Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:02 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 32 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:25 pm 
Newbie

Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:29 am
Posts: 7
Location: Perth
Great looking bike. Whilst nuovo or super record is essential if you want the Freddy Maertens look, the equipment you have is period correct for what most people in Britain were racing on in the 80s unless you were a pro or were rich!

A lot of people used track pedals back in the 80s as they offered more ground clearance. The road pedal had the extra quill bit on the outside which meant more chance of grounding the pedal when pedalling coming out of a corner - particularly important in criterium type races.

Derek


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:57 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am
Posts: 125
Location: Nottingham UK
Thanks Derek, I know what you mean...
I used to suffer from Campag envy terribly back in the 70's!
All that NR and SR stuff and all I could afford was Grand Sport at best and in some cases supposedly inferior UK or French alternative.
Still it made me feel better when they still couldn't beat me in the races!
Dave


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:36 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am
Posts: 125
Location: Nottingham UK
After much humming and hahing I have decided to rebuild the bike so that it at least looks like Freddy Maertens 81 version even if it is not the exact spec. So mostly NR/SR plus the Colnago branded/modified items that you can see in the pictures.

I was lucky enough to find a Contrex water bottle in France and am now after the other slightly special bits like the brake levers and pedals. I'm still not building a replica more of a 'look-a-like'. So I have added brown brake hoods and orange tape to my list as well....

I keep reminding myself that doing the research and sourcing the parts is half the fun...!
Dave


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:47 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Posts: 962
Location: Montpellier, France
Lovely... 8) Look forward to seeing the finished product. Any idea why Maertens had orange tape at the ends of his bars?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:41 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am
Posts: 125
Location: Nottingham UK
I'm not certain but I suspect it was to make his bike and him more recognisable to the support crews. And maybe even to help him find the bike in a scramble!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:50 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Posts: 962
Location: Montpellier, France
That could well be true - I believe that Laverda chose bright orange and Kawasaki bright green to make their (motor)bikes easy to spot in races. The same thinking could just as sensibly be applied in cycling.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:41 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am
Posts: 125
Location: Nottingham UK
The last item needed for the rebuild arrived today...
Colnago modified Campag brake levers as per the 1981 team bikes. Had to be imported from Italy, not perfect but I think they will look the part.
So now I have found all the bits I needed, and a few that I thought I needed but then found better ones so a few duplicates and alternatives. I even managed to find a few nos bits, like the Regina Oro freewheel.
Next step is to start putting it together...


Attachments:
IMG_1016 (1024x575).jpg
IMG_1016 (1024x575).jpg [ 414.12 KiB | Viewed 210 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:53 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:23 pm
Posts: 506
looking forward to completion, looks stunning so far


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:08 am 
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
r.B.o.T.M. & P.o.T.M. Winner
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:51 am
Posts: 2215
Location: Camel Land
hernehill69 wrote:
The last item needed for the rebuild arrived today...
Colnago modified Campag brake levers as per the 1981 team bikes. Had to be imported from Italy, not perfect but I think they will look the part.
So now I have found all the bits I needed, and a few that I thought I needed but then found better ones so a few duplicates and alternatives. I even managed to find a few nos bits, like the Regina Oro freewheel.
Next step is to start putting it together...



You could have swept the floor before taking the photo :facepalm: :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:21 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:06 am
Posts: 125
Location: Nottingham UK
That was the cleanest bit - I was lucky to find a clear patch big enough!
I'll get the broom out soon I promise :oops: :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 32 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: fossala, OnTheUp and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group