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RobertFrith wrote:Good question. I think Gordonsons must've closed up in the late '80's,
That'd be about right. I recall them still being on Wellington St in the early 80s and being gone by the end of the decade.
I've a plain-steel Gordo in the shed that I adore.
Made for 28" wheels but flogged by them as a 27" touring tens-speed. Brakes barely reached the rims even with looong reach (read floppy) calipers. Combine that with the original steel rims; rock-hard rubber pads & "suicide" brake levers and you got very poor stopping (well, "retarding") power, even in the dry.
But it's in a very pretty translucent red. With original alloy mudguards.
Swapped out the drop bars for some south-roads; added some "normal" break levers; alloy rims & Kool-stops and it now stops properly. I'm running a 3sp S/A hub, just to remind me why we abandoned them for the Japanese gear.
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