Hi folks,first post on this site so please be gentle.
Quick question for shawnb: Could you please point me in the direction(link or shop name) of where you managed to get the Iscaselle saddle and what hoods did you replace the black ones with?
I've spent the past week looking for a replacement saddle and have nearly given up the search and was leaning towards a San Marco Concor as a make do substitute. Did you change out the levers or find hoods that fit the originals? I know ax hoods are next to impossible to find.
Any info you may care to share would be gratefully appreciated.
Picked up my Road Ace last weekend for just over £200. Serial no:WP3003597.
Spent about 20 years stored indoors without use.It's nearly cleaner than the one I rode back in the 80's. Saddle and hoods need a refresh,replace bar tape,seat tube+top tube decals and spend stupid money on a bottle and I'll be happy.
Hi there, nice bike you have there! great to see a few original ones popping up.
Where to start! Basically the saddle was pot luck, on Italian ebay with a buy it now price of 74euros. It wasn't actually all good though, the seat was nos but biege! a pot of mid blue suede dye sorted that though and it looks like it's always been blue
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300659685778? ... 1439.l2649
same seat, honest
Regarding the hoods, they are not ax ones but '80's sis ones that fit perfect and are an off white/light grey colour. I will keep an eye out for the right ax ones but from what I can see the originals are grey. On ebay 600ax hoods are gum coloured standard:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-600AX ... 3374518e23
You have to look out for the dura ace ax ones as they appear to come with the grey hoods:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Shima ... 43aea4f084
I guess in the design dept they thought the gum wouldn't work with the bike colour so specefied dura ace grey hoods for the bike??
The decals you may have some problem with, I nearly bought another road ace before this and it was missing some decals, I contacted H Lloyd and he doesn't make any of the road ace ones unfortunately. A member on here did have the 'handbuilt in england' measured up and emailed me the copy that you could give to a vinyl / sticker shop??
The bottles.... again good luck!!!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251026702707? ... 1438.l2649
Interesting to see your bike was made in November 1983 as the '83 models didn't have the 'shot-in' seat stays but the '84 models did so yours was a late build ready for the '84 model year
All well worth the hassle though
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