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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:50 pm 
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I, like many others, was confused, intrigued and indeed repulsed by this bike when it cropped up on Ebay. At first glance it looked like a poor facsimile of a Trimble, cobbled together with random parts and a questionable rattle can paint job.
Not surprisingly, it didn’t sell first time round but when it was relisted, the seller included some additional info that had been shared with him by a fellow Ebayer. The mystery was solved.
It transpired that the frame was near identical to a little known bike called a Radical that featured in Richard Ballantines ‘Ultimate Bicycle Book’
I guessed that no one else had bothered to open the listing again (probably to protect their eyes) so I took a punt on it.
Chatting to the seller during the handover, I was told the tragic tale of how the builder , Peter Jackson had turned to alcoholism after the cold blooded murder of his teenage son, Grant, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and stabbed by a bayonet wielding gang member during a fight in a park in Sheffield.
This ultimately led to Peters death.
Peter reputedly handmade around ten Radicals during the late 80’s and early 90’s, some of which were full suspension, in his workshop behind his house.

It’s clear to see the DNA in the Prototype and indeed the evolution of the concept that was found on the production bike ( longer wheelbase, seat tube struts , canti’s and Pace forks)

Anyway, enough history.... link to original 'outing' thread: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=394319&start=50


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:43 pm 
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First job was to tear it down and inspect the frame for obvious damage and look for any subtle identity cues....
Very feint rhomboids could be seen under the rattle can paint job which must have been from the original paint scheme.
These were carefully traced around and plotted on a 'map' so they could be replicated as part of the restoration.
Then some gradual sanding through the layers to identify the previous colour. This revealed it had been subject to at least 3 colour changes during its lifetime!

Yellow, white and a pale green


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:06 pm 
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Pulling up a chair, this has the potential to be amazing (just don't use that front fork :shock: )
PS. If you want any advice on Carbon repair, just ask :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:51 am 
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I have a soft spot for those ... erm ... special brands. Amazing find.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:14 am 
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As much as I was tempted when this was first outted I must confess to being one of the many who saw it as no more than some garden shed student project

So glad you saved it ! Is that last pic the actual / real colour ways ?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:40 am 
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The last pic (black and red) is how I found it but with the rhomboids traced around for measurement purposes. A member on here recalls seeing a couple of these in a Dorset bike shop, one of which was pale green .... might have been this actual bike!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:30 am 
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I have used a Poultice paint removal system called Peelaway 7 to prevent inadvertently sanding through a layer of Carbon/Kevlar.
It's fascinating to see the lay up (which is quite rough) This will take a LOT of filling and sanding to achieve a reasonable surface, however, the original finish was not immaculate being a prototype....i'd kinda like to retain some of this akin to saving the artists brush strokes when restoring a painting.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:50 am 
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Also pulling up a chair. Tragic backstory but I guess the existence of these bikes is keeping memories alive and a legacy of some sort.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:19 am 
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Many , many hours of filling and sanding. Now ready for primer.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:40 am 
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What colour is it going? Or do we have to wait and see?


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