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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:42 am 
Devout Dirtbag

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Nearing the end of a Pace RC200 rebuild, I was looking for my winter project.

I've just bought a year 2000 Principia Rex Pro, part of the Linda McCartney pro race team. As they didn't do replicas this must have been a team bike.

While the frame/forks are sound, the former is quite tatty. Actually, very tatty.

My dillemma is should I get it stripped, resparayed, get some new decals made and have it all clearcoated i.e. a full restoration. It would mean a lot to me because Spencer Smith and Max Sciandri (who both rode for the team) are heroes! Or should I leave it as is because that refelects the bike's life experience.

Either way it will be built up using period Dura Ace/ITM parts.

Thoughts anyone?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:45 am 
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Can you post up some pics so we can all have a look before deciding?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:15 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Retroboy wrote:
Can you post up some pics so we can all have a look before deciding?

Would help...
Above the normal age/use related issues, there is large bald patch where the front mech fixes and what is less visible is that there is about 10cm of badly bubbling paint at the base of the down tube.

The decals on the non-camera side are also peeling off through the topcoat.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:34 pm 
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Looks fine to me.
Would never re paint my old road bike.
Another option would be someone like Atlantic Boulevard who may be able to do a good job touching up.
I have considered this.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:24 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Thanks jerome, I've contacted them to talk through my options...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:31 pm 
Old School Hero

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Get the book here.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Team-Run-McCart ... 1840187824
Think I remember reading this..


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:15 pm 
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If I remember, Principa frames were very light very stiff and quite a few failed, due to the coke can thin tubes.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:24 pm 
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Jerome wrote:
Get the book here.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Team-Run-McCart ... 1840187824
Think I remember reading this..


I used to work with John Deering at (dare I say it?) Halfords when I was a youngster. The book's a biography of the team mixed with a fair amount of humour and definitely worth a read if you're into professional cycling.

Edit: Oh yeah, I meant to say I'd leave it as is or get it touched up but don't do a complete restore job on it. The battle scars are part of it's charm as an ex-pro's bike.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:15 am 
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Very nice bike the Rex, I had one on test in 2001 , but went for the compact RS6 Pro, virtually same frame... but climbed better.. absolutely beautiful bikes to ride, here's my RS6 pro.. :)

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I'd leave it as is or get it touched up but don't do a complete restore job on it. The battle scars are part of it's charm as an ex-pro's bike.


Agreed... :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:21 am 
Devout Dirtbag

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Very nice in black...cool wheels too.


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