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Mystery Bike

This is a genuine request for help in identifying this bike. It’s steel, most likely the 531 as stated on the decals (it is ‘pingy’ steel and appears to be butted) and it is almost certainly British. What’s not sure is the framebuilder….is it a vintage Overbury’s, a very old Saracen or is it something a little more esoteric and bespoke?

It belongs to a fellow RetroBiker and is a very fine build indeed, check out the circa 1980 M700 Shimano Deer Head, the amazing Nitto stem and the H-U-G-E amount of space behind the seat tube

If you can positively ID this bike then contact me via Goatsurfer.com or via RetroBike

 

Sunday Ride @ Salcey Forest

Due to previously reported ‘issues’ bike riding hasn’t featured on my agenda for some time but now things have changed I intend to get out and ‘do a bit’ again.

I figured the best way for this was to start gentle so I hooked up with fellow RetroBiker GT-Steve for a few laps of Salcey Forest ) which was probably the last time I rode a bike back at the start of March).

It was the start of a VERY hot day for the UK so we started the ride at 10am and did 17.674 miles of hot dusty trails. GT-Steve tore a valve off his front tube about 5 minutes out but after he switched tubes we had no more ‘mechanicals’

I did a lap of the woods on his Alpinestars Cro-Mega and I must say it rides brilliantly, much better than what I was riding on this day…

EWR Project – Phase Twelve

OK so the NOS Accutrax forks went back in ok, first time this bike has had the correct sized forks in it since I bought it!!

The steerer is still uncut so short term I have switched the stem and bars so I can use normal stem spacers until I am 100% happy with the length, then I will cut it down. I couldn’t use my current stem as it’s a Syncros Cattlehead with one of those pesky angled tops on it, preventing me from using stem spacers above the stem

I’m thinking about modifying a stem spacer but that involves diagonally and accurately cutting a stem spacer to work with the angled top of the Cattlehead stem and I only really need to do this if I’m not 100% happy with the bar height.

So for now we have this ugly silver Specialized stem paired up with some VERY cool and scarce Answer Alumilite DH bars (still with the original gold shim ). I actually really love these bars and might stick with them, the only thing I’m not sold on is their colour as the rest of the bike has a black and yellow thing going on…


Here’s another neat trick to use with Oury Grips on a hot day…roll them off ‘condom/prophylactic’ style and roll them back on the new bars…..yep, you guessed it……’condom/prophylactic’ style

Rolling rubber…

Rolling it back on…

Continuing with the ‘body parts’ theme, what comes off the bike just looks sick….in fact do I need to spell it out or shall I just say “Pass the Butt Plugs”

So here we are with the temporary stem and bars and a mile of steerer tube…just while I convince myself the bar height is 500% correct…then the hacksaw comes out

So, for the first time ever maybe () I have two bikes in working order (just need to get the other five done now….)

EWR Project – Phase Eleven

So, where were we…….?

Ok, yeah, about a month ago I had just got my NOS Accutrax back from the paintshop and then all hell broke loose at home, so I’m picking up where I left off…

My friendly neighbourhood decal man had mailed me a bunch of repro decals a while back so task one was to get the new forks ‘decalled up’. I opted for black screen print onto a single clear sheet this time instead of pre-spaced lettering on a clear sheet as they are more robust, especially on the outside edge of a fork, plus I got two sets so I have a spare to use later when ‘trail damage’ trashes the first set.


Fatty & Skinny – 1″ and 1 1/8″ Accutrax

New decals

Spot the difference…

Decals now on, the next task was fitting the Chris King crown race to the forks, this was done using my custom made ‘Crown Race Setting Tool’

Perfect fit, ready for the EWR frame now…

EWR Project – Phase Ten

The Paradoxes of Motion (Zeno’s paradoxes)

“In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.”

—Aristotle, Physics VI:9


So, we ALL know i’m slow, but life is throwing shit at me currently so slow has slowed down to ‘More than slow’ so bear with me and try not to fall asleep

EWR Project….remember that in the depths of your mind?…well, here’s another small step for mankind. My NOS 1 1/8″ Accutrax are now back from the paintshop and the fresh decals have been ordered. I’m currently trying to figure out how to cut down a stem spacer diagonally so I can play with bar heights using a Syncros Cattlehead stem….then we are in business

In the meantime….here’s some freshly painted Accutrax that have been out of harms way while the clearcoat hardened.

It’s Tool Time…(Contd)

There’s a bunch of ‘heavy’ stuff going on at Goat Central, hence the lack of Blog posts but here’s a quick update on the continuing ‘Tool Time’ post from a few weeks back .

The second task on that list (M100 ‘Dale – Remove 1 1/4″ Chris King NoLogo (bike being sold)) is now complete and I have this beautiful 3DV King No-Logo headset back in the spares box. Harsh economic times says sell this badboy but my heart says I should keep it stashed as locating another one of these would cost $$$ if I ever have another 3DV project

Resurrection Joe…

‘I said hep cats, sinners, brats
Suck on this for sunshine
This is the resurrection
Yea, of the good times
I said hep cats, sinners, brats
Sunshine
This is the resurrection
Yea, yea, yea, of the good times…’

No time to play recently but some hastily grabbed time allowed my first love to be rebuilt from the pile of parts that has been thrown in my shed for the last 8 months. It’s a shame to have such a nice bike all broke up so now its back up and running, alive an kicking….maybe one day I will get to take it out for a ride….


No more words….just lots of pictures…..enjoy

EWR-less…..temporarily :-(

For the first time in six months I have been separated from my EWR

It has gone to the paintshop for a few weeks while the new Answer Accutrax get colour matched to the frame. It’s a task that needs doing but I’m gonna miss that legendary ride and will have to bring this old friend back from the dead as a stand in.

Sadly it does not currently look as nice as it does in the picture below, its been partially stripped and flung in the back of my shed since September 2009 when I started a wild love affair with my yellow EWR, turning my back on my first love……my Pace RC200

Never fear, it will be back but for starters this is how it DID look earlier last year:

Fork Gathering…

‘Stock Checking’ tonight revealed a glut of forks stashed at Goat Central so why not dig them out for a little group shot….its nice seeing just over a decade of fork design layed out before your eyes too….Answer Accu Trax from 1988 and RC36 Pro Class Ltd Edition from 1999

It’s Tool Time…

“Does everybody know what time it is?”
It’s Tool Time but sadly I have no “Tool Time girl” to assist me with my duties….

Ok, so there’s a mega ‘Headset switchfest’ due to take place here at Goat Central, here’s the moves, try and keep up

EWR – Switch Chris King Devolution for Chris King Classic (now I have the correct forks..)
M100 ‘Dale – Remove 1 1/4″ Chris King NoLogo (bike being sold)
Funk Pro Comp – Switch non period-correct Chris King Classic for Chris King NoLogo
M700 ‘Dale – Remove remains of WTB Greaseguard headset (bike being sold).

I like to use the correct tools instead of Caveman Techniques when I can so the following weapons will be deployed…Star Nut Tool, Headset removal tool, Headset Press.


Last nights job was the EWR, the current Accutrax have been sold to another collector and I need to convert back to 1 1/8″ headset so I can use my new Accutrax

“More power!”

Brakes off

Magura mounts off

Bars and stem off

Just the pesky crown race to remove

No more riding my EWR for a while

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