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Old 11-26-18, 08:51 AM
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Roberts SLX

Enjoyed the new addition to the fleet Roberts, so here is one of my Roberts. I purchased this from Chas on a trip to England in 1985. Had one of dadís bikes a touring model bought from Halletís in Albuquerque in 1979. Took the touring bike to NZ via London, and rode down to Chasís shop in 1984. The first thing he said was thatís one of my dadís bikes! Had him build a club bike while in NZ, number on Cinelli bottom bracket is 84 51. Then went back in 1985 for some serious railfanning, a 3 week trip to China, and East Germany. Lotís of steam! Anyway had another frame built, one that Chas said would be comfortable for long rides as opposed to criteriums. Still have them all, lovely bikes and some nice memories. I remember Chas telling me that your true standing as a builder sometimes was based on if you were slagged enough!
Love those forks!


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Beautiful bikes. Do you have any pictures from your trip?
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Not from the visit to Roberts, unfortunately. Lot’s of slides from China, including visiting the factory in Datong, where new 2-10-2’s were being built. In East Germany some standard gauge and lot’s of narrow (meter) gauge steam. Someday I’ll have to move them to computer files! Your Roberts is beautiful, by the way. On my touring bike, the seat post screw is an English hex bolt, rather than metric. I had Chas repaint the touring bike, and when I got home and unpacked it, it had become a Chas Roberts rather than his dad’s. And I don’t remember what the address on headtube was. And, I don’t know if anyone on the forum remembers Hallet’s in Albuquerque, but on one visit, he took me to a little house two blocks away that was full of classic bikes, and I can remember some wooden rims.


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