You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby elantra » Fri Dec 29, 2023 8:16 pm

elantra wrote:
Mon May 01, 2023 7:20 am
elantra wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2023 8:09 am

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I think I committed a crime against good taste by putting that style of bar tape (and the yellow electrical tape) on the black ITM handlebars.
So it has been removed and replaced with some Deda bar tape which is more comfortable and looks better.

The Motobecane Grand Touring is an interesting frame.
It’s a lightweight Vitus tubing.
According to the internet, it uses Suntour dropouts. The Lugwork and paint quality is very good, but no water bottle mounts !
Frame has plenty of room for 700x32 tyres but I doubt that 700x35 would fit.
By contrast, I have a similar size Shogun frame which I suspect is circa 1980.
It has slightly more space for tyres and slightly more laid back steerer angle. But the Shogun doesn’t steer as quickly and feels rather awkward riding out of the saddle.
I was concerned that the Motobecane might have strange French thread types in the BB.
But I was able to insert a fairly conventional old Japanese Cup & cone BB.
But only after being unable to fully screw in a 1990’s era Shimano sealed bottom bracket. :|
My rebirthed Motobecane is simple but I really like riding it casually.

There have been some “improvements” mainly in the cockpit ergonomics.

That stem pictured above was not a long term proposition, I wanted something slightly longer and slightly taller. And preferably not fugly.

Anyhow I found a more functionally sized traditional quill stem but it didn’t like the ITM bars. Must have something to do with some infinitesimal difference between 26 mm and 1 inch

Enter some rather nice old period correct GB bars - fitted the stem perfectly
But in true Imperial tradition the GB bars are only 15 inches wide, not ideal for a tall bloke like me riding on gravel etc.
When the pivot point on that brake lever lost its ability to stay in its position I decided time for a rebuild.
Found some battered looking Campag Chorus brake levers and a slightly wider handlebar
It was a bit of a mission replacing the cables (Campag brake lever cables have a smaller knub at the start of cable)

And application of some new bar tape of course - it’s an “interesting” look that pattern. Not the most comfortable bar tape but this is not a bike for the long rides.
I might put some hoods on the Campagnolo brake levers - one day !
But I have no intention of taping the drops. Fullstop.

Hers a few now pics

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and from the rear - saddle has “patina”. Modern saddlebag is (just) big enough to fit an IPhone mini
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And the bar combo that was replaced

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby pbekkerh » Fri Dec 29, 2023 10:03 pm

elantra wrote:
Mon May 01, 2023 7:20 am
elantra wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2023 8:09 am

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I think I committed a crime against good taste by putting that style of bar tape (and the yellow electrical tape) on the black ITM handlebars.
So it has been removed and replaced with some Deda bar tape which is more comfortable and looks better.


I like that tape but in another combination :-)

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby elantra » Fri Dec 29, 2023 11:46 pm

^^^^^^ Nice, really nice !

Especially the Bike Friday.
Your fixie is is on the LOUD end of the colour scheme spectrum !

I can’t remember the brand name of the bar tape. but it is easy to apply and sticks well.

You could write a very long essay on the various options of bar tape products and techniques.

I like most bar tapes as long as they are not blue or too expensive. Or too thin - what is the point of bar tape if it is really thin ?

I also don’t like any of those tape bits that you are supposed to use at the stem end of the bars.
They are slippery and soon want to lift off.

Recently I have been using cable ties, the ones that have a small cutting edge in the locking mechanism, which cleanly and easily slices the excess cable off without leaving any sharp ends.

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby pbekkerh » Sat Dec 30, 2023 12:00 am

The Specialized is a limited edition trackbike, made for the track olympics in Rio in 2016
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby pbekkerh » Sat Dec 30, 2023 12:09 am

elantra wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2023 11:46 pm
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I like most bar tapes as long as they are not blue or too expensive. ..........

Recently I have been using cable ties, the ones that have a small cutting edge in the locking mechanism, which cleanly and easily slices the excess cable off without leaving any sharp ends.
Hehe, I don't agree about blue :-)

Do you have a link or picture of those cable ties?

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby elantra » Sat Dec 30, 2023 12:46 pm

pbekkerh wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2023 12:09 am
elantra wrote:
Fri Dec 29, 2023 11:46 pm
..........

Recently I have been using cable ties, the ones that have a small cutting edge in the locking mechanism, which cleanly and easily slices the excess cable off without leaving any sharp ends.

Do you have a link or picture of those cable ties?

https://www.bunnings.com.au/gardner-ben ... k_p0392224

These linked above are the cable ties, might be only available in some Bunnies stores.
Understandably are a bit more expensive than generic cable ties.

The Planet X TT bike looks good- but I do prefer the look of that Specialized track bike !

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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby find_bruce » Sat Dec 30, 2023 3:23 pm

You can buy a special cutter which leaves a neat finish or for the tight among us use a snap off knife which similarly leaves it flush & smooth
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby warthog1 » Sat Dec 30, 2023 3:46 pm

Side cutters here.
Translucent cable ties tend to be less UV stable I believe.
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby pbekkerh » Sat Dec 30, 2023 5:34 pm

Aaah I see. But I use my electronics flushcutter for cable ties although I would never use cable ties for bartape :shock:

PS: fixed the photo problem with my Boreas.
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Re: You beauty - let everyone see what you've got!

Postby pbekkerh » Sat Dec 30, 2023 5:44 pm

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The Planet X TT bike looks good- but I do prefer the look of that Specialized track bike !
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They really went all out. Did you spot the green seatrail and the two green and yellow spokes?
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