1994 Off-Road Team Toad

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A little over two and a half years ago a friend, and fellow vintage bike geek, put me in touch with someone who had a Toad that he was willing to let go, for the right price. For those who know, extracting a Toad from Canada is no easy task, if you can even find one. Given the choice I would go for an earlier model but beggars can't be choosers. Introductions were made, photo's were shared, questions were answered and the price was agreed. These Team Toads were built by Chris Dekerf and, allegedly, only five were made in this smaller 16" size. Here's the first pic I took when it arrived, complete with colour matched Dekerf Tuning Fork....




The bike was test ridden and reviewed in the May 1994 issue of Mountain Bike Action....






In 2012 this one had gone back to Chris Dekerf for some repairs and at this time the noodle for the rear brake was removed, as the bike was running V brakes and the noodle was effectively redundant. The frame was also repainted by Dekerf at the same time.

Once I had raised the funds and paid up the frame made it's long journey from Canada, by boat, and it arrived around Christmas time 2017. I spent a few days drooling over it and took a few pics before hanging it on a hook in the shed. Being snowed under with work and having many other projects meant that this is where it sat for the next three months. In March 2018 I took it down from it's hook and was looking it over when I noticed an worrying crack in the paintwork, which followed the weld where the seat stay met the seat tube. I dropped the frame around to a friend who carefully removed the paint and confirmed the worst :cry: Fortunately my friend, and fellow Retrobike member, was confident that it was, for him, a fairly easy repair and he reinstated the missing noodle at the same time. He did an excellent job of only removing as much paint as was necessary but some cosmetic attention was still required. I visited a local paint shop where they supplied me with some paint to match the existing. Off the frame then went to a local paintshop where they did a great job of blending in the paintwork to a very high standard. Things were back on track, with all work carried out by local tradesmen :D This all happened, as these things do, over a period of several months. Here's a few pics of the various stages of repair.







Frame, post repair....

 

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Re: Re:

al-onestare":s8c11q6v said:
Superb job.

You got a Toad, the Canucks got Harry ;-)

Win, win :LOL:
 

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:cool: very nice Adrian, it will look great in your collection.

Are the rack eyelets standard or an option? and love those forks too. Interested to know how well the seatpost clamp works.
 

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Amazing project :cool:

Well worth your perseverance with the repairs/paint - it’s going to be stunning. Can’t wait to see it completed.
 

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mk one":2ag5axp3 said:
:cool: very nice Adrian, it will look great in your collection.

Are the rack eyelets standard or an option? and love those forks too. Interested to know how well the seatpost clamp works.

I think the braze-ons were standard Mark; the test bike had them. The fork isn’t part of the plan as it goes ;)
 

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Re:

A couple of things worth noting regarding the magazine article:

i) My frame, unlike the one in the article, doesn't have the downtube gusset at the headtube.
ii) MBA calculated the weight of their test frame to be 3lb. By 'calculated' I assume that they subtracted the known weights of the components fitted. My frame (smaller than the MBA frame), with hockey taped chainstay, weighs in at a fairly svelte 1693 grams (3lb 12oz), so either MBA calculated incorrectly or my frame was beefed up.

I'm a big fan of Chris Dekerf's work and I love the Tuning Fork but I didn't think it really suited this frame. I traded the fork with a Dekerf collector back in Canada so it made the return trip west. I spent quite a while considering the build plans for this one. I've never really done a Syncros build, and this seemed like the perfect project, so that's the direction I'll be heading in. Deciding on a fork took some time but I plumped for an Accutrax in the end, held in place by a black Chris King headset. I still need a few decals for the fork, stem and bar and the wheels are just placeholders to give an idea of how it's going to look.

 
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