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Keep it polished or let it develop a patina?
Poll ended at Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:20 pm
Polished 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Patina 100%  100%  [ 4 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Wirral UK
Here is my Kerry Classique which I stripped bare and copper plated. Can't find out too much about the maker - Kerry's of Great Britain, London E15. Happy to hear from anyone who can help me date the frame.
Campagnolo crank. Modified to take a single 42 tooth chainring. 170mm cranks
Ritchey seat stem
Aluminium converter stem
Nologo 700C deep rim wheels in white with slick orange tyres and green anodised hubs
Shimano SPD pedals with adaptor plate
Long drop, aluminium, dual pivot brake calipers with Vans custom brake shoes
Low riser X-Tasy aluminium handlebars in white
Short reach Deda Quattro white handlebar stem
San Marco Leather handlebar grips
Vuelta short reach V brake levers, anodised orange
Low friction orange brake cables
Dia Compe Chrome cable guides
Shimano sealed bottom bracket
Lion Bell Works brass bell
Aluminium and steel headset with race bearings
Custom leather seat with copper rivets
Custom engraved name plates


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:50 pm 
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Location: N. Herts
Hi, I've come across Kerrys occasionally, I believe mainly they did roadsters and tradesmen bikes but did do some racer models. I would guess mid to late fifties with your bike, the catalogue entry below is from the early sixties. There's not a lot of them about, but you do see the odd one on ebay. Nice stylish build, shows what you can do with old steel, but a touch too modern for me personally. Terry


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:00 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:48 pm
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Location: Wirral UK
Thanks Terry, delighted with the catalogue entry you posted.

I was in two minds as to whether I should put modern components on it, but with a couple of classics in the stable I though I'd try something new. It certainly turns heads on the road, but they're often looks of confusion as much as admiration.


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