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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:00 pm 
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To fund a road bike, I need to shift a bike or two, and as this Proflex is too small for me, it may as well be the starter for ten!

It's a 16" (BB centre to top tube centre) or 18" (BB centre to top of seat tube) frame, and would suit someone shorter than 5'9" - ish, or someone who likes the head down, bum in the air old school riding style.

I bought it as a frame and forks in 'battered red' (official colour?) with rock hard, yet melted elastomers a few years ago, and lovingly nitromor'd it until my skin fell off, then spent weeks at the bench polisher to bring the frame up nice and shiny. The forks were completely stripped, and some adaptors made (from 6082T6 so nice and strong) to suit the air shock you see fitted. The legs were given the bench polisher treatment to remove surface scratches, and it all bolted back together using titanium caphead screws and titanium canti bosses - just for bling :)

The rear suspension duties are carried out by the classic 'Landrover shock bushes' modification and work OK - probably as well as the original!

The Middleburns were a bit ratty when I bought them, and had a pretty awful faded gold spider, so that, the brake levers and the adjusters were sent to be anodised 90's purple - for reminicence sake. While the spider was away, I wore off the ends of my fingers at the polisher with the crank arms until they were chrome like in appearance. I think it's a UN71 BB in there, it's new anyway!

The rear mech is a (yes, you guessed it - polished!) XC Pro, with XC Pro shifter. I have an XC Pro front shifter too, not fitted as I don't have a front mech which fits(!) however, I'll provide the shifter, plus the granny and big ring (both unused) to complete the set of three superb Stronglight rings - you just need to find a mech that fits! The big ring is drilled and looks very cool!

Brake levers are XC Pro to continue the Suntour controls theme like I had on my 750. Bars are MoDoLo Navajo and bar ends are Fred Salmon - more purple goodness. At the other end of the brake cables are Diacompe 987's.

Wheels are Weinmann ZAC19, near new, with a GT hub up front and a Parallax at the back. The cassette is a Shimano mid-group, cant remember which, but it's also only got probably 20 miles on. As I said earlier, the bike is too small for me.

I built it to ride, so it isn't completely 'period', but it does nod in the direction of the old days with it's lovely Suntour bits and it's purpleness, but for a smaller person, it's eminently useable.

I'd like £250 - I expect I'd easily get that on the 'bay as Vectors go for silly money sometimes. I'd prefer not to break it right now, but we'll see how things go. I'd also take a relaxed geometry road bike in a size somewhere near 54 - ish? Would prefer pick up but will consider boxing it up and sending at cost if it's absolutely necessary.

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Some pics last Spring (first ride)

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The big ring!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:33 pm 
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great price and great work, looks the baws 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:13 pm 
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That is lovely 8)

Love the anno XC pro levers :)

Bargain too GLWS


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:16 pm 
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Might be a bit on the small side, so can you tell me measurement c b/b to saddle top (along where the seat tube would be!)? Thanks.

It's lovely!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:32 pm 
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Dave, not sure I understand the measurement you want. Centre of BB to seat top where it is now?

Currently, this measurement is 28.5".

For interest, the centre of seat tube (top of seat tube) to centre of bars is 25". This is important as you cant change the stem as it's part of the Vector fork assembly.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:03 pm 
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Thanks - you got what I meant - and it's about what I guessed! I ride with just a 1/2" or so less - which would make the saddle considerably higher than the 'bars and my aging back needs the two about level.

A long way of saying "sadly too small". VERY sadly.

GLWS - it's really beautiful IMO.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:21 pm 
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Yeah, same for me. At 47 y/o, I'm not as flexible as I was when I had my 750 (in about '92 I think!)

My 750 was an 'arse in the air' all out racer, which was fantastic back in the day (my first bike to hit 50mph downhill over at a newly opened Coed y Brenin)... and here it is! I later polished this frame up and purplised it too! :D

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"At 47 y/o,"

A mere yoof, then, against my Beatle lyric years!!!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:27 am 
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Possibly sold - pending sorting out shipping and payment.


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that looks great!!! :D


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