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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:19 pm 
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Joined: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:11 pm
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Location: cornwall
Probably like the rest of you, I put the restoration to one side for a few days and a pile of other stuff gets in the way. Well now I can say its finished ALMOST! When some spare cash comes in Aztec brake blocks and perhaps a Spa Cycles swallow look alike saddle.

I still have a nutrak 19 mm and 20 mm tyre with some wear left but due to their age and the state of the local Cornish roads (potholes linked by rough tarmac) I would probably burst them in 10 miles. So some rubino pro's with honey side tread have been fitted, from a distance they look a bit gumwall-ish.

I redid the DIY brake hoods and they are passable, again from a distance. If I redo them again I would possibly use the big Lidel blister plasters underneath for a bit of padding.

The paint matches under some light but the miss match can stand out in dull light but as the seat tube was not that bad I wanted to keep some original paint if possible. Now wait for the response from the keep original and total repaint corners. Decals I distressed in the graphics program to make them look a bit worn perhaps I should of faded them a bit more to match the seat tube originals.

Next project/s already lined up our old Townsend 531 trails which I just brought back from France as they are starting to look very rough. The frames are getting rusty, this will have to be a very quick restoration as they will be going back out to France at the end of July, strip blast frames simple repaint with some very old synthetic car paint I have had laying around for years. Other than new cables not a lot else will be done as they have already had new bb, cassettes/chains and rear gripshift fitted.
Photo to follow I took them at too high a pixel count so will have to reduce them or take lower resolution pics.


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 7:34 am 
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Joined: Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:41 am
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Location: SW Scotland
good compromise I reckon, bike looks a treat, is protected for another couple decades, and you've still got the original look and even transfers in places. Top marks!


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:09 am 
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Just love that colour.


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Photo's as promised


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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:48 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 8:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:25 pm 
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Bike looks lovely - and I agree about the tyres! Nice.

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 8:37 pm 
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Thanks for all the positive comments gents once I get over the Dartmoor Classic on the 23 June I will start getting some miles on the hirame if I can still bend that low.

posting a picture of my next projects (quick frame restoration) on the MTB section Trail531.
They have a definite date for being finished.

Cheers
Phil


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:09 pm 
retrobike rider
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Location: cornwall
My Dirty Jo road bike had a flat so I took the Hirame out for a 12 mile loop, first time since before the rebuild, apart from around the car park in 2-3 years.

What a treat the ride is so much better than the two alloy/carbon fork modern bikes I have. The MBK RD200 also has vittoria rubino pros fitted this has the harshest ride of all, with the Dirty Jo fitted with Michelin intensives about a third down towards the MBK on harshness. I did not think I would notice that much difference, if I had lower gears on it I would seriously consider it for the Dartmoor Classic on the 23 of this month but with the lowest gear being 42-25 it would kill my knees on the hills.

Cheers

Phil


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