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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:50 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Well im after a bit of advice on what what bike i have here & any impho on it would be very welcome.
Im green around the gills when it comes to road bikes but Ive fancied one for a while & saw this outside a shop at my sort of price & i couldn't resist.
It looks to be hardly used & has 531 decals on the F&F but it also has Campagnolo stamped on the cable guide & columbus on the rear dropout :?

I have read a bit about the connection between Dave Yates & Gosforth bikes ..... can anyone shed any light on this bike , Any thoughts how old it might be ??

Thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:22 pm 
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M Steel, Dave Yates are from the same frame building workshop in Gosforth. MSteel had a reputation for building the Rolls Royces of touring bikes. Dave Yates was usually on MTBs, although the great man himself now lives in East Anglia and largely builds tourers these days.

It looks to me to be late 1980's. It will be a great all-rounder as it has mudguard eyes nad enough space for guards in the winter. A perfect machine for long days in the saddle. Ridden a century yet? It's the perfect machine for it.

You have a wonderful bike built with great attention to detail....enjoy. I'm jealous!
...and if you are ever selling... :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:36 pm 
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They made frames under the name "Joe Waugh" brand as well. Very, very tidy and perfectly aligned frames. They peaked in the 80's and 90's with several national records to their name. Dave went separate ways in 2005, moving his frame business to Lincolnshire.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:22 pm 
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I was sure there was a third name but for the life of me couldn't remember who..thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:20 pm 
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Lovely little bike, enjoy it!

Joe Waugh was a top road racer in the 80's until he was involved in a serious accident which nearly crippled him. Took him a while to get better but never really rode a bike again in anger. A great pity all round.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:19 pm 
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Thanks for the replies esp Hamster, great to know it is regarded so high ..... It looked a quality bike to me but as i say I'm new to all this..... I thought it might be early 90s but to find it is an 80s bike is even better ... The seat is dated 87 underneath so i guess it all ties in.
Need to get a longer stem on it as it feels a bit short at the moment but im only 5ft 8in anyway so i don't need a big bike.

Me = V happy :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:55 pm 
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5ft8? Wouldn't a 54 be better for you?


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