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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:46 am 
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Ok, I see it now, they are too high. I’ll get some more housing. And will get Mercian to add the HT transfer when I get this resprayed...


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:21 pm 
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Simon Masterson wrote:
Ok, I see it now, they are too high. I’ll get some more housing. And will get Mercian to add the HT transfer when I get this resprayed...


Good Man :)

This is one of mine - Roger Queen Replica build

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 Post subject: Re: Retro TT build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:49 pm 
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Simon Masterson wrote:
Hi all, thought it might be fun to document my new project here; I know there are other tester types around here that appreciate this sort of thing. I race TTs on modern (ish!) kit but also love retro steel bikes, and for some time have had a bit of a hankering for something to ride when I wish I was Alf...

All builds start with a frame. This little gem gave me the idea to do this, and it arrived on Friday.

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It's (thought to be) an Alec Bird built frame, apparently in 531. Paint's a bit tatty, but that's easily fixed. I was shocked by how light it is - <1700g for the frame; the fork is more typical at 750g. The only thing I don't like is the bottle bosses!

This is a very, very low budget project, at least in the short term. I'm also going for 'sympathetic' rather than '100% authentic' - I will be riding this in anger, and I plan to take it to the E2 or F11 some time next year to see what it's capable of. :)

Not sure if the Bird will take all the "Drillieum" like alfs Shorter Birdie used to produce a tidy testing frame


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 Post subject: Re: Retro TT build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:41 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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It’s better to take the route of a white bird similar to that of the CC Orpington Saba team used to ride like the photo of Mick Ballard posted earlier in the thread.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:34 am 
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I think I've mentioned before but white is Ken's signature colour, what Birds there are on the web bear this out. My current Bird build, a TT frame is being re-painted in its original porcelain white.

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 Post subject: Re: Retro TT build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:16 am 
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I have a 12 up 7 speed narrow Regina America dural block I would part with if of any use to any one


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:39 pm 
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Good info, thanks, I'd like to paint it an appropriate colour. Guessing that would be a plain white enamel rather than any metallic finishes?

Also, @Al, thanks, but assuming that even if narrow, a 7 speed would be 126 OLN rather than 120? This frame is the latter and I do not intend to increase the spacing.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Simon Masterson wrote:
Good info, thanks, I'd like to paint it an appropriate colour. Guessing that would be a plain white enamel rather than any metallic finishes?


Enamel yes.

If you pm me I'll advise you RAL codes to ensure authenticity - if that's what you're going for.

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