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  • Quick mock up with intended bars/stem/saddle...


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  • Very nice. What bars are these?

  • Thanks!
    Bars are Nitto Noodles

  • These are the cantis I plan to clean up and use


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  • Instead of these


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  • Lovely colour. Going to be great.

  • Couple of evenings this week, after kids are in bed, to "tidy-up" the BB area. Yellow's not a perfect match and my lug lining is nowhere near as neat as Mercian's work (obviously) but this had to be done: it's an improvement from what it was, with the satisfaction that there was no rust under the mess, and the revealing of frame number.


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  • Rebuilt the bike (sans mudguards for now, because I really don't like the ones that came with it), with my preferred cantis. Still need to find a more period appropriate FD.
    Around the block test ride was satisfactory, just a little saddle adjustment.
    No rain tomorrow so I'll commute with it.
    I think Berthoud mudguards are what I want, tho Honjo are only a tenner more on Freshstripe, but GB more bromproof, but, but...


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  • Very nice. Only the tyres are letting it down imo

  • Agreed! The fucker came with these indestructible continental tires! I may swap them with the panaracer/planet X tan wall tires from the Dawes...

  • Looks lovely in yellow.
    Makes me wish I bought my Pelago in yellow instead of the sparkly grey.

  • /\ ta!

    And, when I need to re tape, I'm tempted to use the dia compe levers I got from @Oddo and a "funkier" tape...


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  • I've decided not to be such a fussy f***er, and re installed the mudguards that came with the bike. I've removed the horribly homemade rear mud flap (will put another one later maybe), and gave them a little clean. They're a bit wobbly but I don't want that bike to be "precious". Also makes the tyres less ugly I think.
    If/when GBs / Honjos are ever on sale, then maybe...


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  • A pair of silver hammered mudguards wouldn't look amiss on this - but those look fine.
    And you can always get metal ones if these crack or break.

  • Couple of Mercian updates...
    Couple weeks back I bodged a rear rack I had into a front rack, which was satisfying... With a bit a amateurish brazing.


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  • But then I was remaining unhappy about these mudguards, and still not wanting to buy some, I swapped with the tandem's ones, which are much nicer and were anyway a bit tight with the tandem wheels (contis size big...)
    Unfortunately I couldn't make them work with the front rack, which had to go (until I modify it's bracket clearance)
    I also found an old cute steel rear rack on eBay for cheap. It's quite small and fits quite forward so I think I'll have to limit myself to the small (front) super Cs panniers.


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  • I'm quite happy (finally) about where it's arrived now.


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  • Love it : )
    The mudguards and rack finish it off nicely

  • Thanks!
    Unless I'm mistaken, I bought these mudguards from you years ago, they're the slightly champagne color ones, which I first used on the tandem

  • Oh yes, I think you did!

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Varonha custom frame... And other ongoing stuff

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