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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:34 pm 
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Peter Charlton wrote:
Cheers, maybe now I have retired I should dig it out of the shed and restore the rest of it, frame wont need anything but the rest of it will.

You've said it now, so you have to do it.... go on, you know you want to.

 Post subject: Re: Ron cooper page
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:37 pm 
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Plus one wrote:
Please post your pics of your Ron cooper here.. Doesn't matter if you still own it or not.. Would be great
To see them..

With the passing of the man it would be nice as a small reminder of the beauty of his work..

A 1952 A S Gillott...

Built by Ron Cooper in 1952. Ron would have been 20 years old and just out of his apprenticship when he built this frame. It's built up as a retro modern and has 1485 miles on her earlier this year.
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A couple of years later and another Ron Cooper 1954 Gillott frame, still waiting to be restored/renovated, the frame has an interesting backstory, documented in real time on this forum. It was previously owned by 1936 Olympic Bronze pursuit medallist Harry Hill.
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 Post subject: Re: Ron cooper page
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:55 pm 
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I've posted mine before in another thread but here it is again. Circa 1990, mint Shimano 600 tricolor groupset. The frame was in pretty rough cosmetic condition, with a bent rear mech hanger, and was originally branded both Ron Cooper and Ridge Racing (a former bike shop in Bournemouth). Argos straightened it and refinished it in flam orange. I rebuilt the wheels with butted spokes because they were plain gauge (traditional for racing in the early 90s) and the finishing kit is new. I tracked down an original mint 600 cup-and-cone bottom bracket because it came with a completely worn-out cartridge unit. The Dura-Ace headset has now been replaced with a Tange Falcon cartridge headset, which is just as nice to look at but works a whole lot better.

I've never worked out why the groupset is so unmarked yet the frame was so rough. I can only assume it was taken off and stored for many years, while the frame was thrashed with different kit fitted. Maybe it was upgraded to 8- or 9-speed very early on.

The Cooper fork bend is very distinctive and it has the Cooper pantographed rear brake bridge. It's mostly Columbus SL. Ron didn't often use tubing stickers, as he mixed and matched as he saw fit.

Image20170907_173120 by rogerzilla, on Flickr

 Post subject: Re: Ron cooper page
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:11 pm 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
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Built this up in 2017

Quick edit this was from the the eBay description :

Here we have a new old stock classic road race frame, liveried as a 'F'light' (this was a brand from the shop Fairlight cycles in Devon).
The frame was built by legendary builder Ron Cooper and purchased with several other 'stock' frames by me from Ron in around 2006. It was painted metallic pink by colourtech which was next to Rons workshop.
It is 51cm from centre of Bottom bracket to top of seat tube and is made from Columbus sl tubing.
It is beautifully fillet brazed and has a BBB seatpost and a Shimano 105 headset included. 38" short wheelbase.
The paint on the top tube is slightly rough and there is a very tiny dent that is hard to photograph- you need to run your finger over it to really notice. This could easily be remedied if it was re-finished. There is a small chip on the down tube that has been touched in.
It is conventional geometry with horizontal top tube. It is close clearances with no provision for mudguards. It has all the usual braze ons inc. front mech boss and english thread bottom bracket obviously. 1" threaded fork. Rear end width is 130mm.

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