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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:35 am 
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Finally got round to putting the decals on and going for a brief ride.

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The down tube decal went on very well and I'm very pleased with it - however I made a complete hash of the seat tube decal so will order another one and do it properly. I really like the way it's come out. The only job left is to put the Urago badge on the head tube.

It was nice on the brief shakedown ride - fits me very well (always a bonus...) and feels light and responsive. The brakes feel strong but need to bed in a bit yet, and the gears work nicely too. Overall, very pleased with it.


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Very nice indeed, the white saddle and 'bar tape are definitely a top choice. I was going to ask what the little braze-on near the bottom of the seat stay was for but I see the rear mech cable goes through it. It looks like there's another little pip or something at the top of the seat stay too, what's that for?

I see a 531Pro tubing sticker but in 1979 it would have been called 531SL so presumably it had respray at some time. Is the front mech only slightly too big ie: designed for 28.6mm tubing against the metric 28mm seat tube possibly used on your frame?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Mark - many thanks. The "pip" at the top of the seat stay (sorry for the poor photos) is actually a flayed detail on the stay, shown better here:

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Wraparound seat stays were a breveted mark of Urago frames, although I now know that others (including Falcon) also used this design. It's possibly why I was told it was an Urago when I bought it.

The Reynolds sticker states that the frame has been re-enamelled:

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The front derailleur was only slightly too big so I think your suggestion about the tube sizes must be right. At any rate, the shim I tried to use wasn't the right thickness so I used a couple of turns of tape instead.


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Aha! Some nice details on that frame - thanks for the extra photos. The wrap-over looks to be sharp rather than the rounded type used by Carlton or the flat Rourke design so I guess no-one else should really ever use the Urago design.

It's a great looking bike, another "Flandria" themed machine which I'm starting to hanker after.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:20 am 
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Thanks Mark - strangely enough my first thought when I'd got the decals on and stood back to have a look was "Flandria".


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:56 am 
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The down-tube lever (on the right site) for the rear mech is placed a little bit odd to my opinion.


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dutchie wrote:
The down-tube lever (on the right site) for the rear mech is placed a little bit odd to my opinion.


It is - the photo was taken when I'd finished the ride, and I hadn't tightened it up enough before setting out, so wriggled it a bit to see how loose it was. I only spotted the angle once I'd taken the photo.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:40 pm 
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I had to shim a mavic front mech on my vitus 979.....

the amount of vitus's (viti?) with mavic groupsets...I would have thought they were made for each other!!!


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Woah, I love those Mavic parts! Cool. :)


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Urago 531
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Looks great Rich, let's see if some of this kit makes it way onto a Vitus ;-) never rode one of those concor saddles, so of the era nice :D


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