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Old 06-04-21, 02:39 PM
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n = 3, a 1985 Holdsworth

I am now the happy owner of the 1985 Holdsworth pictured below.

The previous owner was another Bike Forum member, Verktyg (Chas). A great thing about buying from him is that every detail was tuned and polished before I took it home. We stretched out the process to include a few weekends of discussions on the bikeís history, components, with a few glasses of wine along the way.

These pics run chronologically, with my initial test ride, then on a 20-mile shakedown ride, to the latest iteration yesterday.



There is an odd, perhaps irrational aspect of my 3 road bikes. My 2014 Cannondale SuperSix is several pounds lighter, and I can carry a 0.5 mph faster average speed on it. But many days Iíd rather ride a steel bike with downtube shifters than the carbon bike with brake/shifters. I guess I'm on an 80ís kick.

The Holdsworth rides a little harder, and steers slightly quicker than the smooth riding Gitane TdF Chas sold me last year. Iíll see how these Tufo 25mm tubulars feel after a break-in and may switch to 28mm.

I think Chas a few more bikes he plans to sell on here, most of them British, French, or Italian from the 60ís through 80ís. I might have room for one moreÖ
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Old 06-04-21, 04:04 PM
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753 frame with a 531 fork, and detailed by a forumite? Doesn't get any better than that. Cheers!
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Lovely and local! Beautiful bike!
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Sounds like you have a great LBS for your next acquisition.
Buying from Forum members on C&V has never left me disappointed.

And my Holdsworth (branded as Irish Harding) is a favorite, too.
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Sounds like you have a great LBS for your next acquisition.
Buying from Forum members on C&V has never left me disappointed.

And my Holdsworth (branded as Irish Harding) is a favorite, too.
hmm - maybe a thread is needed showing bikes purchased, traded, or refurbished from other BF members?
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Very Nicely turned out.
753.
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
753 frame with a 531 fork, and detailed by a forumite? Doesn't get any better than that. Cheers!
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Very Nicely turned out.
753.
Thanks to you both. I didn't take close-up pictures, but both the frame and forks are 753. It is a rare bike, but the build has been verified by several sources.
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Looks like a *very* well put-together bike. Further proof that a mixed Campagnolo group can look hot

Oh the places you'll go.
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Great build from a great seller. You're encouraging me to finish up my Holdsworth build.

Enjoy it!
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