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 Post subject: Rick Powell Columbus EL
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:40 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

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Picked up this beauty today.

Put in a silly bid on eBay, wasn't even sure of the size, but saw some of the kit was good. Ended up winning and am really pleased!

I'm guessing early 1990s going by the colour and the bar tape. Colour is not my usual cup of tea but is growing on me.

Condition is near perfect other than a dirty chain, I haven't even dusted over for a photo.

The bike has got a lovely spec, and with a bit of air in the tubs ready to ride. Look at the clearance on the rear wheel! Good news is the size is perfect for me.

I've had a quick read on the web and here and discovered that the builder, Rick Powell used to work for Carlton, and Raleigh, then independently. There's also a news paper article from 2002 that says he built Victoria Pendletons training bikes. Any further information would be gratefully received.

Pics and spec below -

Frame: Rick Powell
Columbus EL tube set
Columbus lugs

Fork: Columbus straight leg

Headset: Dura Ace 7400
Stem: mavic quill stem
Handlebar: Cinelli campione del mondo
Bar Tape: splat!

Brake Levers/Brifters: Chorus ergos 8s
Brake Calipers: Suntour superbe
Brake Cables: Campagnolo

Front Derailleur: Chorus
Rear Derailleur: Chorus
Derailleur Cables: Campagnolo
Cassette: Sachs screw on 7sp
Chain: dunno too dirty
Cranks: Mavic Starfish
Chainrings: Mavic
Bottom Bracket: Mavic
Pedals: Spidel/maillard

Rims: Mavic Argent 10 tubular
Hubs: Mavic
Hub Skewers: Mavic
Spokes: double butted stainless
Tyres: vittioria corsa cx squadre prof tubulars

Saddle: selle turbo
Seatpost: miche
Seatpost Binder: campagnolo





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Short wheelbase

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:16 pm 
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WOW!

Nice find, that's just the sort of bike I like... well, maybe not the bar tape. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:50 pm 
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Yep I think the bar tape will have to go, violation of rule number 8

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http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

I think that means black then?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:00 pm 
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My son says that you can never have too much black, but then, it's easy for him as he rides a Boardman.

My latest project is red / white / blue (as in the American flag), so I don't think black will suit.

In your case, black will look good.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:16 pm 
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Lovely, stunning machine. Always wanted a EL. Agree with the bar tape though.

I believe Rick Powell is still building in the midlands, I think he subs for Dave Marsh, along with Phil the Skill.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:54 pm 
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Now in black bar tape flavour

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When I went to collect the bike the seller had another older Rick Powell in the same size, I couldn't say no! See my other thread for details. The other bike is set up for winter training and will get it's first ride tomorrow morning.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:55 pm 
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I like that... a lot 8)


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