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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:15 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Of to the LBS for gears to be set up - beyond my experience sadly. Bar tape goes on when final brake lever positions decided.
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Looks OK doesn't it?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:23 pm 
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That looks amazing, what an excellent build thread and bike.

I look forward to hearing how it rides.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:36 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thank you Neil. Most kind. (The cheque's in the post)

But it has been an interesting build - it was serendipity; the bike wasn't really for sale at the time I stumbled across it. I can't honestly rememberhow I did so! It may have been the "it's going to a good home" approach that clinched the deal. (And the low price that set my head a'swivelling.)

I hope I've been as good as my word to the seller.

The bike may make an unannounced appearance at next year's Eddie Soens Memorial Race if I can convince my wife that it's worth motoring 200 miles for (and a night in a hotel) just for a bit of posing! Oh dear - I seem to have announced it...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:01 pm 
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Up and running at last. As expected, sadly it's too small for me (it's a 20.5"), but is a great, responsive and light ride (weighs in at just 25lbs). I said somewhere "hey, up with the saddle and away we go" but of course it's not just about that, The top tube is short as well, naturally, and the stem is too small and the bars (GB Maes) are too narrow and have had some cut off the hooks.

But it certainly looks well in my opinion and has repaid the work (not to mention the expense).

I think it would suit a small gent or lady of around five-two to five-six. I wonder if there's someone out there looking for a fully refurb'd small steed?

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 7:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Here she (he) is, complete with mudguards. Ready to go to market. I have no idea of what she's worth, do you? I thought around £300?

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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm 
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Great build thread and bike! First time I've seen a bottom bracket shell that has been welded in! You dealt with it well though.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:52 am 
Dirt Disciple

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SOS thank you. Yes the revelation of the welding came as quite a shock! I think that maybe the thread on the fixed cup side had become damaged and welding in the cup seemed to be the obvious solution. Nowadays, of course, there are alternative fixes by way of press fit bottom brackets and so on. I don't know how long they've been around? Probably not at the time when the damage was done.

But I had to accept that it had been done and the only way, to improve the look at least, was to get the "fettling gear" to work! I must say I am quite pleased how it knocked into shape - after painting the repair is invisible to all intents and purposes.

Of course, there's likely to be a knock on effect on the value of the bike sadly. Although I believe the repair - even as crude as it seemed - is very effective and unlikely to cause any problem in the future.


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:55 am 
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I doubt the repair will be an issue for thousands of miles yet, and let's be honest, even as excellent as the bike now looks, it will never cover that kind of mileage.


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