So, last weekend I snagged this beauty* from eBay for the princely sum of £40, and yesterday it took up residence in my kitchen
I deliberately haven't even cleaned it (let alone stripped it) until I could start photographing it. On reflection, I probably should have cleaned it. Oh well.
Cat is unimpressed:
Worryingly, it seems the previous owner was actually using barends on those risers:
And the infamous 'proof' of it being a Richter. Perhaps.
The only bit I intend to keep from this bike is the frame, although one or two other parts might be kept for a while to save funds (u-brake, stem, maybe front mech). I'll be using as many bits from the Ballistic build as possible, but there'll still be plenty of gaps to fill.
First decision will be what to do with the frame - it'll be stripped and powdered, but I'm torn between black (original) and white (preferable). As I'm not doing a catalogue-spec build, and afaik the model designation was only based on spec level between 3 identical frames, I guess it doesn't really matter. I'd still like to put some Richter decals on it though.
I also need to think about what forks to use - I want to keep the weight down, but fear I'll be too heavy a rider for SIDs. Any suggestions welcomed, the sooner I decide the more time I'll have to look out for bargains
...pretend here is reality, and not some expectant itch of july...