Since the weather has been so bad today and I was supposed to be camping, its allowed me to have a full day working on the new Criterium.
Ive repacked the BB and Head races as well as degreasing the frame and all the components. Fitted new bar tape, white cloth type. the original stuff would have been that dreadful textured plastic stuff that used to pervade machines in the 1970s... Ill have to keep my hands clean using this stuff!
The frame has also been shampooed and waxed. I need to sort some new seat tube graphics, but apart from that Im keep the frame as is, marks and all!
Brake have been degresed and polished before reassembly. Ive also fitted better hooded Carlton levers. Brakes by the way were date stamped 1975.
Ill make a start on the wheels and hubs tomorrow, the Maillard large flange hubs will take a bit of cleaning as will the spokes and rims. Cleaned and regreased the QR skewers.
The chainwheel is a 42/52 tooth affair.
The original quill pedals will be fitted with new toeclips and straps
Ive cleaned and fitted the Huret Svelto rear mech, the red jockey wheeled versions always look a little more attractive I think and add a nice visual appeal.
The Weinmann Vanquer 999 brakes are effective stoppers once adjusted and set up correctly.
New Tressorex white cloth bar tape...