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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:22 pm 
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Not like this any more!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:08 pm 
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Nice to see another Soens , it really needs a Brooks pro saddle when its finished


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:25 pm 
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A little bit of background. Bought from a lady who inherited the frame from her dad in the 70s. He'd originally bought it (at a race meeting) from Pete Matthews who took over Jimmy Soens' shop when Jimmy retired (brother of Eddie). Although Eddie had a shop and sold his bikes from there (all built by his son Bill) but he is probably better remembered as a coach who turned out some seriously quick riders.

Originally in a light metallic blue, it was a bit the worse for wear when she got it. It was resprayed (she thinks at a Birmingham car works) in the mid 70s! Hence the horrible (IMHO) orange. From a British Leyland paint colour chart I found on the marvellous interweb it closely matches a colour "Topaz" used by BL as a Triumph colour between 73 and 75. Strangely enough I owned a Spitfire in the same colour, until its rear end twitchiness got too much (and a family was on the way...). The bike was built up with parts supplied by Swinnertons of Stoke, her LBS at the time.

It has undergone a few changes since. I'll post some detail on it's spec for those of you who can stay awake. It's now in bits and the frame has gone off (not alone - I took it) for refinishing. Graphite grey (RAL 7024) all over, with possibly white panels on seat tube and head tube in the future depending on funds available. All decals still available from hlloyds.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:40 pm 
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What a good idea biggs682 - I wonder where I might get one of those...?

Hang on a minute! What's this? I say, some kind fella has just sent me one! And by gum, it looks fab on top of the old SR Laprade seat post that came with the bike.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:42 pm 
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chickendrumsticks wrote:
What a good idea biggs682 - I wonder where I might get one of those...?

Hang on a minute! What's this? I say, some kind fella has just sent me one! And by gum, it looks fab on top of the old SR Laprade seat post that came with the bike.


That's the sort i meant


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Nice :) metallic grey is a good choice, MKM style :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:04 am 
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Thanks Midlife. But it's high gloss grey, not metallic. Will still be nice I hope. Here's a pic.
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Any prizes awarded for the most boring pic of the year (MBPOTY)? If so I might just enter!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:46 am 
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Still all good :). These things need to be looked after :)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:16 am 
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Get some nice decals to bring the frame to life


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:48 am 
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Thanks Nob. An original full set of decals is still available from Nick at hlloydcycles, as well as period correct 531 ones. They'll soon be winging their way here.

I hope to do the old bike justice, although it'll never win rbotm!


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