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  • So with the recent influx of Roberts builds and rebuilds in Current Projects what better time to start our own little thread dedicated to Croydons very own...

    From the skinny tyred race machine that is the Master Pro right through to the 26" wheeled world champion tourer that is the Roughstuff, I want to see them all!

    Mine? Basically a track bike with a more long distance friendly geometry. Reynolds 853 main triangle with a blend of Columbus for the stays. Two water bottle bosses. Drilled front, not rear.

    36h White Industries track hubs, Mavic CXP 33 rims. Sugino 75 cranks and BB, Zen chainring. Thomson stem and seatpost, Flite saddle. Zipp Service Course SL bars, Sram S900 Levers, Red caliper. Think that's the most important parts!

  • Check out my photos - I have a Roberts Lo-Pro in there.

  • Here's my Roberts pre pedal, tyre, saddle etc changes. It was custom built for my great uncle, who is now in hospital with a tumour but is apparently delighted that I fling it around the country on occasion with a tent and panniers attached.

  • http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/5121/­user9752pic121101323045.jpg

    Looks lurrvely! Care to share some info?

    Full DA7400 groupset, but now sold (not the frame - I couldn't sell it, it's West Ham colours!) as a result of thinking "I haven't ridden that for a while" and discovering that the tyres had less air in them than when the tubes were originally unpacked.

    Same happened with the Kalavinka - I'm keeping ALL the frames and only keeping the bikes that I actually ride.

    Shame really, but these things deserve to keep moving.

  • @tb: lovin' the teeny Roberts!

  • Apologies for the picture quality but this is a very well looked after track bike of my mate's, which I used to lust after at Herne Hill when riding round on the "tanks" circa 1985-88. I never noticed the pantographed Campag stem till recently.

  • Excellent, this is going to be a great thread.

    Here's a few that have run through the Stable in the past, most (sadly) now departed, but safe in the forums' bosom....

    Roberts Track

    w/ Sugino 75 Chainset, Phil BB,Mack SF laced to Open Pro CD's, Veloflex Corsa's Nitto Black ano'd Jag Stem, B123aa Bars and SP75 Seatpin, Flite Carbonio, Chris King SV 2nut Headset, Izumi super, Champ grips and Nitto bar plugs....

    **Roberts Road **

    Clombus EL, Fillet Brazed, Dura Ace 7800, 7700 Callipers, 7400 stem, Post and Hubs laced to Mavic 4CD, Flite, Noodle bars

    Loaded up for a bit of touring,

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    and in it's first ridable state....

    Mostly DA 7700 Group, DA/Easton Post, Nitto reversible stem (?) Hope laced to Rigda dp18s with the Michelin world champ tyres..

    653 Road (run-a-round)
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    Hotch Potch of parts but was a beautiful Metallic Midnight Blue, wish I'd taken better pics...here's the frame,

    Miss'jammin's Compact
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    853, fillet brazed, compact, tourer, nicer/newer than most of my frames ;)

    I will have a Chas made Stratton one day......


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  • Roberts Track

    w/ Sugino 75 Chainset, Phil BB,Mack SF laced to Open Pro CD's, Veloflex Corsa's Nitto Black ano'd Jag Stem, B123aa Bars and SP75 Seatpin, Flite Carbonio, Chris King SV 2nut Headset, Izumi super, Champ grips and Nitto bar plugs....

    .

    It's getting dura-ace'd, 7600 hubs laced to Araya CT-19N rims, 7710 crank set to be fitted, 7410 seat post, Dura Ace AX bars, hopefully AX stem too. Still need to make up my mind on a saddle. Izumi chain, Sugino 75 ring and EAI sprocket stays for now, but have DA ones to replace them.
    Today it looks like this:

    and with another Roberts :)

  • Loving that Phil wheelset, P ...Damn Purdy! and the rake on the fork, hmmm.

  • I've actually meet Chas at Bespoked few weeks ago, made him a few coffees a couple of times and had a little chat. Legend.

  • Was waiting for the yellow and black Roberts to make an appearance!

  • Ooh, now if I had that beauty I could nip across the road to the Blackheath Tea Hut, grab an animal burger and I'd be home in five minutes to eat it. :-)

  • really? i should have checked that hut out, i was pretty hungry at the time.

  • Was waiting for the yellow and black Roberts to make an appearance!

    swap?

    not really..

  • Was waiting for the yellow and black Roberts to make an appearance!

    you started it :P

    In fact (unless it's my browser) is yours not in the first post? please edit and ammend, its a perfect start.

  • Ehm b'jammin, why does the 653 Road (run-a-round) has downtube shifters and ergo's?

  • Done.

  • Mine? ...Reynolds 853 main triangle with a blend of Columbus for the stays...

    Chas did mention what it's very common to have main triangle Reynolds and other tubes Columbus.

    He said mine was made of gas pipe. At least i know now :)

  • ^ Hah, really? Gas Pipe. Never knew, but suspected better as it by no means heavy.

    ^^one of the gear shifter levers was snapped, so were just being used as a brake levers. Bought it like that and never bothered to change it. Plus I like flicking (not to the point of changing gear) those little levers on the campag ergos, for some reason!?

  • I hope he was joking :)
    Then added that in worst case scenario it's 531, but more likely a combination of reynolds/columbus. Should give them a call and double check a serial number to be sure.

  • Lol b'jammin, i flick those levers too on my ergo's haha, so I'm not the only one :D

  • *http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/7889/­img2380a.jpg

    *My Roberts as it stands now.

    More details can be found in Current Projects.

    But overall it's a 1994 Roberts 531 Frame, 1998/9 Campagnolo Record Titanium Groupset and Campagnolo Record Hubs on Dt Swiss Rims.

    Frame was resprayed at Argos who are highly recommended.

    P.s. I also like flicking the little lever on the Campag Ergos too. :D

  • Here's my Roberts pre pedal, tyre, saddle etc changes. It was custom built for my great uncle, who is now in hospital with a tumour but is apparently delighted that I fling it around the country on occasion with a tent and panniers attached.

    Said great uncle died today. RIP, cool uncle who I sadly never met. Will be thinking of you on my summer tour on the Roberts.

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