Here's the F. R. Russell which is almost complete. Before any of you start
I know its a fixed and I've kept it as a fixed
Normally, I would be the first the raise my disgust BUT I wanted to return this to the life it had always known! From all the details and parts it seems to have either always been a fixed gear, or converted a longgggggggg time ago. Anyway, I had to make some drastic decisions, as you can see from the earlier photo's it wasn't in the best of health. The saddle had its nose ripped off and the later replacement wheels were knackered. The stem had lost most of its chrome and been hand painted along with the front forks.
I like to try and keep originality wherever possible but this did need an extreme makeover. I had a suitable Brooks Swallow saddle and very fortunately, a pair of 27" Dunlop Super Lightweight wheels with a flip flop hub, although not large flange which would have been perfect....but perfection doesn't exist
Front forks have been re-painted back to black. The stem and seat bolt have been re-plated. Apart from that its had a good scrub and polish, the lug lining has been redone along with the F. R. Russell decal. Plus a new Reynolds 531 decal care of Nick at H Lloyd.
Its always difficult when a fair bit of restoration is needed. If you cross the line, the bike is no longer what it was anymore. Hopefully, I've found the balance.
I've never owned or ridden a fixed so may have some fun or a trip to the hospital at the weekend. Its also a 'proper' fixed with an anticlockwise locknut on the sprocket, I've read a few stories of people braking with the pedals on so called 'fixed', only to find the rear end disintegrate, probably along with their own rear end
One thing that's come across from the rebuild is there is a beauty in the simplicity of a fixed gear. Having said that, I'll never be a fan of butchering good road bikes to convert.
I've got a red brake cable cover on the way but I'll wait and see how that looks, might be to flash. Anyways, that's about it so all comments welcome
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