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 Post subject: My first restoration!
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:54 pm 
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My first restoration! :D

This is the first bike I have restored, although to be honest all it needed was a strip down, good clean and put back together.

It is a Romani from the late eighties or early nineties. I can’t find out much about them on the internet, but from what I have found they were a respected producer of bikes at all levels although they went out of business in the early nineties.

It is all original I think, save the brake hoods and saddle. I also replaced the bar tape, and brake cables and covers.

If anyone can tell me more about the bike I’d love to know more.

I bought the bike as a cheap way to get back into road cycling, planning to buy a nice shiny new bike at the end of the year if I was enjoying it, but now I think I have got the restoration bug! I am looking for my next project… :D

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 1:18 am 
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Looks really tidy :)


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 8:36 am 
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That's a nice-looking bike. 8) Haven't heard of Romani myself but it's always nice to see something different. It's also nice to see someone taking care of a bike that uses Exage or similar components.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 11:31 am 
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Romani were imported during the late 80's by Wielersport in Cantley near Doncaster. Here's part of an advert from a March '89 Cycling showing their range - and prices.

However, your model doesn't seem to be included as all the ones in the advert have chrome forks and internal rear brake cable. Perhaps it is a slightly later one, the unicrown fork possibly indicates this.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 12:40 pm 
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Many thanks for that info.

The Doncaster link makes sense as the chap I bought it from in Sheffield siad that he bought it from the original owner who lived in Doncaster, and as I live near Howden I don't think the bike has ever left the area!


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 7:03 pm 
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By 'eck, a right Yorkshire bike then :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 7:35 pm 
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A nice tight ride I'm sure.

Not familiar with the make either. That blue really looks good.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 11:52 am 
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Nice!


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