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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:43 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:00 pm
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Location: London
Had this for a while now, and only remember I hadn't put it on here...

(the build is so-called as my Uncle Bob, now sadly departed, was a massively good egg and is coincidently shares the surname...)

It was always my first attempt at the foolish classic newbie idea to make a bike that will do everything - though realistically it will be a vintagey looking (though with far too many anachronisms to call it purely vintage) bombproof (i.e. weighing a ton!) steed that will get me to and from work, and hopefully one day join me on at least one cycle holiday. Out of London.

Oh, and I'm doing the 75k route to (and from) Roubaix in April so building it with 28's and mudguards. Originally I was hoping to use it for sportier purposes, though it simply weighs too heavy to oust my current Colnago Mexico (and soon to arrive Colnago Oval CX)

A few of the features of the build:
Alfine hub
S&S Couplers
Internal brake routing
Cyclocross levers on the top tube
Racks (by Velo Orange)
Bags and all leather trim by Gilles Berthoud
I did have that rear light braze on that some trendy Rene Hearse types have, though between ordering and receipt I changed to centerpulls, so will had to shift the light up via a bent Surly hanger
Curvy rear seat stays (spent too long looking at Hetchins on Google images)
Arrowhead lugs

Here's it received
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Sent it to the LBS to put on the BB and HS, and started to dress it
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And here it is yesterday (saddle was taken from an old bike, will be replaced)
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Took receipt of the finshing bits (saddle, tape etc) and should hopefully have the completed shots this weekend,a nd will update with better shots 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:00 pm 
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Location: Shrewsbury
Absolute classic, and will make a bomb proof tourer in classic black., the best colour. Top marks for working in the house by the TV as well :)

The only downside is having BJ pantographed at the top of the seat stays, a nice vintage touch but with too many modern day connotations :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:12 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Nice! Love the curly stays! I would trade this bike with mine in a heartbeat... :D


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:44 pm 
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Location: Edinburgh
Italian bikes are always pretty in my eyes.

This however can best be described as handsome.

Lovely bike.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:53 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Location: Lisbon, Portugal
How is the Alfine working out for you?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:29 am 
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Location: held captive by baby haggis in a cave in Scotland
Really , really lovely 8)
Lucky man!
Please report back and give us a road report and share how she rides.

Jamie


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:07 pm 
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Location: Cumbria
I bet that will cause a few problems in 30 plus years time on here... "I've bought an old frame badged as a Bob Jackson but I think it's a Hetchins" LOL

Shaun


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:47 pm 
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Good colour scheme. Good use of Lidl bike stand :D


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 11:09 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:00 pm
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Location: London
Right, photos a bit overdue, but here's the final model.

Packed it up int he suitcase and took it to the Paris Roubaix sportive this year...

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And now fully loaded as the poshest bike on the commute...

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It's all a bit too heavy to be taken too seriously, though gives me a nice work out on the 8.5 miles to/from work.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 1:52 pm 
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Joined: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:18 am
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Location: Bangor - NI
Wow! What a bike. That looks superb - both with bags and without.

How do the 2 pieces of the frame connect? I have never seen that before.

What is your gear ratio?

N


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