Got it built up and on the road.
Was on a downer with whilst finishing off thinking I'd wasted time and money but having just taken it for a spin, I LIKE IT!
The brakes are terrifying though!
Can anyone advise what the options are in terms of improving them? Currently it has the Weinmann 500's on it with Fibrax blocks. One thing though and as can be seen in the first un-modded picture of the bike in red, is that the forks are not original. They must have come off a bike with 27" wheels as the blocks are only wiping half the wheel rim.
Options as I see it are;
Get a Wienmann type 730 (long reach) for the front and new and better blocks.
Get some correct forks and retain the 500's but get better blocks.
Change the brakes altogether, advice welcome, must be cheap !
Some pics, I'm quite chuffed with it...
It is all perfectly clean and shiny. It rides quite tight. The crank arrived in the post and there are no issues with clearance or rubbing so well pleased there.
I'm going to fit some 'suicide' aux levers and new puncture resist tyres. I wouldn't want to do any speed or distance on the quite badly cracked tyres on it at the moment. I'll probably leave the bars bare.
Quite pleased with myself, it has been a long time since I messed about with bikes.