So after a real ball ache spraying the stem with results less than perfect, I have decided to get the bars, stem and forks powder coated at LSN up north! With the help of Marc-two-tone I will be getting them done in the next week or so. Going to get a new set of decals from Gil to stick on them and to spruce up the damaged ones on the frame.
The bike being un ridable at the moment has given me the chance to go over everything with a fine tooth comb! Hubs stripped and re-greased (although mint inside!), headset re-greased, STI units cleaned and re-assembled (an f**in fiddly job). Also gone over the frame and removed any marks, mainly oil and muck, only found a small amount on rust on the bridge at the rear just above the brakes. But this is only very light and cleaned up nicely and is now un noticable, the Zolatone paint is just lovely! Once the bars get back from the coaters the new grips and and bar ends can find a home! Can't wait to get it all together.
I've just got a set of black XT M734 canti's which I am going to try out as I think that they may look better with the grey frame/black rim set up. Still keeping hold of the silver ones though incase I change my mind! Other than that I have the new re-issue Dart on the front just waiting for the re-issue Smoke to come back in stock...been a while now. I have seen a Smoke/Dart re-issue set on ebay but they want £119 plus £8 postage! I got my Dart for about £34 delivered from Germany so can't justify it. Alternatively there are a set of Ritchey Alpha Bites on Ebay at £69.99 plus £8 postage...
Who knows what to do! Opinions on all of my build good and bad are always welcome (but not always agreed with!
) I am just trying to build the bike I would have wanted as a 16 year old back in 1991!
Oh and Happy New Year!