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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Hey Steven. Hail to the land of the cycling. Deal with a lot of Dutch racing bikes and am always pleased of the standard they are built to.

So what did you buy yourself?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:20 pm 
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I think you've just found my post of my Ribble road bike under the Readers' Road Bikes section :-)
I went for an English one this time!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:15 am 
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Location: London
Dan from West London...About to build myself up a retro (looking) steel bike suitable for everything, though with modern parts (particularly a hub gear!)

Seen some great advice on here (and even better bikes) so hopefully I may be able to share mine with you at some point.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:31 am 
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Hey Dan. Sounds like an interesting project. A steel bike suitable for everything! Now that sounds like a challenge.

What frame are you basing it around?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:53 pm 
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Location: West Mids
Hi I'm Stu, and I found this site whilst looking for some info for my old road bike, a Redditch built Townsend from the early eighties, not as "special" as a lot of the bikes on this website, it has 531 tubing, and is completely original. I am looking to swap the front single chainring to a double, to make it a bit more usable, and may well be asking a few questions to help me along. Loving the site already, there seems to be a lot of knowledgable people here, ready to help out.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:29 pm 
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Hi, I'm Andy. I've just bought a few older bikes - a Dawes Galaxy GT (apparently) though there are virtually no labels on it, a Carlton Corsair that I'm yet to collect and a Raleigh ladies bike. The Carlton will probably end up as a fixed gear, donating some of its bits to the Galaxy, unless it is in better condition than it appears to be.

The Raleigh is a puzzler but I'll start a thread on that in the main forum.

My normal day to day bike is a Surly Cross Check which is great.

Cheers
Andy


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:32 pm 
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Pound to a penny the ladies bike is a Misty :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:41 pm 
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Don't think so, it's not a mixte, but I'll do a google and check.

Just posted a photo in a separate thread.

Andy


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Hi, my name is John and I'm new to the forum (after lurking for a bit).

I've recently put my 25yr old Dawes Windsor back on the road (I was after a new bike and was going to use it to make sure I was happy with drop bars after years of riding MTBs). I didn't want anything made out of carbon and started to look at a few 'modern' retro-ish bikes and decided I might as well persevere with a real retro one as long as I could.

Basic spec:
Frame & Fork: 'Gas-pipe' steel
Colour: two tone brown - Dark brown & light brown
Wheels: 27x1.25"
Gears: Suntour Vx 5 speed rear [14-28], 52/40 chainrings, downtube friction shifters
Bars: Dawes 'Made in GB', brown bar tape
Brakes: Wienmann 'type 630' calipers with suicide levers

I have recently replaced the rear wheel with a new 27" with QR spindle for practical purposes, otherwise it's pretty much original (the original cromo-plastic guards were replaced with metal ones shortly after I bought it when they folded up between the wheel and fork).

Overall it runs quite well apart from a few rattles & squeaks. Most surprisingly I found I hadn't lost the knack of over shifting the lever and then backing it off so the change was 'just right'...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:16 pm 
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I like your style John, nothing better than breathing new life into an old steeler!

As for downtube shifters: a beautiful design that has yet to be improved upon...


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