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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:16 pm 
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Thought I'd share a couple of pics from a ride last weekend.
Been tuning this bike for a couple of years now, the main attraction for retrobike to me is seeing a bike evolve (refine) as all the right parts come together slowly...
A long searched for 28.6mm m900 (well m901) front mech to match the rear, a set of x-lite levers in purple to keep some sort of a British theme going, a set of old gripshifts resurrected with a set of new covers and gore tex cables, fresh bearings in my old middleburn hub laced back on to the original mavic 117 rim and finding a matching 117 rim for the rear from the Jezshop, fitting some XTR pads to match the XTR canti's, all little things that probably aren't noticed but bring a sense of what the Germans call gestalt.
And yes I'm afraid the riser bars are there to stay, I like 'em.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:37 pm 
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Nice bike, I admit I am not a fan of flatties and risers but what the hey! You ride it, much better than it being a garage queen! :lol:

I love the Vit T, and the build you have there is tasteful and suits the frame really well!


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Very nice indeed and loving the photos with the purple of the heather reflected in the purple parts, stealthy and classy.

Incidentally, what seatpost have you got in there?


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Stick Legs - Yep good flat pedals and riser bars are my concessions to rideability, I have a couple of flat bars I keep trying my best to like but they just don't have the width or the sweep to feel right. As for the flat pedals I fell out with spds in the nineties and never looked back.

ededwards - its a Syncros Ti, I have a purple USE post which probably suits it better but to be honest they make me nervy as I broke a couple of the top clamps BITD.


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Think the purple U.S.E would be too much. Just got the right balance imho. Looks great. Chris.


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I agree about the USE. I'm not a big purple fan but you've got the balance about right - it looks good.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:46 pm 
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Top bike Steve. Great pics aswell. Good to see some gripshift on these pages too.

Totally with you on the evolution thing aswell. I think that the main attraction to me of 'retro-biking' is that I can change my bike whenever I want relatively cheaply. Over the past 12 months, my Zaskar has had full M900, a mix of Suntour and Dura Ace, XT cranks, Middleburns, RC30s, RC36s, Thumbies, Rapidfire, Gripshift, all sorts of stuff. Because it's cheap now and I can sell stuff for pretty much what I paid for it, I can experiment with lots of different gear on the bike that I just couldn't afford to do when I was younger.

When I find a part that I really like using, it stays on the bike but the rest continues to evolve. I think that it is nearly there now, just a couple of parts to fine tune. Not sure what I'm going to do when its finished though... Start something else :roll:


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