Well thanks to everyone who gave me good advice on restyling the old bird. Although late, i promised to show you the result.
This is what it looked like.. (London Southend Heartfoundation run)
Shiny black - Armourtex Hackney - About £50, got the nice price since they actually wanted more for aluframes.. Lovely guys!
Wheels - Longleaf bikes USA. velocity - Phil rear hub - Formula front. The guy there Chris (i think) was super helpful and even reduced the stated value down to $150 dollars or so to help ease the VAT.
Major issues. The headset bearing cups. Needed pro help to push them back in...
It now weighs in at 8,5kilograms
Well i have since moved from the big smoke after 8 years of mayhem, and find myself in little Oslo.. And yes I cycled the bike all the way from London to Oslo.. The route was London - Harwich (ferry) Esbjerg - Vejle - Viborg - Frederikshavn (ferry) Oslo. 4 Days of cycling in all.
Lovely ride but would have been even better with some company...
Along the way:
I do miss London from time to time....... Give us a ding-dong if you come to norway..
South London Rocks!
BTW I´m super happy with the thing. I recommend this bike for anyone who wants a low-cost low maintenance FG/SS bike you want to do some serious milage with. And its super fast!