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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:20 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Finally finished putting everything back together again this weekend. Tuning and adjusting of gears and brakes done and the bike is finished. Took it for a spin this morning and it feels great, very responsive, much tighter and more nimble than it was before - I'm sure its just because of me tightening and greasing everything more than ever before!!

Im really happy with it, ended up ordering the decals from a printers in Farringdon near where I work, but they couldn't do them, so I am still on the hunt for them. Otherwise its all finished!!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:26 pm 
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That looks very nice


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 6:35 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks a lot! I'm really happy with how it's turned out.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:54 pm 
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Nearly there...that sadlle needs to go back a tad and the bottom part of the bars needs to be horizontal to the groung.

De riguer pour le tour cyclist!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:42 am 
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Bit harsh on the bar front IMHO :)

It's not always possible to get the lower part of the bars horizontal to the ground as it depends on the make of bar.

In a perfect world the top part of the bar would mirror the angle of the stem and the lower part be parallel with the ground.... Road stems were always a little less angled than track stems so from a cosmetic point of view the road set usually had the bars angled to the road surface....

When I built bikes in the 70's I would usually follow the angle of the stem as if I didn't it looked like the bars were hanging off the stem downward rather than a projection of the stem....

Does that make sense ??

Shaun


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:42 pm 
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Lovely bike, I've got a BE catalogue but it must be after the date of this as it doesn't appear in there.

Fit the bars as YOU find them comfortable - within reason though. They look OK to me, having them parallel to the ground may give you sore/cramped hands - and it still looks wrong. Mind you, didn't bother Sean Yates much, he rode with them with the grips pointing up a bit :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:33 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
Lovely bike, I've got a BE catalogue but it must be after the date of this as it doesn't appear in there.

Fit the bars as YOU find them comfortable - within reason though. They look OK to me, having them parallel to the ground may give you sore/cramped hands - and it still looks wrong. Mind you, didn't bother Sean Yates much, he rode with them with the grips pointing up a bit :shock:


True, but he had all sorts of weird elements in his position to compensate for (I believe) his twisted body (no offence to Mr. Yates).

I think having the bottom of the 'bars parallel to the ground doesn't look quite right, I like a slight tilt myself.

Mark.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:31 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the comments.

I'm planning on going out on Saturday so will be able to gauge what feels comfortable after a bit of a ride, so we shall see!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:03 am 
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I missed the post clean up pictures. Lovely looking bike - I really like the graphics, and I'm so chuffed you kept it badged as a British Eagle. It is the anti-Specialized Allez - you can be sure you'll never see wnother one.

How are you getting on with it? :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:39 am 
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Nice ,I raced on one of these frames for a season back in the early 90's


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