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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:40 pm 
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Not sure if they did specific arabesque brake levers, someone on here will know :D

The drilled / slotted ones will look the part :D

http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx? ... AbsPos=224

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:06 pm 
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First two parts cleaned and polished. :)


Working on the headset at the moment. Ball bearings all over the worktop!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:29 pm 
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And a few more parts cleaned up today. I am really pleased with the condition of all parts so far.


Arabesque crank and chain rings


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Seat post (From photo's on other sites this appears to be original)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:01 am 
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I've always believed these to be Arabesque....

http://www.velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=450457D9-DFAA-4A2C-842C-AE32B185579E&Enum=118&AbsPos=8

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:34 pm 
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Ralph_the_Rohan wrote:


Yep, agreed. I have come across two sets for sale so far. One in poor condition and one far too expensive!

Still no hurry... :D

I also want them with tan hoods if possible as I have decided on a tan saddle and natural leather bar tape. This should go well with a green colour scheme.


Speaking of colour, I know I should research this (I will, promise) but can this frame be powder-coated? There is a local powder-coater with a huge choice of colours and who is highly recomended, but is it safe to do so?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:53 pm 
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Yes it can be powder coated.

I wouldn't myself. It looks in too good nick to loose its patina, original colours and heritage. (Blimey where's my anorak).


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I understand where you are coming from, and indeed I am going to rebuild it without paint first of all. But I do have a desire to have a bike in exactly the colour I want it! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:43 am 
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Why not get the correct Calipers at the same time?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-CLASSIC-SHIMANO-600EX-ARABESQUE-BRAKE-SET-CALIPERS-LEVERS-EXCELLENT-/160944402756?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item257908b144

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Bugger! They look nice! :shock:

The set up on the Professional requires long-drop and I believe(d) my calipers to be part of a full arabesque group.

Is that not the case do you think? I have not seen any 600 calipers with any of the arabesque markings so had assumed it was the one component that was 'plain' 600 :?:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:07 pm 
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I personally wouldn't powdercoat 531db or equivalent gauge tubing, especially when it means destroying the original paint on the frame, but if you must, (you probably know this already) please don't leave the bottom cup/top race of the headset in the frame when you get it done.. :wink:

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The set up on the Professional requires long-drop


Are you sure about this? That frame looks pretty tight on brake clearance (by '70s road standards) Is it really going to need more than 57mm drop?
(edit: I just seen 39-49mm brakes at velobase, which I guess is what you would call 'short drop'... I would be calling 47-57mm 'short drop'... 39-49mm I would have to call 'extra short drop'


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