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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:54 pm 
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Brilliant! There will soon be a whole teams worth of these fantastic bikes! Looking forward to seeing this one, not just because of the accuracy and quality of components, but it looks like you will be doing the build justice with some nice photography?
If it helps, I spent most of Saturday removing a pair of worn Hi Lites from and old set of Campag Omegas. They were unbelievably tight!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:41 pm 
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Evening all, this is starting to feel like a striptease in reverse, the frame is going to be ready to collect on Friday (third time lucky I hope) so the next installment will include something made out of steel!

Tonight's endeavours - cable set arrived from Italy in the post today, so bars have been drilled, cables routed (ran out of swear words after 10 minutes), levers attached and tape applied. I may have another go with the bars on the bike and some double sided sticky tape at hand especially around the brake levers. Not a bad evening's work though.

Cheers for looking, Martin

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:29 pm 
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Evening all, well finally the main act is here...I picked up the frame this afternoon and I am very happy with the job that Argos Cycles have done. The BB shell could have done with being cleaned out slightly better as there was a lot of crud in the threads, but lots of tightening then backing off and eventually they were all cleared out and the BB is installed. A few pics I couldn't resist taking when I got home from work below. I'm hoping to have it all sorted by tomorrow lunchtime...

Cheers for looking, Martin

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:36 pm 
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Tomorrow lunchtime? Can't wait that long, get a move on!! :)

On a serious note, they've done a very nice job there, looking very special indeed.

Very much looking forward to seeing the finished bike & the winner of this month's RBOTM 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:18 am 
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Wow - be you are well chuffed with that. Now crack on and show the finished bike. It will be bang on!!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Hiya, well finally it's done! I had a bit of a crisis last night as the chainline looked like it was way out. With the chain on the small ring and small sprocket the large ring would rub the chain. I am still not convinced that something is a little misaligned but it tracks true and I have bodged a solution for the time being. The rear wheel needed redishing so I did this with the wheel in the frame, loosening all the spoke on one side then tightening them on the other to bring it across.

The brakes are an arse to adjust but I got to grips with it and would you believe the Syncro II works perfectly? Me neither, but it does...I thought this would be the biggest pain of the whole build but it turned out to be fine.

Final pics posted for now, not my finest camera work but I hope to let a photographer friend have a go with it in the studio before I get it dirty!

I'm off out to do the short circular route near here just in case I have to walk home!

Cheers for looking, Martin

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Perfect, nice one!!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:16 pm 
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FINNEY1973 wrote:
Tomorrow lunchtime? Can't wait that long, get a move on!! :)

On a serious note, they've done a very nice job there, looking very special indeed.

Very much looking forward to seeing the finished bike & the winner of this month's RBOTM 8)


I was right about it being lunchtime, had to make a trip to the LBS as I needed to see what he had to say about the chainline and check the frame alignment. Brian Hoppe in Sherborne is a real gent and is sadly retiring in July, I will miss his quick service and excellent work especially when it comes to wheel repairs.

Better pics coming soon, then perhaps an entry for RBoTM??? ;)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:14 pm 
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Without doubt this is one of the finest bikes I've seen, attention to detail is just immense. Looks fantastic - bravo!

How did she ride (despite the hiccup with the chainline)?

For sure - RBoTM - get those photo's sorted!!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:50 pm 
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FINNEY1973 wrote:
Without doubt this is one of the finest bikes I've seen, attention to detail is just immense. Looks fantastic - bravo!

How did she ride (despite the hiccup with the chainline)?

For sure - RBoTM - get those photo's sorted!!


Thanks Finney, she rides really nicely, my choice of stem may have been a bit long but otherwise it feels light, responsive and nice and stiff. The forks absorb a lot of the corrugations on the stretch of the A352 I ride too, it's a rough piece of paving that's for sure.

I'm now off out to do my 90 minute circular route...

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