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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:07 am 
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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I've been hankering after a Vit T for a while, and then this one came up as part of a job lot of frames and bits (thanks, futuristiccoldman!), so I took the plunge.
The frame itself needed either polishing or bead blasting, so I decided upon the lazy route and it's heading of to a local metal finishers today.
A few pics of how it is before blasting....

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I've bought a pretty much full M737/9 groupset for this, and I'm just waiting for that to arrive.
Bits I have got my grubby mitts on are some lovely offerings from my favourite (one-time) local company....

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I plan to get this built up and rideable asap, and then slowly get it exactly as I want it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:14 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing this one get built up
also interested in seeing the results of the bead blasting

subscribing for updates, we could all do with a few more Vitamins in our life !


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:58 pm 
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Surprising how quick and easy it is to "ScotchBrite a Ti frame. Doesnt remove any material and costs nothing. Leaves a more pleasing finish than beadblasting IMHO too. Why not try this first?


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:00 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing this one!


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:57 pm 
BoTM Winner / retrobike rider
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Wold Ranger wrote:
Surprising how quick and easy it is to "ScotchBrite a Ti frame. Doesnt remove any material and costs nothing. Leaves a more pleasing finish than beadblasting IMHO too. Why not try this first?


I did think of going down that route, for more of a brushed finish, but the blasting is only costing me £15 so thought I'd see how that looks.
If I didn't get it 100% uniform by hand, it would drive me mad, so want to see it all flatted back


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:15 pm 
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Trying to refinish it by hand drove me so mad that I had to get it out of my house before I had a nervous breakdown. I will never make that mistake again :oops: , I hope you manage to bring it back to life again.
****************************************Never try and refinish a ti frame without the aid of industrial apparatus***********************************************


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:19 pm 
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futuristicoldman wrote:
Trying to refinish it by hand drove me so mad that I had to get it out of my house before I had a nervous breakdown. I will never make that mistake again :oops: , I hope you manage to bring it back to life again.
****************************************Never try and refinish a ti frame without the aid of industrial apparatus***********************************************


:lol:
I'll try my best to do it justice Dan!


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:38 pm 
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More parts arrived today! Probably the worst packaging I've ever seen, AND it had come all the way from Hong Kong.
Luckily, it's all just in need of a damn good clean....

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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:41 pm 
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cough! canti rule, cough cough

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is is the 1 1/8 version? mine is 1", they seemed to have 2 batches of these with both headset sizes.


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 Post subject: Re: Tingy, tangy citrus
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:52 pm 
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jonnyboy666 wrote:
cough! canti rule, cough cough

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is is the 1 1/8 version? mine is 1", they seemed to have 2 batches of these with both headset sizes.


Mine's a 1" too. Sorry Jonny, but the canti rule is getting broken by me (again!) with this one :D
I want to build it as close to the one in the pdf link below

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j& ... 3924,d.d2k


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