I like it a lot. I prefer restored bits better than a bike plenty of NOS components. There is a lot of love in a resto like yours.
I love to see the old bits shining like new but with the marks of being used, they were used and have its own history. And now someone
respecting the work of other that gave life to beautiful bike bits make them rebirth and give them a new life another time.
Can you tell us what materials do you used to restore the shine of the paint of the frame?
(like it a lot with the old decals and the little marks)
Thanks, miliu - used nothing more technical than T-Cut, Turtlewax, microfibre cloths and plenty of elbow grease
Slight update on this now, as after going on a few rides it was time to tweak the bike to get it a bit comfier....
I found the previous Ritchey ForceLite bar too narrow at 560mm so replaced with a wider Titec Enduro XC one (585mm) to give a slightly better position for me. free upload
Also, with the headtube being only 85mm and me 6ft, I needed to add bar ends to give a bit more height to the front end (I've hopefully avoided a Halfords 'wave' angle, though...
.) Stem is also as high as I can get away with, too - thick powder coat means it's pretty wedged in thankfully..
NOS X-lite bar ends from eBay for a tenner (were NOS till I scuffed them however..!):uploading pictures
Koolstops added as well:image upload
Drivetrain wise, the cassette was fairly worn as were a couple of the chainrings too, so time for an upgrade there.
New cassette - SRAM PG730 12-32t, can climb vertically when this is in the granny gear now!post a picture
NOS onZa Buzz Saw 26t inner ring, bargain from SJS @ £2.99image post
KMC chain - X8.93 - always used SRAM so for a change went with this one..upload pic
And a Stronglight 36t middle ring from my LBS finished off with a Blackburn bottle cage in black. Also need to perhaps change the seatpost as it turns out it takes a 26.2mm one rather than the 26.0mm I've currently been using (shimmed with a coke can of course..). Fitted SPuDs for personal preference as well.image hosting 20mb
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