Rare 1989 hand-built UK classic, Rod's new abode don't got no room so I am having to cut down!
Build thread here (including more images): http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... p;t=142839Spec is:
Fillet brazed by Swallow frame and forks, drum brake specific, 3 bottle mounts, pump pegs, front and rear rack mounts, 16" seat tube, 27.0 seat post
Shimano M730 XT levers, thumbies, front mech, rear mech, pedals, chainset, headset
Wheels are 1989 stamped Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs laced to Mavic Rando M4 rims
Swallow seat post, battered yellow Turbo saddle, Nitto stem, original sweepy alloy bar.
Following bits were new about 50 miles ago: KMC chain, Shimano UN5* BB, period 6 speed Shimano freewheel, all cables, Michelin Taiga folding tyres.
Just installed a brand new set of laser cut decals supplied by Swallow in yellow.
* pictured Turbo is not included, nor is the yellow cage!
Bike changes gear well and stops OK, brakes are better with the M730 4 finger levers, but still not all that. Bike is heavy, but planted, I like the way it handles with the short-ish stem and wide, sweepy bar, pretty modern feeling.£600 OBO in the UK, I'd prefer it collected, then you can see it for yourself.