You lucky Bugger! I had a slightly later cooper in the lovely blue (single colour) that your bike has. Lever bosses were brazed and less chrome, but the rest was the same...a really lovely bike to race on. If you ever want to sell this beauty give me a PM!
Thanks your the lucky bugger getting to race on one
That's not just a steel frame, that's a hand made steel frame
Yes sorry Neil she is indeed and finely put together
Very very nice , love the colour , bronze & blue really suits the bike ....
I'd put some tan leather bar tape & matching leather saddle on her ...... Would look stunning with those hoods & classic gum wall tyres .... But hey that's just an opinion ..... & it's looking so nice already
Thanks I did ponder for a while on bar tape/hoods/saddle colours and after looking at all the lovely bikes on "Rbotm" competition entries and old shots of 80's racers this appeared to be used more often..
It sort of looks a bit wrong but the other combos I seen looked more wrong if you know what I mean
Non drive has diamond with 3 inside.. Drive side has circle with 0
Right hand crank is 1980, which looks in amazing condition. Left is 1973.
The modern seatpost is with a metal refinisher to be polished to remove logo,s
Not a purist choice but nice and light and I like em..
I'd think you would have no choice but to use a modern one, or maybe an old MTB seatpin. Your frame is actually too small. The amount of exposed seatpost as it is now is probably longer than the whole length of an old seatpost.
I would put the date a bit later to around the mid 80s or later, because of the allen key brakes, under bb cables, full sloping crown. A 1980 frame would more likely to have over bb cables, nutted brakes and a semi-sloping crown.
A couple of other things: the tubing sticker is much older than the frame, and the bb looks quite high.
Thanks for info and thoughts.. I know this is an older frame but did most people not ride really big frames back then with very little seatpost showing ? My modern road bike and cx bike are 54" with 100mm stem(I'm long legged with short torso) and this cooper is a 53" with 110mm stem so feels ok
My 1980 conclusion is I have had correspondence with a cooper owner who worked in a shop who supplied them and his 1982 Ron cooper frame no.842 his having braze on mounts and under bb routing which he remembers from 81 too.. My frame no.502 ..Mine does have few later campagnolo parts on but either way she is
A most comfortable ride..
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Once owned-1999 Kona Explosif- 07 VooDoo Djab- 1991 Saracen traverse Hydratech 1993 Giant cadex CFM 2 1994 Kona AA. 1994 lava dome. 1995 Kona kula 80/81 Ron Cooper
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