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  1. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    Yes, that’s one of the nice oddities on this frame. I understand they were sold as tourers and yet had 531c throughout, so nice and light and with a geometry that suits someone of my age. I think it is the most comfortable frame I’ve ridden in ages.
  2. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    The last parts have arrived so it's been a busy weekend. Frame, bars, headset, seat and post, calipers and wheels have remained. The rest got swapped. So I now have end to end Shimano 105 5700 era, with compact hollowtech2 crankset and the GS mid-cage rear mech. The cassette is still the nine...
  3. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    Thanks hamster but I have both mechs in hand, and needed a GS mid cage to cope with the bigger cassette I have planned - legs aren’t what they used to be for climbing. Good luck with the sale.
  4. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    Thanks for the thought, but I‘ve got a Shimano 5750 compact coming. It’s silver and has a slightly more open look than the more modern stuff so I’m hoping it fits in well. I have silver levered shifters on another bike that will be swapped onto this. The goal is to have 5700 Shimano in silver...
  5. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    I've been very remiss in updating the thread so here is the summary of progress so far. The frame is a great fit now that I have corrected the seat post that was set the wrong way around. Most of the running gear was stripped including the bottom bracket that needed a great deal of...
  6. Philtalks

    Orbit Gold Medal

    Another project began during a visit to the MiL over the weekend. Something came up on eBay and after a bit of offer ping pong I bought it, collected it and got it home. It’s an Orbit Gold Medal from the late 80s. Apparently made in Sheffield 58cm in 531c throughout (according to the seat tube...
  7. Philtalks

    The Road bike Introduce Yourself Here Thread

    Re: Hi, I'm Phil from Oxford. I've got a new project starting so thought I would get introduced and share it as I'm sure I'll need some help along the way. I cycle a lot and tinker even more and retro road bikes are just great fun. Last weekend I picked up a Claud Butler Criterium for very...
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