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 Post subject: 1991 British Eagle K1
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:55 am 
Dirt Disciple

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My 1991 British Eagle K1. Photo from the wrong side but anyways. 99% sure it's Reynolds 501, 21 speed Deore LX
GCNs YouTube Tech channel have inspired me to refurbish it as a 1x gravel bike. It could give it a new lease of life.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:41 pm 
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I like it, it has a lot of potential, and a decent spec by the looks of it.
Good to see these retro mtb's being given a new direction as the modern "Gravel" bike. Don't discount staying with flat bars with bar ends though, drops don't suit everyone or every bike build.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:42 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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jimo746 wrote:
I like it, it has a lot of potential, and a decent spec by the looks of it.
Good to see these retro mtb's being given a new direction as the modern "Gravel" bike. Don't discount staying with flat bars with bar ends though, drops don't suit everyone or every bike build.
Thanks, I'll see how it goes. First will be taking a measuring tape to it and see how it measures up vs my road bike and modern mtb.
There is a lot of potential for giving them a new lease of life which is great. It was quick enough for me back in the day so would be a nice runaround.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:18 pm 
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If it gets you back riding it again then that can only be a good thing :)

I'll look forward to seeing the changes you make.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:30 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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So, few proper photos. Removed all the junk. Patches of surface rust but doesn't look like there's anything too bad. Weight is 14kg
Measures up close enough to my road bike so I think I will convert to a 1x10 gravel bike

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:17 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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So, I've been stripping the paint off. Everything looks ok, but ... the frame has these marks. Any ideas? Some exotic rust?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:47 am 
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Yeah the K1 British Eagle was 501 tubing, I had the K2 in a Purple & my mate had he K3 in black.
Defo take it back to its original glory....how are getting on with it?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:54 am 
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It's already a gravel bike I reckon! The marks - rust worms. Fine threads of rust under the paint. They are usually visible before stripping. They can occur eventually even on unused frames from specks of untreated steel.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:42 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I've it cleaned fairly well and it's ready for painting. I've waited as the advice I've got is it's better to paint in warmer weather. If I can't get the garage warmed up I'll wait until later in the spring. I'm in no rush so may as well do it right.


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:19 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Slow going on the respray, I waited until we had some nice weather and with lockdown have some spare time. I'm hoping with all the extra time I got all the rust off.

First and second coats of primer are done.
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Found the original brochure complete with prices. It has 531 tubing.
Here’s the 2 pages of K series and the full specs from the back page.

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