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zigbit

Member since Feb 2018 • Last active Aug 2021
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    Carbon inline post to finish it off. Still in two minds about putting another chainring and a front mech on it though. Could do with some black bottle cage bolts too.

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    It does work well to be honest, nice and comfy to ride too. I've got another basket town bike already though, so could do with something a little different. Easy enough to revert back though.

    @vpCogworks feels it! Not too sure, not that light though, the wheels are definitely weighty. I'll get it on the bathroom scales at lunchtime aha

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    Flat bars it is. I'll hunt out a black inline post to finish it off.

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    Slight change of plan with the Dolan. I wanted to build it up on the cheap using bits from the spares box, but the chainline is way out with the fixed wheel and I've not got any drop bar levers which I thought I had.

    New plan is 1x9, riser bars and the old wheels off the Tricross. Cleaned and knocked back the surface rust with wire wool/emery cloth before a couple of coats of Halfords finest clear coat. Got the stuck post out and reamed the seat tube.

    Had a nice afternoon building it up in front of the Tour. Not 100% sold on the bars, they look a bit too wide and with too much rise? Comfy to ride though. Alternative is some narrow, flat bars (maybe with bar ends), but that'll leave a big saddle - bar drop.. Happy with how it's turned out considering it's a bottom of the parts bin build, I'll keep an eye out for a black post though.

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    Ahh that's good to know and ties in with the one other similar frame I found a picture of online (albeit with no shaped DT), that had Deda tubing.

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    As above, I'm after the following:

    • a broken/spares or repairs (read cheap!) left hand Shimano road shifter. I've got a right hand Sora R3000 with busted shifting inards that I'd like to use as a brake lever only and could do with something else to match the other side. It's for a beater so no need for it to be an exact match, as long as the shape of the lever is the same. I think the following are the same shape; Sora 3000, Tiagra 4700, 105 5800 & 7000 and Ultegra 6800 & 8000. As long as the brake lever works I'm not bothered about the shifting bits or the cosmetic condition.

    • a 19t 3/32" fixed cog

    Cheers!

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    As ever, summer means a slow down with bike projects as I do more riding. But I picked up a new (old) frame from the local bike charity for a good price. Intention is to build a very tatty, beater fixed road bike on a minimal budget, using all second hand/parts bin bits.

    The frame is a 90's (mid/late?) Terry Dolan road frame, with maybe the worst paint I've seen. Really tatty, with large areas of bare steel around the BB, dropouts and downtube. Fortunately I think I've caught it before it's terminal, there are no dents and the tubing seems sound. With a combo of acetone and wire wool I've removed as many of the marks as I can and knocked back the surface rust. It's now hanging on the washing line getting several coats of Halfords finest PU lacquer to hold the rust at bay. All the braze ons and gear hanger will be left on.

    I'm not sure what the tubing is, if anyone has any ideas? Can't imagine it's anything fancy. Tig welded, 27.2 post, 1" threadless HT and quite a nice aero downtube. The fork has a Columbus logo stamped on the steerer, but there are no markings on the BB or dropouts.

    It came with a decent Cane Creek 40 threadless headset and I picked up a Boardman stem and bars (logos have been removed with acetone) for a few more pennies. I'm thinking it'll probably need a 1 inch stem and 26.0 bars though, to match the 1" headtube properly. The modern 1 1/8th stem and 31.8 bars will do for now though with a shim.

    Only thing missing from the parts box now is some aero brake levers. I've got a UN71 BB and 105 cranks, along with a cheap fixed wheel set and a brown Super Turbo saddle. All the finishing kit will be black.

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    Curious if anyone knows what tubing this old Terry Dolan might be? Picked it up cheap with some very tatty paint, can't imagine it's anything too special. The one other similar frame I found online had Deda tubing (but not the aero downtube).

    Thinking mid-late 90's. Frame is tig welded, 1" HT, 27.2 post, with an aero downtube. No markings on BB or dropouts but the fork steerer has a Columbus logo stamped into it.

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