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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:30 pm 
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I think this is an early MX Leader, both from the frame number and the absence of gear cable guides on the lug at the top of the downtube.


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:36 pm 
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nice :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:39 pm 
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I have used a mixture of pre and post 1995 Campagnolo parts some Chorus but mostly Record. The rear mech is a spare Record OR which I had lying unused which gives the option of using a larger rear cog than 26 teeth.

I will probably put Ergo levers on it sooner or later but I used downtube shifters today to save time building and let me ride it before daylight ran out.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 7:19 am 
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That's a beautiful bike. 8) I'd change the bar tape but that's all. I wouldn't even replace the down tube shifters with brifters if it was mine.

But it isn't... :(


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 8:41 pm 
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Yeah the bar tape is a bit 'Brian Dowling'. Would look better in black.


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:18 pm 
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very nice! I wish the bits I have just lying around included stuff like record OR mechs :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:22 pm 
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Thanks for the kind comments. I chose the pink bar tape to pick out the pink in the frame but it does not quite work. It looks better in real life than in the photo so I will not change it until it gets dirty.


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 3:14 am 
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Merlin wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments. I chose the pink bar tape to pick out the pink in the frame but it does not quite work. It looks better in real life than in the photo so I will not change it until it gets dirty.


I disagree with above comments - the pink bar tape is nice and works well. If it was still the mid-nineties, you'd be able to get some lovely Ambrosio bar tape that was a fade of pink to purple, and would have been ace on your Merckx.

Beautiful bike...I'm jealous !


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:36 pm 
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1988_Ben wrote:
Merlin wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments. I chose the pink bar tape to pick out the pink in the frame but it does not quite work. It looks better in real life than in the photo so I will not change it until it gets dirty.


I disagree with above comments - the pink bar tape is nice and works well. If it was still the mid-nineties, you'd be able to get some lovely Ambrosio bar tape that was a fade of pink to purple, and would have been ace on your Merckx.

Beautiful bike...I'm jealous !


+1 from me. I like the pink tape. Perhaps it's my feminine side showing :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 3:33 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
1988_Ben wrote:
Merlin wrote:
Thanks for the kind comments. I chose the pink bar tape to pick out the pink in the frame but it does not quite work. It looks better in real life than in the photo so I will not change it until it gets dirty.


I disagree with above comments - the pink bar tape is nice and works well. If it was still the mid-nineties, you'd be able to get some lovely Ambrosio bar tape that was a fade of pink to purple, and would have been ace on your Merckx.

Beautiful bike...I'm jealous !


+1 from me. I like the pink tape. Perhaps it's my feminine side showing :roll:


Hmm.... Old Ned, you have a pink Buzz lo-pro, you like the pink 'bar tape and you made me race in a pink top!

Nice bike Merlin regardless of 'bar tape colour. I agree with keeping the downtube shifters though.

Mark.


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