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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Frame & fork ready!

Not overly happy with the blue stripe to rear of the downtube decal:

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Camera angle makes wrap-around at rear of seat tube look a bit off, it's barely noticeable really!

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Thanks to Gil M for the French 531 decal, not the commonest placement but faithful to the original layout on the frame:

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I like these seatstay decals more than the original gold panels, even if once again they've not been printed perfectly:

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No chrome on the forks anymore, but I think the decals link them nicely and make the whole frameset look less 'fussy':

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Not a view you see very often is it?

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The dropouts (shown with a little bit of grease on them from the inserts) are not drilled for axle adjusters... and like most Simplex units have an unthreaded mech hanger, which can be modified for use with mechs other than Simplex. Mick had a Super Record front mech but never got round to upgrading the rear to suit, no doubt due to this hanger:

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The BB threads are cleaner than they look, but I'll be cleaning them up a little more before refitting the cups:

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Mick's gate...

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front wheel finished too... cracking on with the rear later this week hopefully, got my friend's full carbon Kuota to service first before he rides it over the route of the TDF's Stage 16 next week - good luck Alex if you're reading this!!!

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Very tasty, its the best part when all the hard work pays off and the build starts to take shape coming together.


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Nice job Dead Rats. I enjoy looking at your rennovation threads.

Where did you learn to wheelbuild?


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otherself wrote:
Nice job Dead Rats. I enjoy looking at your rennovation threads.

Where did you learn to wheelbuild?


Cheers! I'm self taught (via Sheldon Brown and The Art Of Wheelbuilding by Gerd Schraner) I suppose, I've only built up to a dozen or so pairs so far, but they've all held up well on various tourers, road bikes and MTBs. Built mine first, then for friends and more recently for customers... :D goes really well with tea, biscuits and chilled out (instrumental) tunes!

I'm fretting more about which ferrules to use for the downtube cable guides and which brake cable clips for the top tube than how the wheels are going to hold up, but that's OCD for you! :lol:

Since I took the last pics of the 'finished' frame I've decided to change the lower headset bearings (before I fit the Weinmann centrepull hanger under the top nut) as they're not as smooth as I'd hoped.

Can't wait (but must) to get out for a test ride on this bike!


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