot has that. It's an Elite, and I wouldn't really call it premium. I presumed the hole at either end was a left over from the top tube's previous life in a church organ... it's certainly heavy enough.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:38 pm 
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Haha!

That sounds familiar and is exactly what I have done with my current steed. I've lost count of the amount I've spent on it. And while my wife is under the impression this bike will get a set of wheels and be "finished" it's really just beginning...

8)

N


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:31 am 
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dynamicbrick wrote:
Ah, the best laid plans...

That's exactly what they were expecting me to do. (They being her indoors mainly)

So I foxed the lot of them by blowing cough-hundred and cough-ty quid, making it entirely unsuitable to leave anywhere.



This is my life, too !

I must be living a parallel existence elsewhere :)

. . . and so must my wife. :)


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