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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:14 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:05 pm
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Location: Wales
Goldie,

Thanks for that. The feeling I get from using the bike tells me it's well made and good quality, but it's nice to know for sure. Certainly, mine is the bottom of the range, but I believe it would have been quite expensive, even so!

I was thinking of changing out the steel rear mech, but it works so well, it would be a shame to. I can't imagine anyone else wanting it!

Which Claud do you have?

I have confidently dated mine to around '81 as most of the components are stamped '80


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:46 pm 
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Joined: Tue May 11, 2010 4:13 pm
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Location: Scarborough
Hmmm... I've had four. This one's the keeper - 1969/70 Electron Super Fve:

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These two passed through:

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And I've got a 1963 frame in the cellar that I'm collecting parts for. I really do love these things...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:03 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:05 pm
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Location: Wales
Oo those are lovely bikes! The paint is beautiful!

Pleased I haven't yet seen a Claud in 70s brown, all the colours are eye catching without being disturbing.

Is the greenish one an Electra too? I can't believe that you have a machine that is 40 years old, that looks as though it was new in the shop earlier today. Amazing!
Have you kept your newest one to the original spec, or did you go for better parts where possible?

I will be interested to see how your 60s model progresses



I have put some nice centrepulls on mine and have some rather fancy alloy mudguards to go on after the weekend :)
Once I have some fancy bar tape and decent brake levers, I will go back to drop bars too, I think.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:07 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: Wales
So I went wild and got the weinmann centre pull brakes fitted and some extra-long VO alloy mudguards. Very nice to ride when the roads are wet, and ever-so stylish.

I notice the tyres (which are almost certainly original) have started to split. Only 30 years old, and already perished.

"Stuff isn't made like what it was"

Anybody any ideas about the difference between
Weinmann Vanquieur 999 with red label and red plastic trim and Weinmann Vanquier with black label and black plastic trim? Just curious. They look pretty similar, at a glance.

The 999 and the blood red colour may not appear auspicious to some, I suppose.
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Shopping list: New leather for brooks saddle; Tyres; Brake levers (nice ones); Bar tape.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:17 am 
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If the main frame is 531 then I'd say a 79 Majestic, can't see a Reynolds sticker on the frame from the photos though.

I had an 81 Majestic and your logo looks older.


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