F R Russell

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by biggs682, 30 Jun 2017.

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    In the last two days me and this machine have done 60 miles and enjoyed every single one of them .

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    It's proving to be a worthy winter bike .
     
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  2. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    I can't say the same about my intended winter bike since its too big for me to ride comfortably.....just have to stick to this one, hard life is it not ?
    By the way, happy Christmas Mr. Biggs. May we find more dream machines in 2018:cuppa:
     

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    @woodbutcher i just normally start looking around August for something interesting and cheap then get it ride and fine tune pre to winter starting so its run in and ready to go come winter .

    And a happy Christmas to you and yours and yes to lots of nice bikes in 2018 for all
     
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  4. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    Woodbutcher, if you're on Facebook, go to Retro Cycling Marketplace Australia and have a look at the 80s era Faggin listed there for lots of money ... we don't get as much of the good stuff in Australia but this is seriously noice. Cheers and bestests to all for now and years to come.
     
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  5. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Holy smoke ! just had a look and it would seem to be almost the same as the one l have. A little while back sent a photo of it to Faggin for their archive but haven't heard back from them yet. Thanks for the link, pity it is a bit pricy shipping to Australia or we could start supplying some tasty Italians (bikes that is) ^_^ Here's another pic.of my baby....
     

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    I have had a look as well and it's nice for sure .

    Think I will keep my Italian Legnano for now .


    Thinking of treating the F R Russell to a full refinish come the spring but then I might just not .
     
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  7. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Wise move to hang on to your Legnano. Im not sure if l am correct but it seems to me that there is a real demand for nice '80s or earlier Italian bikes. I base this feeling solely on the fact that there are fewer around for sale in Italy and the prices are strong .
     
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    woodbutcher Über Member

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Another 36 damp miles this morning , time for a clean me thinks.

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Well longest ride to date on this machine done this morning after some pre ride lubrication and cleaning of the chain .

    I thought at one stage i might need a periscope as i came across one section of flooded road and quite a few big deep puddles , but we survived .
     
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  11. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

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    Looks rather too good for those sort of duties to me! I suppose it's all relative and really depends on how nice your "best" machines are.

    My idea of a winter hack is more like something that was rescued out of someone's rubbish bin and is pretty horrible with no attractiveness about it to spoil with salty road slush.

    I do like the fact there seems to be an appreciation on parts of this Forum for proper old bikes that actually look like bikes, not like something produced by an industrial injection moulding machine.
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    @SkipdiverJohn this was bought to be my winter / bad weather road bike due to its condition ie if it gets dropped on some ice or whatever then it aint going to matter to much .

    Once the winters done i will either tuck it away in the corner of the garage and leave till next year or treat it to some fresh paint etc etc


    Best machines are 1980's 'Aero' Ian May Cycle , Legnano and i suppose this The Pollard has arrived although this has done some winter rides .
     
  13. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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  15. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    I just hope that it doesn't sell, if it did it would only encourage more outrageous prices and reduce the chances of mere mortals like me of being able to afford interesting bikes. Happy New Year ^_^
     
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