The Roberts Cycles Handbuilt Bicycle Owners Club

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  • Photographs from the recent Roberts Rendezvous-

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/103240289@­N03/

  • Someone needs to be quick to buy this.

    Roberts track 52cm with a reasonable dent in the top tube. Decent Campagnolo track parts - wheels, cranks & looks like a Regina Oro chain.

    £250 BIN collection in London.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=­https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm­%2F232900643928


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  • I have just joined the group.
    This is my DogsBolx built in June 1994. Frame number 940603. It’s virtually all original apart from tyres and handlebar ends, and I still have the original receipts. I paid £860 for the frame, handlebar stem, headset and forks. I thought that was great value for money at the time considering it would take nearly a weeks work of a skilled craftsman to make your frame.
    I have been researching more about my bike and managed to get the original build instructions from the Roberts archives. I remember being measured by Chas himself who took my deposit. After reading more on this and the LCC website, I now know Winston Vaz built my frame (and handlebar stem) as it has his signature triple pointed seat stay reinforcement.
    I’ll post more images soon plus explain how I sourced all the components and built the entire bike to achieve an all up weight of only 9.77kg.


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  • ^Glorious.

  • Blimey that's great

  • Hi,
    More info on my Dogs Bolx. Back in the late ‘80s, early ‘ops I worked as a part time mechanic at Smithbrook Kilns Bicycle shop near Cranleigh. Fixing bikes that had wrecked bearings made me realise if I built my own bike it would have replaceable cartridge bearings throughout the bike including the jockeywheels!. That plus it had to be really light influenced my decision to use replacement titanium nuts, bolts and spindles for all the group set.
    So here are the original build notes. Apart from tyres and the bar ends, this bike is original.

    1994 Chas Roberts 17.5” Dogs Bolx - White Pearlescent paint with Gold / Red highlighted Clarendon graphics.
    Frame: (Columbus Max tube set / Tom Ritchey bottom bracket shell).
    Stem: Chas Roberts lightweight design and made to measure.
    Fork: Tange Superlight blades (Chas Roberts supplied).
    Headset: Shimano Ultegra 600
    Headset front brake cable hanger sprayed to match frame colour)
    Handlebar: Renthal RC sub 130
    Grips: ATI Tomac
    Barends: None
    Brakes F/R: Shimano XTR M900
    Brake Pads: Dia Compe
    Brake Cables: Shimano XTR Grey (1994) with Middleburn cable oilers.
    Cantilever cable hangers: Ringle Mojo
    Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M900
    Shifters: Shimano XTR M900
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano XTR Grey (1994) with Middleburn Cable Oilers.
    Cassette: Shimano XT M737 11-28 8 speed
    Bottom Bracket: Royce Titanium 68mm / 109 mm
    Cranks: Shimano XT M737 FC 175mm
    Crank Bolts: Royce Titanium
    Chainrings: Middleburn Compact Drive 42-32 and Shimano O/E steel 22
    Chainring bolts: Venhill Titanium
    Chain: Shimano HG
    Pedals: Suntour Superbe
    Hubs: Hope Titanium 32 hole
    Rims: Campagnola Atek 6082 alloy T6 (32 hole)
    Spokes: DT Swiss Double butted stainless steel
    Spoke nipples: light alloy
    Hub Skewers: Zero titanium
    Tyres: Specialized Pro Control S Umma Gumma Kevlar bead 26x1.95
    Tubes: Latex
    Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Transalp Titanium
    Seatpost: Ringle Moby post 27.2mm
    Seatpost Binder: Frame bolt STP titanium

    Weight: 21.5lb - 9.77kg ready to ride


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  • Very impressive attention to detail. Bravo

  • Lovely stuff.

    What is the saw tooth shaped thing in the second to last picture?

  • That is a home made chain suck device. I had mounts placed on the chainstay so I could fit one.

  • Roberts in Max tubing on eBay.
    57cm-Collection in Worthing.
    Ends in just over 6hrs.
    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=­https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm­%2F163234880342


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  • That is a very very nice ride indeed - don't think I ever seen a Dog's as nice tbh. Absolutely lovely.
    I had this frame made in about 1990 I think. It's full Max OR throughout, including forks.
    Bit random component-wise, Campag, ZT, Ringle, Dia Comp. Wheels are Mavic Paris Dakar rims and hubs. They'll last longer than I will I think.
    Still ride it most weekends now, and aside from a old Marin on a turbo trainer it's my only ride.

  • That is a really nice bike. I’m glad you still ride yours regularly. Mine is stored at the moment as I’m out of the country for some time. I really miss it!

  • Our 1994 Roberts tandem with Campagnolo 8sp tandem group set. Recently re-sprayed by Colortech and re-built by Brian Phillips. Rides like a true thoroughbred.


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  • Wow Andy that's absolutely lovely.

  • Can't beat a pink Roberts!


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  • Brian Phillips and Colourtech did a great job and we’ve tricked it out with Velo Orange stainless steel racks and mudguards. Very pleased with the result.

  • Are tandem cranks meant to line up?

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    Think Pink..

  • I have this Roberts fast road Audax bike
    It’s a little small so may be moving it on soon if any interest


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  • size? price?

  • 55 x 55 , I purchased it from @tomsvoboda
    Paint was car paint so had it refinished by Argos cycles in metallic gun metal with all the panto markings picked out in silver to match the new decals
    New hidden mudguard fixings & cable guides added
    Had headset & bb cased & faced with new headset
    Chorus 11 speed group set & Campag cables & adjusters
    Very nice Record silver OS hubs open pro cd rims running 25mm gp 4 season tyres
    Cinelli stem & bars
    Pdw metal fenders
    Arundal stainless cages
    Deda or Campag aero seatpost
    I want to keep the saddle , but can find another suitable saddle
    It will run 25mm tyres with guards or 28 easily without the guards
    I’d like £1100 for complete bike I’d keep the group set if splitting

  • Nice! I'd be tempted if I hadn't just bought a Roberts. How much did Argos charge for the paint if you don't mind me asking?

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