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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:14 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:39 pm
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Hi, my name is Jim and I'm an alcoholic..... no, wait, that's another group, sorry.

Returned to serious(ish) riding when I retired at the end of March (just at the start of the covid lock down - great timing). Many years ago I worked in the bike trade, both in retail and manufacturing before moving into IT and sticking there for far too many years. Anyway, I'm back to riding my bike again (a 1999 Colnago Master Olympic which replaced a 1983 Colnago Super Profil after it lost out to a Mondeo one evening) - I think I've covered more miles over the last 5 months than I have done in the last 20 years.
I'm also under orders to 'tidy' our loft and garage so there could well be some 1980s kit appearing in the sale ads at some point.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:10 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:03 pm
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Welcome aboard Jim
Get some pictures up in the readers rides section and tell us a bit more :)

Jamie


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:26 am 
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Joined: Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:05 am
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Hi. I've been cycling for over 30 years so most of my bikes are retro apparently. I got into cycling seriously in the early 90s, so I've ended up with a Rory O'Brien, Specialized Rockhopper, KHS Crest and a Brompton from that decade. All steel. Lovely.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:03 am 
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Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:06 am
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Location: Oxfordshire, UK
Hi, I’ve had a bicycle since I was a kid, and despite a bit of a lull when the kids were younger I have got back into it. I’ve some lovely modern bikes, but also have my Falcon Black Diamond that I used to cycle to school. I’ve just decided to do it up after 40 years of neglect.

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https://falconrestorebike.wordpress.com/


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:19 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:28 pm
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Great work on the Black Diamond. Glad you are sticking to the original spec. The metal headtube badge was replaced by the foil badges in about 1978. 1977 seems to be consistently metal badge and 1979 foil.

What year is your machine? If you want it to be period correct you will need to go with the foil badge and they are still available from H Lloyd

https://h-lloyd-cycles.myshopify.com/co ... ll?page=31

You will find Autosol pretty good for polishing, especially aluminium. Needs loads of elbow grease and patience!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:51 pm 
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Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:06 am
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Location: Oxfordshire, UK
I think it’s a 1977 or 78. I’m not sure, but I do remember having it at secondary school (before 6th Form), but I’m not exactly sure when.

I’ve found most of the decals at H Lloyd, but they didn’t have the chain stay ones. I’ve sent them the details and hopefully they can reproduce them.

When using Autosol on aluminium parts (crank, brake caliper and levers) is it best to use the normal version, or or the aluminium polish, or anodised aluminium polish?


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