Thanks Richie. glad you like her, I'm really chuffed although I'm still thinking I should have waited for a frame without the wishbone rear stay. If you don't mind I'll answer your questions within your quote below?
ooooooh, soooooooo sweet!
she's an absolute beauty, and makes my ridden daily 653 (20 nice miles in the sun this lunchtime, shorts and short sleeved super u shirt!) look very tatty in comparison!
you've done a very nice job on the bar tape, have you used double sided tape or just heated the ends to get such clean lines?
Neither, well that's not strictly true. I wrapped the whole bar in white starting at the top and finishing just short of the end. Both ends were secured with a little bit of double sided tape but only at the ends. Then I wrapped the colour on top - the blue starts on the bend and is held on by tension and goodwill and is finished with some blue insulation tape. The red also starts on the bend and tucks inside the bar and is held with the plug. It's too early to say how long it will hold like this but 48 miles so far!
are the bottle cages ta?
No, they are the old style cages that you could get in Raleigh packs with the 'team' bottle. Made by Mansfield according to the embossed lettering on the plastic bit
what freewheel have you used?
Regina America 92 13-23, I also have a Regina America 15-28 for an upcoming Sportive, not sure if it's going to fit/index properly, we shall see
have you made the white wolber decals or were they on the rims? which i assume are clinchers after our previous discussion?
Yes, they're clinchers (NOS Michelin HiLite Supercomp HD 700x23) - the rims are Wolber TX Profile. I ordered the lettering, it came via a sign maker in Cardiff who had a font closest to the lettering I have seen in press photos and on a wheelset for sale on Ebay. PM me for details if you like.
i don't think i could ride alongside with you on this bike, i'd feel like an austin allegro beside a jensen interceptor!
i'm afraid i can't help on the super u shorts - i have two pairs, the only two i've ever seen, both bought on ebay.
i have a nos pair of waist shorts in size 4 and almost see through bibs in size 5, but the lycra has lost all it's stretch now in them!
i am however wondering if i could get some white lycra screen printed for the side panels and then have corinne dennis knock up a few pairs of bibshorts in a 6 panel style - any interest if it happened?
God yes, count me in...a set of bib shorts with the Raleigh U colouring would be perfect
1989 Raleigh 531C Race
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1991 Raleigh Dynatech Lo Pro TT
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2013 CYFAC Proxidium Campag Athena 11 Speed
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