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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:52 pm 
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Well, this is about as good as I can get it!

A lovely old NOS TVT complete with the original Vitus forks (I hope they don't snap!) with all the goodies.

Still waiting on a pair of C Record retrofriction levers which have vanished in the post en route from Holland, hence the 9 speed Campag Record levers you'll see here. Decided not to use the TA black alloy cages as they were hopelessly flexy - I went for a nice pair of Blackburn ones instead.

Sorry for the overexposed shots - I really must get a new camera one of these days..

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And the real thing in July 1986 . . Greg and Bernard have a lot to answer for - a lifelong La Vie Claire obsession - no wonder - what a Tour that was!!!

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Many thanks to everyone who helped me find all the rare bits and pieces - you're a fabulous lot.

Craig 8)

Ps and a better example of the shade - Brian Rourke did a fantastic job.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:04 pm 
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Beautiful


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:16 pm 
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That's a labour of love. I didn't know slant parallelogram rear mechs were still in the future back in 1985.

Edit: just found out the Suntour patent expired in 1984; you had to have Suntour, if you wanted the slant, up until then.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:38 pm 
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Great Job Craig looks fabulous


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Top job Craig! 8)

Awesome. What's it like to ride?

Mike


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:38 am 
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WOW! A stunner!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:46 am 
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not bad
.... ok stunning

one question - where did you get the CC waterbottles from? I want some, but will be using them regularly so hoping for modern replicas


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:27 pm 
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Thanks for the kind remarks, folks. I haven't ridden it yet - off to the Alpes next week and apart from a test ride here first. It will be christened over there with thoughts of those wonderfully fuzzy Channel 4 VHS images, Phil Liggett's enthusiastic voice and the two superheroes of the 1986 TdF! All while staring down at a pair of slowly rotating 49 year old legs!! :|

The bottles I've had forever now but I'll never use them in anger. Just for the likes of this and no doubt my next project, most probably LVC's 753 of the same year . .

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:30 pm 
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Absolutely fantastic!


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That's my RBOTY right there- phenomenal! 8)


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