Hmmm. While it isn't quite in lemon territory, it is very evidently a 26 year old bike.
It needs to be covered in degreaser and given a good old wash, and then to check for cracks. This will be done on the weekend with some before and after pics. However, my immediate observations having...
So, I’ve picked it up. Have lobbed it in the garage til the weekend.
First impressions. It’s filthy - I mean absolutely disgraceful. Wheels are cheapo Quando that will need to go. Rear mech looks modern, shifters have been replaced. Forks move so that’s positive. It is however surprisingly...
Ah, no - idiot. The e type goes round the BB doesn't it... hence the need for an equivalent spacer. e type has passed me by (unless its a Jag, and then its a different matter). Spacers seem cheap online so I'll get one ordered :)
Quick one for the RB brains - what's the difference between a UN72 and a UN72E?
Just found a UN72 to fit what I need, but on receipt it is an "E" (which to be fair is what it was advertised as) - is that going to give me a problem?
So, I’ve been thinking about a winter project for a bit – as I’ve been tinkering with my bikes over lockdown and got to a point where I’ve kind of done what I wanted to do. My P7 is under wraps and I’ll post on it when finally done. The Clockwork is almost there, and my modern just doesn’t need...
Another fan of a Fat Spanner here.
I have to say that as I replace tools I'm doing so with Park, and am yet to find anything of theirs that hasn't been superb. Pricy but just works. I do recognise not all can do that and I'm fortunate now to be able to do it.
All those lovely blue...
I do love these having had a similar vintage Lava Dome when new, and in that colour too - it rode so well - and I would pay good money for one now to scratch the itch again.
£500 is waaay hopeful even if the bike does have the longest USE seat post in the world evvvaaaaaar.
I'd hazard a guess that it is cheaper to finish in black than produce a decent polished surface. Then build in planned obsolescence as us vain perfectionists replace scuffed kit that is perfectly functional but looks scruffy...
Now there's something you don't see every day! Very special indeed :)
There was a reasonably recent thread where someone refurbed some Halsons if you were looking for info, though the Mags look spot on.
Whats the ride like?