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ya, they have cool frames. mine is just aluminum (with carbon fork), but I wanted to try it. I have a full carbon Kestrel, and an old OCLV already. It's a fairly stiff ride, but acceptable.
A couple of Motobecanes.
Red & black Grand Record has wheels built from NOS Pelissier hubs and have gone for the older European style & put on as many French parts as practical. Still a lot from Japan & it imitates the French style (fenders, racks). Plus just plain good Nitto bars & stem. Stem shifter set up uses Suntour Sprint shifters, pure smooth friction shifting joy. Since picture I have covered the bars ahead of the brake levers in stitched elkhide. Gives a nice hand position further forward. Future plans include an extra front wheel with generator hub and some working classic fancy French lights for getting home after dark.
Black & silver Jubile. Stronglight & Huret. Awaiting the fender treatment (or not), maybe a milder set of modifications and a tune up & wheel truing.
I run my handlebars about seat height for all day comfort.
"Is it rolling, Bob?"
I just got my old 1982 Raleigh Competition GS running again after sitting for a really long time.15- 20 years? I replaced it with a Raleigh Super Course in 1992. I bought this new in 1982, first bicycle that I paid a lot of money for. At least it was in 1982, I paid $686.40. It came with mostly Campy Grand Sport later upraded to Super Record. Still have new chain, bar tape and more spit and polish to finish it off. Great bike had lots of good times riding it. I hope to get healhty enough this summer (ankle surgery last month, number to get it rolling again. It deserves to be on the road.
In 1984, I had the chance to buy a new Competition GS, for $400, advertised as "last of the English Raleighs" in my size too. I still regret not getting it. This 60's Herc will have to do.
Fixed up my Raleigh Portage to ride a couple centuries over a recent weekend. Seattle, WA to Portland, OR in 2 days. It is an 80's touring bike with 650b size wheels, nice long wheelbase, relaxed geometry. Shellac on cork grips and the most broken-in, comfortable Brooks in my collection. Nice original low mileage bike & it performed flawlessly. That black thing behind the front bag is a crow feather from the yard.
"Is it rolling, Bob?"
Will post pics of my full-restored 1976 Peugeot UO-8 soon; the only non-original parts are the tires, Huret shifter and saddle.
IMHO a fixie is the purist form of cycling there is.
Rat Rodding, is, if anything, the passionate act of creating something functional from an ostensible pile of rubble.
Nothing as nice as most of the guys in this thread... just a quick flip I finished a couple of weeks ago.
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