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 Post subject: 1964 Witcomb
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:19 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Having bought it from a retiree four years ago, I've finally started to get this together. Was actually thinking of selling it back in July '10, see page 7 of "Road bike, how much" thread.

Managed to speak last year with Barry Witcomb who built it, he confirmed it was made in January 1964 and was the "Professionale" model. I've managed to get hold of a 1963 Witcomb catalogue with the model listed and gathered some parts that could have been fitted originally, along with little extras that were specified on Witcomb cycles at the time - Coloured cables (Ribbed green), contrasting cloth tape, contrasting Bluemels mudguards etc.

Flat enamel green when purchased, although under the headbadge the headtube was black. Went for Flam Ruby and added olympic ring decals that would have been fitted originally. Apologies for the cameraphone pictures, will add some better ones when she's completed.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:44 pm 
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Location: The Lovely Lincolnshire Wolds and by the sea in Sussex
Looks v.nice, you rarely go wrong with flam red, its a classic; and the flam green guards (Bluemels?)

Who did the paint?

Look forward to seeing it built up.

Well done.

Roadking.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:53 pm 
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The mudguards are new old stock "Sprint Veloce" model, metallic / flam green. Ellis Briggs did the refinishing, will have to watch the spanners when rebuilding.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:59 pm 
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Scruff wrote:
The mudguards are new old stock "Sprint Veloce" model, metallic / flam green. Ellis Briggs did the refinishing, will have to watch the spanners when rebuilding.


I managed to source some NoS Bluemels guards in a similar colour to yours for my 1951 Hobbs.

You can't beat the pleasure in building a newly restored frame up, but as you say care is required.

Rk.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Very nice bike it is going to be. Interesting pics. Thanks for sharing. What component specs do you opt for? What stem do I see?


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 Post subject: Current components
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 6:31 pm 
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TDC Italia headset, GB spearpoint stem, Coureur 66 brakes, GB Superhood levers, GB Maes type bars, Campagnolo twin bolt seat post, Brooks Professional saddle ('65), Bluemels Sprint Veloce mudguards, Lyotard pedals and T/A cranks and bottom bracket. I've got some Gripfast wing nuts and World Tour tyres but still deciding on wheels and gear set-up.


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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 7:35 pm 
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Wbits is a great pic! Reminds me a little of this pic of Jaques Tati.

Ian.


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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 5:21 pm 
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GrumpyOldMan wrote:
Wbits is a great pic! Reminds me a little of this pic of Jaques Tati.

Ian.


Excellent!

Roadking.


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Very cool! The repaint looks great.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:31 pm 
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Any more news in the build?


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