LOOK of love

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 16 Sep 2018.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    S W France
    I know, l know you've seen it all before but not now that it has proper (Cinelli criterium) bars and my home made drinks bottles.
    Just back from my first proper outing . I guess this is obvious to everyone else bar me but since all my other bikes are Campagnolo equipped l hadn't realised until now just how silent a Shimano groupset is....positively eerie.
    Temperature today is 31c but here we are in the forest in front of signs of the winter to come:sad:
    Hope you like the bike as much as l do :smile:
     

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  2. Pumpkin the robot

    Pumpkin the robot Über Member

    Is that your wood supply in the background?
    Lovely bike by the way :smile:
     
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  3. southcoast

    southcoast Well-Known Member

    Nice looking bike. Risking a puncture with all those wood chippings.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    I wish...but no, its the local guys who's business it is to cut trees in the forests around here. It is "fast" growing chestnut and the forest regenerates for the next harvest in roughly 30 years from now^_^
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Yep l know so l cheated and carried the bike to the log pile. I get twitchy if there are slightly too many stone chips on the regular road for my liking:smile:
     
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  6. TissoT

    TissoT Über Member

    That looks like a rather large chain ring on the front ... is that a 55/6
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    The chainrings are actually 52/42 but you are right, it looks bigger in the photograph. You have highlighted a problem for me though because the bike is too high geared for me in this very hilly area of the Lot and l need to change to no more than 39 small ring. l will keep the Shimano 600 tri-colour for the future, any suggestions for the change ? l want to stay with Shimano if poss.
     
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  8. TissoT

    TissoT Über Member

    I would be tempted to change the back bock to a 12/27 and see how you go. Unless its really hill then a its compact 50/34
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Thats an idea, thanks. Much less intrusive than the chainring option !!
     
  10. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    Big tooth picks @woodbutcher
    looking good how far have you ridden it so far ?
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Errr, not very far yet but l have spent quite a lot of time with it in my kitchen just soaking up the pleasure of having it around:whistle:
    It is a bit of a white knuckle ride especially on some of the long, steep and winding roads around here. It has a shortish wheelbase 97cm and it weighs less than 9.5 kg. And on top of that l am "chicken" :bicycle:
     
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  12. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    lol there built for speed
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    True, and as a bloke that owns a Ducati 748s, you'd think l would be used to shifting it a bit, but the Duke hugs the road at speed whereas the bicycle seems determined to chuck me and take off on its own !!
     
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  14. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    38 is the smallest chainrings for 130 BCD I think.
     
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    woodbutcher

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    What do you think of the 12/27 rear block option ?
     
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