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    Mostly Mischief jan nikolajsen's Avatar
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    Woodrup Giro Touring - my first British bike

    Woodrup of unknown vintage. Over BB cabling, no braze-on's for DT shifters, nutted brakes, 126mm rear.

    More pics to follow. Just finished putting it together. Red label Reynolds 531 Professional, lots of chrome, TA crank with half step and granny. Brooks Pro with huge rivets.

    Wheels are Normandy Luxe Competition to Weinmann concave rims in 700.

    In pristine condition save a small dent on the top tube. No rust, no scratches. Flawless chrome.

    Took it around the block around midnight in 15 degrees. Feels good, unlike my extremities.

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    Is that Sakae Randonneuring bars?

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    I loled. Twice. Then I cried. Then I rubbed one out and cried again, but thanks for sharing.

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    Loving it! Especially that mother-in-law half-step granny ring.
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    oh wow.. that's a gorgeous bike!

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    Congratulations on the new addition!

    It looks so much more nicely finished than mine, and I am really diggin' the color scheme. I look forward to hearing your ride report

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    Nice! I had a "Maurice Woodrup" get away from me once, and have had a jones for one ever since... FYI, we have the same Merckx....
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    Very nice... indeed. I am also interested in what bars those are. I am really digging those concave Weinmanns, got to find me some of those one day.

    Looks like about a 62cm?

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    Spectacular, Jan! I need to come up with a project that demands a TA. Then, I need to come up with a TA. Well done!
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    thats a beauty, and a build and size i could see my self riding.
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    Pretty.

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    Gorgeous bike...love to hear how you got it if you're willing to share.

    I posted the below on the other recent Woodrup thread.

    I bidded unsuccessfully on a 753 Woodrup frame last year. But while considering it I came across the page of Kevin Sayles....Steve Woodrup's framebuilder from 77 to 99



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_sayles_bikes/



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_s...es/3163560420/

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    I have one that's a little older than yours and I love it. A very underrated bike. Hard to say, but it looks like it might have a replacement fork.

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    old_dreams, thanks for the links. That's a lot of images, looking forward to perusing them. It seems likely Kevin built this one.I got it on ebay, 4 bids - sold for $612. Ended on New Year's evening.

    The bike came as shown except for Weinmann Carrera side pulls (actually a quite nice set, unbeknown to me), and a brand new hideous bar stem combo, threadless type but installed with one of those studs that convert quill to modern. Also had indexed Accushift 6 speed barcons which I replaced with friction.

    Not done yet with the build. Might ditch the wheels and with them the awful Gatorskins. Plenty of room for 32mm rubber. Fenders? Would look the part, but hardly useful around here. Also will get an Acorn saddlebag and a small, yet to be determined, front bagggie.

    I plan to use this as the bike to take when the point is not to go as fast as possible but rather adding on the miles. While it is called a 'touring' model I will not be touring on it.









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    Stunning. That red & chrome is a nice contrast. Very functional and creative build. You must have a hard time each morning choosing amongst your fine bikes, but I suspect this one will get it's time and then some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
    I have one that's a little older than yours and I love it. A very underrated bike. Hard to say, but it looks like it might have a replacement fork.
    I was thinking that too, but the inside tang of the crown has the same club cut-out as found on the frame lugs, in addition to the rest of card deck suits. Which is the same as seen here on Sayles' Flick set:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_s...es/5187600625/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen View Post
    I was thinking that too, but the inside tang of the crown has the same club cut-out as found on the frame lugs, in addition to the rest of card deck suits. Which is the same as seen here on Sayles' Flick set:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin_s...es/5187600625/[/IMG]
    Yep, that would likely be original. Mine have a sloping crown. How's the fit for you?

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    Very impressive Jan! Love those shiny seat stays!

    PS - I can understand replacing the Gatorskins but why would you entertain "ditching" the Weinmann Concaves?
    - Auchen

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    Jan, if you're interested there is also a chapter devoted to Woodrup in "The Custom Bicycle" by Michael J. Kolin and Denise M. de la Rosa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
    Is that Sakae Randonneuring bars?
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
    Very nice... indeed. I am also interested in what bars those are.
    Sorry, overlooked your questions. The bars are unmarked, but fits me better than Nitto. They came from redxj in one of his huge purges a few years back..

    And the frame is 60.5cm ctc with a 57cm TT and a wheelbase of 103cm. Chainstays are 42.5 ctc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    ...why would you entertain "ditching" the Weinmann Concaves?
    Maybe I won't. At least not right away. But the wheels are heavy and those hubs, Normandy Luxe Competition, have not the best of online reviews. The rims are single walled, my only of such, and the tape really doesn't do a great job of covering the spoke/nipple area. I suppose they look unique and probably are close to attaining iconic status. Anyway if they go it will be as a complete wheelset, including the gold Atom 77 freewheel, another French first for me.
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    I must say I have seen nothing negative about those hubs. I'd take them off your hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen View Post
    Maybe I won't....
    ^ Good idea! Stop right there! No need to go any further!
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    Jan - Sweet machine. Chromovelato finish? If so, they tend to be fragile.

    My Raleigh SuperCourse (urban assault vehicle in it's current incarnation) has those same rims. They're not bad, durable, and can run up to at least 38's. In fact, higher volume, lower pressure tires might work out better with them because the opposite combination can work it's way off the rims, and is a bit prone to pinch flat (ask how I know this). Might want to look into a speed-lever, as the high sides can make tighter tires - like Conti's - a real pain to get on and off. Replace those tank treads with Paselas, or Grand Bois 28's or 32's and it will feel like you're riding a cloud.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen View Post
    old_dreams, thanks for the links. That's a lot of images, looking forward to perusing them. It seems likely Kevin built this one.I got it on ebay, 4 bids - sold for $612. Ended on New Year's evening.
    Well I believe I was right behind you at $602. I kind of kicked myself for letting it go as it looked very cool and unique (except for that stem). And from your pictures it certainly is. Fantastic buy and beautiful bike. Glad it went to someone on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
    Well I believe I was right behind you at $602. I kind of kicked myself for letting it go as it looked very cool and unique (except for that stem).
    Small community, indeed. I think the bad score of the seller put a damper on the bidding. In fact if you read the feedback page it's evident that he's just fine but with one miss.

    The bar stem combo was truly hideous. So amazingly misplaced and out of context that I couldn't wait to rip them off. They are now on my friends indoor trainer.

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