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June 2014
Heavyweather ~ Somewhere in the UK Having cut the bottom bracket down to 68mm and installed a threadless unit, it was time to treat the frame to a fresh coat of paint. This was done by Amourtex of Hackney, London. I also bought new alloy 451 rims (5 each off ebay) and re-fitted the SA drum brake hubs from it's previous incarnation. RXD3 rear and XFD front. I have doubled the 3 gears by means of a double chainring. The chain slack is taken up with a simplex derailer. There are no cables to change gear - I use my foot to shift down and have to get off and use my finger to go back to the 52t ring. This gives a range of 7 to 3.2 metres development, and it comes in handy since I live at the top of the steepest hill in London. The head-tube is cut down by an inch or so, to accommodate threadless headset, which allows the stem to be clamped with a kingpin stem-clamp. I foolishly forgot to take this to be painted, however. The stem is a BMX seatpost, and the bars are from child's micro scooter. I used the original mudguards since they are in good condition and keep the classic look. They also keep my trousers clean.
Posted by David in Florida on May 31, 2014 Full Size| Slideshow

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