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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:10 pm 
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I was talking to a customer the other day and he asked if I was interested in old bikes.
Today he came back to drop off a Falcon Team Banana that he said he would never get around to doing and wanted it to go to a good home.

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Frame is in reasonable condition, seat post not seized, I'm guessing the b/b will be. Most of the bits will probably end up not usable, the handlebars have actually rotted through under the tape on one side.

I'm not going for originality, I will clean it up and make it usable with some reasonable bits.


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Nice score, I had one of these as a teenager, would love another one.


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 Post subject: Re: Team Banana project.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:17 pm 
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I don't know how many decades it sat outside, but its not pretty.

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All moving parts are knackered.


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 Post subject: Re: Team Banana project.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:22 pm 
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I've been accumulating parts.
Amazingly the b/b came out with no resistance at all.
Done some cleaning and fitted some new Nitto Randonneur bars and some newer brake levers.

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 Post subject: Re: Team Banana project.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:05 am 
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That's the rottiest set of bars I've seen, was it stored with that side in a pond?

What are you going to do with it? just get it back working? Or a bit more of a restoration?


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 Post subject: Re: Team Banana project.
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:04 pm 
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That's the rottiest set of bars I've seen, was it stored with that side in a pond?

What are you going to do with it? just get it back working? Or a bit more of a restoration?


I'm just getting it working and will use it as a winter road bike.

The frame and paint work has cleaned up surprisingly well. I sorted the b/b today and its now back in and running nice and smooth.
New cassette, chain and rear mech fitted, along with an Ultegra rear hub/Open pro rim.

Just need to sort front wheel, fit the 105 brakes (cheers Benjabbi) do the cables and tape the bars.
Quite looking forward to riding it.


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 Post subject: Re: Team Banana project.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:58 pm 
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Never seen a pair of 'bars rot like that! Hope the rest of it is OK under the paint!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:06 pm 
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That's it. All done, probably the quickest I have ever got through a project.
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In the end, I have used parts from the 105 brakes to sort the original brakes, and I have re used the original front derailleur for now.
Hopefully I will get to ride it over Easter.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:36 pm 
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I don't know what the odds where, and I cant remember who it was that I bought it from.
At Mountain Mayhem, a single front wheel was for sale, Ultegra hub and Open Pro rim.

Now I have a matching set, the bike is looking pretty smart, rolls nice and its a pleasure to spend time on. I don't ride it that often, but try and get out on it at least once a week. Next time its clean I will try some better photos


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