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Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:47 pm
by FatGuts
Hey guys, I have been looking for a SS project bike. I cracked the frame on my Avanti Giro, bought another bike & have a lot of bits hanging around. I have no SS in the shed, not sure I will want one but decided to give it a bash. Instead of outlaying on a frame I have been hunting around for a freebie.

So I get a call from a mate & he has found one at his local tip. No dramas, I get it home today & its pretty straight. Coolio.

BUT, I cant work out what brand it is. It is steel and brazed with pretty good quality fittings and it has this badge on the stem:

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& nothing else :?

So what is it?

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:16 pm
by LG
Bennett.

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:41 pm
by ldrcycles
Bennett of some description. Most of the Bennetts you see around the place were just low end 10 speeds, I don't know a lot about them but i'm sure there will be other people who will be able to provide more info.

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:36 pm
by Kermit TF
Hehe, Ive been waiting for a bennett to appear..
I have a couple sebring mk2's , which where made from 79-85 , the last year of the sebrings had superbe components and some had ARX, but the majority had shimano arabesque 600 groupsets, I also have a pretty rare 85 bennett aero mirage, which was top of the list..
I also bought a mint brown 82 supersports for the heck of it....Im also eyeing off a mid 70s long frame bennett dragster.
In their era they where the Valiants of their time, couldnt kill em..
Looking at yours Id say its a 70s frame, the badge changed in the early 80s. I doubt its a sebring as they where mainly made in a dark blue..

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:57 am
by FatGuts
Thanks guys. So its a Valiant eh? So it doesn't stop or handle but goes like stink in a straight line? :P

It was complete when my mate picked it up but the wheels were trashed & the running gear looked in bad nick so he stripped it for me. Am I bastardising this bike by SSing it?

Should I get as many of the original components as I can and resurrect it?

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:06 am
by bychosis
Your frame, your choice but I'd suggest that any Valiant should have some level of customising. Speaking as having owned a Valiant (purple no less)

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:02 am
by FatGuts
Oh yes, its going to be painted in a colour that will stand out but not gaudy day glow crap......

I am planning two colours, a base colour & all the jugs and joints a different colour.

Either that or full Candy Apple red with gold metalflake. THAT is 70's.........

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:06 am
by FatGuts
Another Q: Old Sciroccos that break the odd spoke (re:in the twilight of their life) or my not so old tough as nails Aksiums?

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Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:38 am
by Clydesdale Scot
FatGuts wrote:...I am planning two colours, a base colour & all the jugs and joints a different colour.

SUBSCRIBED! :D

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:49 am
by FatGuts
Clydesdale Scot wrote:
FatGuts wrote:...I am planning two colours, a base colour & all the jugs and joints a different colour.

SUBSCRIBED! :D




Hahahahahaha, I fixed another spelling error but missed that one..... :oops: :mrgreen:

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:23 pm
by ldrcycles
I think red and white make a good combo. The first one is a bike I painted myself, and I've done a frame in the Faema colours as well, neither is difficult.

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Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:45 pm
by Kermit TF
Never thought Id see the day when a bennett and merckx appear in the same thread.... :lol:

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:49 pm
by ldrcycles
Oh and I forgot to vote for the aksiums, I reckon they fit quite nicely on steel bikes, and they're great wheels IME.

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:55 pm
by im_no_pro
I say give us a new pic when the frame is painted and i'll vote on wheels then.

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:59 pm
by FatGuts
im_no_pro wrote:I say give us a new pic when the frame is painted and i'll vote on wheels then.



Yeah, this is probably going to turn into a build thread.

I have been lurking around the touring section giving them the shits for a while so I thought I would spread the love :)

Re: Identify This Bike - Now, meet Barry Bennett

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:52 pm
by FatGuts
'Hi, My name is Barry...........and I am now a single speed.........now I know that this is a big change and may not be socially acceptable but my Dad accepts the fact that I no longer have gears and is a peace with it. Now that I have come out........I am hoping I can live my life peacefully cruising the paths of Canberra without judgment from people..........' :mrgreen:

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'I do have one problem though.........my old Dad crashed me once and I have a slight bend in the frame........my new Dad wont give me new clothes until he finds out if I ride OK so until we get that sorted I am a RAT SS! YEAH!!!!!!'

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:32 pm
by Kermit TF
Barry needs a sand blast.. :?

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:49 pm
by toolonglegs
Barry looks bent... not in a gay way, but in a " I meet a solid object " sort of way

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:16 pm
by singlespeedscott
Barry is banana bent.

Unfortunately me thinks it's time for Barry to make the one way trip to the great scrap metal dealer in the sky. :(

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:59 pm
by scratchman
singlespeedscott wrote:Barry is banana bent.

Unfortunately me thinks it's time for Barry to make the one way trip to the great scrap metal dealer in the sky. :(

mmm...as scott says, may not be structurally sound, what a shame :cry:

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:07 pm
by FatGuts
Yah, being my first attempt at anything like this I completely missed the bend earlier on.

Thats why I have decided not to paint, just play around with it to work a few things out like gear spacing and such. I may have a ride, see what happens.

Pity, it's light as and would be much fun.

Re: Please Help me Identify This Bike

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:59 pm
by FatGuts
Well Barry rides,.....& rides OK. He doesnt look any better but he is finished and riding. I managed to convert the BB to a square drive which opened up a whole lot of freebie options. I converted the old RX100 cranks to SS by using the small ring off my Truvativ from my Masi and cutting spacers for the bolts from the outer ring.

Brakes were an issue so I ended up just buying a set from Vintate Bicycle Parts in Victoria, Scott there was really helpful. So, he has cost me 60 bucks all up and doesnt get the wobbles up at 40km/h. He does feel a bit funny in the front. now to do a few miles to see if I like the SS thing........

Bodgey crank & no brakes :lol:

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We now have brakes (almost, no cables):

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TADAAAAAAA!!

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Now dont critique me too hard on things like cable routing and quality of fittings, this is only an experiment. The next one will be much better (practice for rebuilding the Raliegh). It has been fun learning about what will go with what and finding out the cheats. Barry and I will definately do a few KM's together. Apart from the funny feeling al the seat height is too low.....he goes alright. Hopefully my knees will go alright with the SS........