Feature Bike Richard Thackray Original Team Pace F1 - Restoration Thread - Completed

R0012394-1.jpgCompleted May 2021

Setting The Scene
: Its fair to say I'm a huge Pace fan taking inspiration from Jerky, Gil M ,Rich Matthews, Bollox64 as well as many others

Through the years I've seen some epic Pace builds. DR s (pretty sure he sprayed his RC100 six times until he was happy with the colour) , Neil Millard's, Rich's Pink Pace (Mavic Groupset) and the perfection that Bollox64 goes to with his builds. I can't write about amazing Paces and not mention Bibbsey's original RC100 with a Campy groupset which is outstanding

In the late 90's a friend turned up on a Red F7 to go for a bike ride and id honestly never seen anything as stunning. I made him give me first refusal and when he later wanted to buy an Orange I jumped at the chance of owning it.

At the time of buying my F7 I genuinely wasn't aware that there were 6 previous iterations of this model, let alone that the RC100 existed. I made obtaining a RC100 and then an RC300 a goal and thanks to Jerky and the Caramba kid I got one of each. Since then I've added a stunning F1 finished in Champagne from Bollox64 and an F2 to my collection

I have previously mentioned there being 4 Pace's around that I would love to add to my collection, but that in reality I only stood a slim chance of buying one of them .

The Bike:

After a few ups and downs but definitely finishing on an up I've managed to buy Richard Thackray’s iconic ex team Pace F1 from around the 92 era (It definitely was the era of Purple or 3DV) . Although this bike was one of the four id love to own, I didn't think I stood a chance of buying it

The bad news however is that its been ridden over the years. Not normally a bad point but regrettably its been ridden to a point where damage has occurred. Its my aim with the help of some very talented people to restore this to as original a condition as I can. Thanks to Adam Bentham and Rich Matthews I have an idea of how the bike looked in its heyday and the component spec and what I aspire to return it to

For me its about keeping this as original as possible and showcasing the work of the talented people who without their help it would not be possible to see this return to becoming a rider.

This actually featured on an episode of the GMBN tech show. If interested follow the link at its at 7mins in (Thanks John Paddock aka Spud):

The talented people I will be engaging will hopefully add to this thread to showcase their specialisms as they undertake the work. This thread may go quiet given the current climate but will be added to as and when I can

The first order of business is to get it stripped down. The frame will be going off to the Leg End that is Dan Chambers, the Forks to Tim at Fork English. GIL M is kindly going to build the wheels and Retrodecals are working on producing a set of decals to match the bike in its sponsored race livery

I do need the following parts to help with this special build:

1) Rear 32H Pace Alloy Hub
2) Early Renthal (Shimmed Bars) sorted
3) M735 Shortcage Rear Mech (must be v.good + condition)
4) Silver or Purple X-Lite Crank Caps
5) X-Lite Cam Lock Seatpost Pin
6) Purple American Classic Bottle Cage (Fingers crossed that is in hand) Now sorted

Thanks already to SI33 for the pedals, its really appreciated and I will hopefully be receiving some special parts to make this build truly authentic. More on that as it happens

Pics:

Pic 1 - Damage to downtube
Pic 2 - Crack to Headtube Weld
Pic 3 - Miss-matched brake levers
Pic 4- In my kitchen strip down commenced
Pic 5 - Ready for collection
Pic 6 - Parked up looking good
Pic 7 - The Bike in its heyday being ridden by Rich
 

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daveyla

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Dave it's been great seeing this come together and your dedication to getting the right parts for it from all over the world, glad to have been a part of the build even in a small machining capacity pal cheers 🍻
Mate I can’t thank you enough and for anyone following the thread James aka The reach helped by making me the water bottle cage mounts as well as a set of bar end plugs, both were amazing to see made from scratch and look awesome

He previously made a component to provide horizontal tension to the Bullseye Cranks on my RC100 which he’s since sent all over the world. Definitely worth dropping him a message if you have a need for a bespoke component making
 

daveyla

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Really chuffed to have made the Pace blog, many thanks Sophie Flanagan

Great to give thanks to those that have helped me with this project which has seen Richards iconic Pace returned back to a rideable condition, retaining as much originality as I could

 

Spudly

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Thats a mega read dude, would be cool if you guys could all put something together to get Doddy to do a follow up on it, you should send him some pics in for his 'Rewind' section on the tech show, I'm sure he would love to feature it on there too!

Also very touched to see my name on the write up too Dave, I really didn't do anything other than be in the right place at the right time, it was clearly meant to be 😍
 

daveyla

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Thats a mega read dude, would be cool if you guys could all put something together to get Doddy to do a follow up on it, you should send him some pics in for his 'Rewind' section on the tech show, I'm sure he would love to feature it on there too!

Also very touched to see my name on the write up too Dave, I really didn't do anything other than be in the right place at the right time, it was clearly meant to be 😍
Would be fantastic to do a follow up with Doddy mate. I have sent him pics for the rewind section of his show. He has mentioned a week or so ago about coming up to visit Pace so would be great to take the bike down when he does visit for a follow up

I thought my chances of buying it were over until you signposting me to the GMBN tech show, honestly without that crucial information I’d never have been able to buy it, you’re a legend 👍🏻😁
 

Spudly

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Would be fantastic to do a follow up with Doddy mate. I have sent him pics for the rewind section of his show. He has mentioned a week or so ago about coming up to visit Pace so would be great to take the bike down when he does visit for a follow up

I thought my chances of buying it were over until you signposting me to the GMBN tech show, honestly without that crucial information I’d never have been able to buy it, you’re a legend 👍🏻😁


You're too kind dude, but thank you muchly, I'm terribly humbled that my little nudge in the right direction meant so much (and apologies that it cost you so much too lol 😆)
You'll have to give me a shout if that goes ahead with your bike and Doddy at Pace hq, would be good to see it in the flesh, and I could take my jmc replica for Doddy to have a nosey at too lol 😉
 

pete_mcc

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Loved every post on this thread. Congratulations on creating such a superb bike, just perfect. And kudos on getting all the right people to do all the right things, amazing team you had around you!
 

daveyla

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Loved every post on this thread. Congratulations on creating such a superb bike, just perfect. And kudos on getting all the right people to do all the right things, amazing team you had around you!
Thanks Pete I’m, really great to hear you’ve enjoyed the thread. I couldn’t agree more than I’ve had some fantastic help from some incredibly talented people
 
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