As for period paint i would go with a single metallic paint and some decals. I may have soem decals templates soem where if you want. Email me.
Cheers Kev, I may do about the decals but I think Argos should be able to cover it. I also have a couple of ideas about paint
Is there a braze on for a front mech roller guide? (to use a bottom pull front mech with top routed cables)
I wouldnt get too hung up on lack of canti cable stops, that could be a misnomer as there are many methods of running cantis with as few braze ons as possible.
No braze on for that, I had thought about getting one as I had always fancied XC Pro kit and didnt think they did a top pull front mech. The seat tube is 27.2 though so M901 or M950 both do a tp 31.8 band.
As for the canti stops, good point, I hadn't considered that. Some sort of dog collar maybe?
were argos not able to help you determine the type of tubing and grade of tubing that was used on the frame? i.e, 531..columbus, prestige...? may go someway to pinpointing the manufacture date, and even the manufacturer, if not overburys...?
and even though your experience of your visit to overburys wasnt pleasant, if it were me in your shoes, i would feel complelled to go back with the frame, and simply ask them to confirm, if they ever made there frames with "S" bend seat stays.....?????. you may find its sumthing a little more exotic...????
TBH I didnt ask Argos about the tubing as I didnt think it was even possible! I will bring it up when I end up back there, see what they think. Anyone know what weight I should be looking at for a high spec tubing like columbus? I haven't weighed it yet.
When I went into the shop Andy Powell did confirm it was one of his, when I pushed him on the frame number hoping to get a bit more info he told me he did keep records somewhere but he knew he made it and that was enough. I will go back when it is painted up nice, hopefully that will help