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    Shiny Moulton TSR-27 for Christmas

    This Christmas, I wanted a new bike under the tree .. being single has some advantages with regards to fulfilling that request.. I decided to build something up from mostly parts that I already had in the garage.. I had a Moulton TSR frame in a color that didn't do it for me, but I had got it at a good price a couple of years ago..






    I stripped the frame and sent it off to the local chrome shop to have it nickel plated and polished.. once I got it back, I knew this was going to be the base for my Christmas present.. I had a Kinetix Pro Dual drive wheel from an old Speed Pro ( I really like the SRAM Dual Drive and is my favorite wide range gearing solution).. laced up a 20h 100mm American Classic hub in a Kinetix rim for the front .. added VO Porteur bar (really comfortable with the leather grips) .. 9spd Shimano bar end shifter on the right.. 3spd Sturmey Archer on the left driving the SRAM Dual Drive hub..up front, a Sugino 48t non-ramped chainring .. NOS Suntour cranks and adjustable chainline Miche bb .. I've always liked the speed of Continental Grand Prix tires (and they were hanging from the rafters) .. the end result met all my expectations .. here it is on it's maiden voyage Christmas Eve.




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    Wow... You are the master of beautiful bikes...

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    Yep excellent rebuild, it certainly is a nice new shiny bike

    Being married also has its advantages, as for my 50th last year my wife got me a nice new TSR2.

    I then brought her a Pashley Princess this year for hers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Wow... You are the master of beautiful bikes...
    The Maestro ....

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    Bravo!

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    Stunning!

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    Bruce, VERY NICE, but now you have the responsibility of wiping all the fingerprints off the frame!

    No new bikes for me - I'm at the current self imposed limit of three, however, wife had only two since her beach cruiser (a beautiful Blue, Giant Simple 7) was stolen from our garage last summer in Ventura, CA. She had a dream recently about a 'City Bike' with matching racks (and some pedals that don't really exist). Just happened to see a real version of it online (at Bikes Direct), and she decided she'd spend some of the money that had unexpectedly come into her hands for the bike.



    Arrived in the Christmas rush via UPS in beautiful state. Did final assembly, greased and adjusted fasteners, and had to do minor truing of front wheel. She has only ridden it around the block for now - we have been out here on the coast most of the time - but she reports the 8-speed Nexus hub shifts really, really smoothly.

    We will see if I can keep up with her on my cruiser.

    Any other new bikes out there?

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    That bike is beautiful now! I really want a Moulton TSR myself! But I can see why you stripped the frame. I love pink, but that frame was a truly hideous color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    Bruce, VERY NICE, but now you have the responsibility of wiping all the fingerprints off the frame!
    I'm hoping the wiping will be therapeutic .. if not, it'll probably be one of those thankless chores someone has got to do ... so far, I've already sweated over a bunch of the tubes and am getting to really enjoy the shakedown rides ..

    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    No new bikes for me - I'm at the current self imposed limit of three, however, wife had only two since her beach cruiser (a beautiful Blue, Giant Simple 7) was stolen from our garage last summer in Ventura, CA. She had a dream recently about a 'City Bike' with matching racks (and some pedals that don't really exist). Just happened to see a real version of it online (at Bikes Direct), and she decided she'd spend some of the money that had unexpectedly come into her hands for the bike.



    Arrived in the Christmas rush via UPS in beautiful state. Did final assembly, greased and adjusted fasteners, and had to do minor truing of front wheel. She has only ridden it around the block for now - we have been out here on the coast most of the time - but she reports the 8-speed Nexus hub shifts really, really smoothly.

    We will see if I can keep up with her on my cruiser.

    Any other new bikes out there?
    Lou
    That's a good looking bike! I'm sure she'll love riding it!

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    very nice build.
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    I never thought TSR and porteur bar would look good together but the result is truly inspired!

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    Sweet bike.

    I have flipped a VO Porteur bar too. I wish it was a bit wider up front.

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    It's gone from looking like a bar of soap to. . . erm, not sure how to describe it other than it's awesome. If it were conscious it would have high self-esteem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    Sweet bike.

    I have flipped a VO Porteur bar too. I wish it was a bit wider up front.
    Another similar bar that I like is the SOMA 3 spd moustache bars .. they have a 505mm (60mm drop) and a 540mm (50mm drop) now.. I was going to use the 500mm SOMA (currently on my AM14) but had the 480mm VO Porteur on the shelf for far too long and had never run it.. so far I like it .. time will tell..


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    Haven't checked around here , others report plating costs,
    are not far off what powdercoating costs.

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    DEAR SANTA
    .....lol

    anybody has a pink one laying around.... green with pink polka dots, a angry bird paintjob....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    Another similar bar that I like is the SOMA 3 spd moustache bars .. they have a 505mm (60mm drop) and a 540mm (50mm drop) now.. I was going to use the 500mm SOMA (currently on my AM14) but had the 480mm VO Porteur on the shelf for far too long and had never run it.. so far I like it .. time will tell..
    I wanted a flatter albatross-type bar. To get more width up front, I put the brake levers on the outside ...




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    Great job! Stunning! Enjoy !

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    Any chance there was one of these in your stocking?
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcs View Post
    Any chance there was one of these in your stocking?
    Those would be nice if they clamped around a 38mm seat tube, for sure.. so far, no chain drops.. I've been riding it everyday since I completed it.. roughly 10 miles/day over a variety of street surfaces.. the Sugino single speed chainring and the long chainstays probably help some... if I start experiencing drops, I can cob something up or just mount a dummy f/d at the braze-on..

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    the 'Chain Minder', being based on a hose clamp, gets pretty universal in tube fit.

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    Plated TSRs are absolutely beautiful! I found a pic of a chrome-plated TSR2 from Thailand, yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    This Christmas, I wanted a new bike under the tree .. being single has some advantages with regards to fulfilling that request.. I decided to build something up from mostly parts that I already had in the garage.. I had a Moulton TSR frame in a color that didn't do it for me, but I had got it at a good price a couple of years ago..






    I stripped the frame and sent it off to the local chrome shop to have it nickel plated and polished.. once I got it back, I knew this was going to be the base for my Christmas present.. I had a Kinetix Pro Dual drive wheel from an old Speed Pro ( I really like the SRAM Dual Drive and is my favorite wide range gearing solution).. laced up a 20h 100mm American Classic hub in a Kinetix rim for the front .. added VO Porteur bar (really comfortable with the leather grips) .. 9spd Shimano bar end shifter on the right.. 3spd Sturmey Archer on the left driving the SRAM Dual Drive hub..up front, a Sugino 48t non-ramped chainring .. NOS Suntour cranks and adjustable chainline Miche bb .. I've always liked the speed of Continental Grand Prix tires (and they were hanging from the rafters) .. the end result met all my expectations .. here it is on it's maiden voyage Christmas Eve.



    Beeeeautiful. That bike is gorgeous. I bet that chrome job set you back a buck or two.
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    Thanks, it's actually nickel plated .. once you get the frame completely disassembled, the cost wasn't much more than powder coat .. the outfit must not have charged enough as they are now out of business .. I probably wouldn't do it again on a space frame .. there are a lot of nooks and crannies to contend with..

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    Just saw this thread revived. What an absolutely stunning bike and what a man of impeccable taste you are Brucey!

    Looks like one of the 15k Moultons lol!

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