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    Linus Gaston

    I am trying to find out what size stem the Gaston has, I want a Guvnor but can not afford one so Linus it could be, I would like to fit a more retro looking fork.
    Does anyone have one? I would like to know the distance between axle and brake bridge.
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    The stem info is on their website. 100mm.
    http://www.linusbike.com/products/ga...detailed-specs
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    Thank you I just went back in to the site and it let me bring up the detailed specs, which it would not do before. I wanted to find out if they were 1 inch stems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bicycle Addict View Post
    , I want a Guvnor but can not afford one so Linus it could be,
    You should build one on the cheap then: 1 Raleigh Sport or similar steed $75 + $100 for a slightly used Brooks = $150 Guv nor look alike (ish)


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    Yes!! I have been chatting to a guy that has a 30's BSA frame fork headset and BB, I just have to convince him that I will look after it!? Of course I will! I should know in the coming months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    You should build one on the cheap then: 1 Raleigh Sport or similar steed $75 + $100 for a slightly used Brooks = $150 Guv nor look alike (ish)

    Very sexy bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    You should build one on the cheap then: 1 Raleigh Sport or similar steed $75 + $100 for a slightly used Brooks = $150 Guv nor look alike (ish)

    I agree, except that it's $100 for a slightly new Brooks-- it may not have the same Ti rails as the B17 on the Guvnor, but.... http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126176127

    -Rob

    PS- nice GH-6 on that Raleigh

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    Also PS- some cream EA3 Delta Cruisers would amp up the Guv-factor on a Sports like that....

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    ^ Agreed, the Cream Delta's would be very Pashley indeed.....but I just can't . Got me on the Ti rails, but I'm saving weight by not carrying a water bottle

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    I think the bike is great and should stay as it is in its simplicity, couple that together with owner satisfaction in bike makes it a success as a build, don't change a thing and it is fine without the TI status symbol(just my opinion on anything less than very light roadbikes). The only thing I would ever consider doing is going Black WHEN cables need changing.

    Ralieghs and the like are heavy bikes, that is one of the reasons they last so long thicker tubes equal long life against rust, a mates Grand father still rides his 1920 something Sunbeam that his father had since new.
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    Agreed, it is a weighty little beast. I'd imagine better wheels would make a huge improvement but that would break the $200 build budget. I think a Raleigh Super Course would be a better frame to build off of, lighter and more sizes available. but then again more $'s sourcing things like an IGH wheel set and Northroad bars, the Sports was a cheap build...just take stuff off and flip the bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    Agreed, it is a weighty little beast. I'd imagine better wheels would make a huge improvement but that would break the $200 build budget. I think a Raleigh Super Course would be a better frame to build off of, lighter and more sizes available. but then again more $'s sourcing things like an IGH wheel set and Northroad bars, the Sports was a cheap build...just take stuff off and flip the bars.
    I find the fact that you can just remove the guards(fenders) chain guard flip the bars and bang totally different look all within the purchase cost, bar cost of renewal/fixing old parts, very appealing
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    BTW Velognome are those bars new manufacture or NOS? How do you find the ride position?
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    Those bars are standard, as supplied on every Sports, genuine Northroad Bars, I just flipped them. The riding position is a bit odd at first as the bars are low and close. They inspire a "vintage I'm going fast" feeling. It's just a fun bike to hack around on.

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    Just to clarify: I wouldn't change your bike, @Velognome . I'm just saying that cream delta cruisers are an integral part of the Sports-to-fake-Guvnor recipe.... and cheap, too.

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    Gotcha, I've concluded that it's better to stop short than go too far on the Guv thing....more inspiration than imitation.

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    All round good looks, any other people gone this way rather than cash out for the Guv, or Gaston, Velognome has convinced me I will try this rather than buying new, probably on a 70's sport frame I have and then redo it properly when I can get hold of a 20's - 30's - 40's BSA or Rudge
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    Actually I will use this Carlton that I bought tonight with the other one in pic for $10 NZ on an auction site over here.
    Here is the auction pic.
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    I may well go the Delta Creme route or some Michelin World Tours, or just 700c's with cheap CST gumwall(skinwall) tyres
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    Nice, a northroad bar, saddle and some wheels and your set. Are you going fixed, IGH or keeping the derailleur set up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    You should build one on the cheap then: 1 Raleigh Sport or similar steed $75 + $100 for a slightly used Brooks = $150 Guv nor look alike (ish)

    I really wish I hadn't seen this bike. Now I'll have to find an old school frame like this so I can build one up! This looks cool and it's a smart way of repurposing a raleigh sport. Good job on taking over this thread btw, .

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    The derailleur set up looks original I may go that way I do not know at this stage, I am stoked I had one of these a while ago, but it was too big, now I have this.
    As long as the big 4 do not put up too much of a fight (Stem/Headset/BB/Seatpost) we have a pretty solid vice at the shop so I should be OK
    Some big hammers and some lumps of 4x2 too, should things get difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    Good job on taking over this thread btw, .
    Didn't intend to Hijack, sorry. Just wanted to give Bike Addict a less expensive & vintage route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    Didn't intend to Hijack, sorry. Just wanted to give Bike Addict a less expensive & vintage route.
    Teasing never travels well on the internet. It is clear you weren't trying to hijack the thread. I just thought this was a really neat way of repurposing a Raleigh sports or similar era vintage bike. I like finding projects like this because then I'll look around for a frame or bike to repurpose.

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    Hijack!! Where?? All good Velognome has indeed provided me with some "vintage" wisdom hence the bike purchase above, as far as this thread goes come one come all, hijack away!? More the merrier!
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    "hijack" was tongue and cheek....a full blown event would have included pictures of the collection, family vacation pictures and a C&V Epistle.....This thread, like the forum, is a great place to learn and see from others....Now, Bike Addict, go build that Guv-nor and post some pictures!

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