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That got me inspired so I did a 30 mile retro ride on my Reynolds 653 road bike, fully restored by me and Mercian in Derby. Surprisingly good considering it’s great age, my first proper race bike.

I have a record 53, 39 alloy chainset if it helps your restoration. I’d guess 25 is a good price. However I restored my bike above with new Veloce and it is nicer than the 15 year old Record stuff on my main bikes. Super smooth and slick. Retro is good but brakes and gears have got better.
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Hi Keith, glad to have inspired you . . . project slowed again due to "other things" . Thanks for the offer of the chainset, but I managed to get a Super Record Strada 52/42 in really good condition for £95.
There have been a few bumps along the way; I had to have the steerer milled down by 2 thou to accept the headset but it led to the discovery of a small local engineering firm who did it for a tenner. And , thanks again Lavazza for the offer of help and advice.
With winter closing in it should be the ideal time to get the job finished . . .
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And now, due to lockdown and renewed interest in getting it finished, I have made some modest progress with the Vitus. More work to be done today but she has moved under pedal power. I need to fit cabling, adjust gearing. I am not fitting a front changer at the moment as the one I have is a bit “rough”, so that will wait.

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Looking lovely apart from that one rusty spoke :)
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Wow - that looks extremely lightweight

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evo_ufo wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:19 pm
Looking lovely apart from that one rusty spoke :)
Wow! Good spot, Will. Now where is the Solvol Autosol?
Just shows what happens if you leave things untouched for 12 months which is more or less what I have done with the Vitus.

Pierre, it looks light but it is surprisingly weighty. A bit disappointing in that regard, although I have not had it on the scales.
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thommo wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 2:37 pm


Pierre, it looks light but it is surprisingly weighty. A bit disappointing in that regard, although I have not had it on the scales.
Owner , or bicycle ?
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The Missus got her cervelo and open up from the tristore locally. I borrowed a £7.5k electric Specialised from them last week. Wow. That is my future on two wheels.Now, wheres my lottery ticket
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First, a note: Will, happily, the "rust" turned out to be greasy/oily/dirty deposit!
And, fellas, ('cos it's all fellas, isn't it?) thanks for your comments. Apart from the suggestion that I might be overweight!
I'll have you know that, thanks to dry January and an application of some rare willpower, I have shed a stone and a half since returning from the Nyloc Euro tour last September, a trip fuelled by coffee, cake, beer, full breakfasts and heavy evening meals.

The Vitus was limited to riders of a certain weight when new. I think I am now under the threshold which was another incentive to shed the excess avoirdupois.
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