Chas Roberts Custom Special 54 cm. Dented Top Tube £250 Sold


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For sale:

54 cm. Chas Roberts Custom Special bike in two tone Flamboyant Green.

This was purchased in September 1999 from Roberts Cycles in Croydon alas long before they closed.

The specification is:

Seat tube c to c = 54 cm.

Top tube = 56 cm.

Head tube = 12 cm.

Campagnolo Centaur ergo 9 speed shifters.

Campagnolo Racing Triple rear derailleur.

Campagnolo Racing Triple braze on front derailleur.

Campagnolo Triple Racing chainset 30-40-50 with 170 crank arms.

Camapgnolo Athena Cassette 13 - 26.

Campagnolo Athena bottom bracket.

Sach 9 speed chain.

Shimano RX100 brake calpiers.

Shimano M520 SPD pedals.

Recent newly built set of 700c Mavic Open Pro in Black. 32h DT Competition SS spokes. Done less than 100 miles.

Campagnolo QR Skewers.

Campagnolo Record rear hub.

Campagnolo Chorus front hub.

3ttt Synthesis stem.

Morphe Handlebars 44 cm.

Stronglight Delta 1" headset in silver.

ESGE long mudguards in silver.

Elite bottle cages in silver x 2.

Cinelli cork ribbon handlebar tape.

(looking at the clearances, a 28 mm will fit).

I have the original seat post which is a lay back one which I'm not keen on. The original seat post will come with the bike on sale.

Very comfortable saddle.

Asista rear rack - silver.


Without doubt this is the best bike I've ever ridden ( leaving aside my mates 5 grand Cervelo, not a fair comparison ! )

The wheels were new less than 6 months ago and have done less than 100 miles.

It shifts effortlessly and is so smooth and quick, even with me on it :biggrin:

No groans, rattles squeaks or damage.

The frame:

Columbus Nivacrom tubes.

Cast Lugs.

Embossed head tube and bottom bracket shell.

The original paint scheme is lovely; or at least it was !

This is the right touch up paint: ... 3365527375

The original owner decided to touch up stone chips and scratches and it is without doubt the worst touching up that I've ever seen.

Treated with internal frame preserver when new.

Well there it is. Maybe I've painted a bad picture of it but I've been as honest as I can with the listing; perhaps a little too harsh as it's a superb bike. It's a real effortless mile eater even with my knackered knee.

* I have the original Order Form and receipt of purchase from Roberts Cycles from 21st September 1999. The frameset with the headset was £588.*

* I also have the original build sheet from Argos Racing Cycles in Bristol when it was built for the original owner. The bill for the components at the time was £958.*

All the original paperwork will come with the bike on sale.

Payment is by bank transfer or cash on collection only.

Prospective buyers are more than welcome to come and try before you buy ( social distanced, obviously).

Took it for a final spin today after changing the awful Michelin tyres and the seat post. I believe the original seat post is a Nitto lay back in silver. This will come with it on sale.

Confirmed two things so it was worth while.

1. My knee is much worse than I thought and I can see it ending up as a physio job (did it test riding a Full Sus MTB for my mate that slipped a gear).

2. This is a superb bike !

Asking £575 offers bit I feel a more realistic price is £475 which enables the new buyer to have it powder coated it in a colour of their choosing.

So £475 collected from Hardwicke in Gloucestershire. The kettle will be on :bicycle:


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Lovely bike :becool:


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And another one with the original seat post and the rear rack.

All dressed up and nowhere to go !

Is this a slightly better look for it? I think so.




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I decided, now it turns out foolishly to take it for a spin as it's such a nice day !

Well that didn't go well. I leaned the bike up to lock the door, it fell, hit the step and now is wearing a dent in the top tube. :x

I'm gutted. So now I find myself in a predicament. Sell it as is or strip it down and sell off the parts. I'll have to have a think. :sad:




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Might be worth offering on the bay of fleas. A few folk might have frame tube rolling blocks to fix that dent.
Thanks very much for the advice. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with anyone riding a damaged frame, particularly if it came from me !

No, I've decided to split it and at least there's nothing wrong with the forks.

A trip to my m8s LBS tomorrow to break it all down and then wait for the dreaded £1 eBay offer. :sad:
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