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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 9:20 pm 
Onnnne Huuuunnnndrreeed and Eigggghhhhty

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Hello
Since I've posted my MTB, I figured I should probably put up a pic of my recent build. It's an Argos 531 frame and forks I got off ebay for GBP35 with arrowhead lugs and Campag dropouts. The plan was for a cheap/rat bike I could leave locked in town and not worry about. Thing is, I'm not very good at doing the rat look...the paintwork was a mess, but the frame was in good order, so I took it to Bob Jackson in Leeds to get resprayed. The bloke I bought it off sent me an old Dura Ace seatpost a couple of days after the frame arrived ("I thought you might find this useful..." - top bloke!), picked up some old single speed wheels (Sachs-Maillard rear, Shimano 105 front, both on Mavic CX10s), found a NOS 3ttt stem, some super-cheap Campag cranks, some Nitto bullhorns etc (thanks to my brother for the Brooks, best birthday present in a long time) and here we are...
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Might well do something about the grip tape as it could do with a bit more absorbtion, but I'm chuffed to bits with it!

EDIT - a bit back to front, but I just found some 'before' shots - show off the lugs a bit better and how it looked as though someone had attacked the paint with wire wool!

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 11:24 pm 
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nice build! clean and simple. maybe it's just my fascination with simplicity but have you tried envisioning it with all black tyres?


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:18 am 
Onnnne Huuuunnnndrreeed and Eigggghhhhty

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Thanks for the kind words! I thought of all black tyres, but settled on white to lift it a bit - I quite like it looking modern, but tyres aren't forever, so who knows...


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 2:51 pm 
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Blimey that was cheap for an Argos frame regardless of condition. I think swapping out the black TT levers for silver handled ones would look better.


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 10:14 pm 
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The plan was for a cheap/rat bike I could leave locked in town and not worry about


Start worrying! That looks nice enough to pinch. Please post the location of where you leave it!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 10:27 pm 
Onnnne Huuuunnnndrreeed and Eigggghhhhty

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@otherself - I was pretty chuffed to win it for that, I must admit. And you're probably right about the levers, but I can live with them as they are; I'm still toying with the idea of running drops instead of the bullhorns, so if that happens I'll learn my lever lesson for then.

@Steve Kish - Thanks for the light-fingered compliment! As soon as I got the frame in my hands, I knew it deserved more and there was no way I could rat it. I'm slightly obsessive where neatness is concerned...


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