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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:53 pm 
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As purchased on eBay - original but tired.

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Stripped and ready for paint. All came apart without dramas.

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One expensive paintjob and a few new bits later:

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She's chuffed!

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Good little bikes these... was a fun project and I think it's going to be well loved.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:41 pm 
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I got me one of these for the boy, took a clean, rear mech thst worked and everything adjusting and job dine. Not as tidy as yours though!
Only bad point I found really was no cable routing for front mech, I reckon by the time they are this sort of size the kids could benefit from a few lower gears!

Nice job there, Looks a treat.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:14 pm 
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RickTheUncivil wrote:
I got me one of these for the boy, took a clean, rear mech thst worked and everything adjusting and job dine. Not as tidy as yours though!
Only bad point I found really was no cable routing for front mech, I reckon by the time they are this sort of size the kids could benefit from a few lower gears!

Nice job there, Looks a treat.


Thanks! :D

Re the gears, it's not all that hilly round here, and to be honest she's only just getting to grips with riding a bike at all... let alone gears. So with that in mind (and the fact that I had the bits) this got downgraded to a 5 speed.

What I did do was bin the old steel cranks and replace them with an alloy Islabike chainset off a Beinn 20 large. That means the cranks are shorter (and better proportioned for a kid) and also the overall gearing is lower. I reckon if anything she'll end up needing a longer high gear, but as I say, we're a long way from that point now, and by the time we get there it'll probably get handed down to her younger brother.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:03 pm 
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