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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Anita Smith emailed me the attached pic of 'my' bike in action BITD - I really like this one, nice one Anita !


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Looking at the pic above, got me thinking, what sort of bike bottle was used by the team back in '89 - they seem to be just plain simple black ones, does anyone know any more details about the 'right' bottle. I did add a cage in 91 which colour matches the original.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:21 pm 
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I went from 42 23 to 39 25 and I felt like I could ride up the side of a house by comparison.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:55 pm 
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Thanks for that CCE, I like the idea of 39-24 as the chain length needs no further links from 42-21.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:35 pm 
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citrixccea wrote:
Looking at the pic above, got me thinking, what sort of bike bottle was used by the team back in '89 - they seem to be just plain simple black ones, does anyone know any more details about the 'right' bottle. I did add a cage in 91 which colour matches the original.


I did have one from the team, I was given it by a mechanic at a Milk Race stage finish when I was a kid after asking for some team stickers they where handing out. Will dig though all my old stuff you may be lucky, as I dont remember throwing it out.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:14 pm 
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ColnagoC59 wrote:
citrixccea wrote:
Looking at the pic above, got me thinking, what sort of bike bottle was used by the team back in '89 - they seem to be just plain simple black ones, does anyone know any more details about the 'right' bottle. I did add a cage in 91 which colour matches the original.


I did have one from the team, I was given it by a mechanic at a Milk Race stage finish when I was a kid after asking for some team stickers they where handing out. Will dig though all my old stuff you may be lucky, as I dont remember throwing it out.



Cracking story, and I'll wait patiently! What colour is it/was it?

I've never been given anything that cool, although a mechanic at the Kelloggs in Newcastle around '93 showed me to toe-in my delta's so they didn't squeal as much! I was very grateful!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Good to see it getting out on the road. I've had my 88 version out a few times now and rides very nicely indeed. I took it to my local Raleigh shop and they loved it. You are right about the gearing. It does feel a bit tall by today's ratios. I have just returned from Devon where I took my Raleigh Panasonic with deltas on - they did squeak quite a bit and once again the tall gears meant some struggles.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:59 pm 
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Yes, I've got a couple of ideas for what I'd like to do in 2014, and it was not possible as it was. The 39t ring fits a treat, I've just a little fettling to do with the freewheel, but I owe a big thanks to "Old Ned" for his help (and parts).

My concerns that I was deviating away from 'spec' are unfounded, the man who "knows" says 39t and 24 is right!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:36 pm 
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39 24 would have been alpine spec back then. When men were men.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:52 pm 
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I've got a friend who's just bought his first road bike, and complained that it was "a bit high geared" after his MTBs - I had a look and he was running 34 x 26....

Alpine spec sounds fine by me :-)


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