Ribble Reynolds 653 Retro Mod Project

Gunk

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@Hugh Jampton was offering a frame FOC so grabbed it, it will suit my sort of build.

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My plans are 105 1055 7 Speed groupset, with a lovely Nervar crankset and Sora 2x7 Brifters, wheelset will be 105 1055 hubs with Mavic open pro rims. Bars, seat stem and saddle will all be modern so a sort of retro mod, which I really like building.

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That should look great
 
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Gunk

Gunk

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Best find was the Sora 2x7 brifters very rare and impossible to find in good condition, mine are mint.
 
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Gunk

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I did a little bit this afternoon, cleaned up the RX100 calipers with degreaser and wire wool, they've come up well for only £13.

Built up the wheelset. The wheels are really clean with just some minor wear on the anodised rims, They're early 1990's Mavic Open 4CD on 105 1055 rims, I fitted Schwalbe Lugano 23c tan wall tyres (£12 brand new off eBay for the pair!) and a Shimano Hyperglide 7 speed cassette, so all ready to go.

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As usual I'm just waiting for one part to arrive before I can crack on, the bottom bracket, hopefully it'll arrive in tomorrows post.
 
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Gunk

Gunk

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BB arrived today but I just ran out of time, ended up clearing the leaves in the garden and playing tennis with my son, however I checked all the parts and made sure everything was prepped, cleaned and ready for the build. usually I can build up a bare frame in a couple of hours, so my plan is to start it later in the month when I have some proper free time.

If it fits me and I gel with it, my plan is to fit it with mudguards and a pannier rack and keep it as a winter bike, The only problem is that I'm running out of space in the garage, I probably need to cull a couple of bikes :stop:
 
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Gunk

Gunk

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I unwrapped the frame from it's bubble wrap, gave it deep clean and dealt with the chipped paintwork, especially around the dropouts.

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I touched in with a pot of Humbrol gloss enamel, takes an age to dry but is a good colour match, once it's completely dry in a couple of days I will polish and detail the frame using cutting paste.

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Gunk

Gunk

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I was struggling to get the BB in earlier this week, it was super-tight, so a pal of mine re-cut the threads this morning, I will start building it up over the weekend.

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