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R. E. W. Reynolds light touring rig

Old 09-06-09, 11:55 AM
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R. E. W. Reynolds light touring rig

Back in the 1970s it was popular in the USA to buy steel lugged framesets from English builders to be used as light touring rigs. Also very popular was the all-chromed frame, and everyone wanted one. So in 1975, I ordered a custom made-to-measure frameset from the R.E.W. Reynolds bicycle shop in Northampton, England with a fully chrome plated frame and fork, fender and rack eyelets on the dropouts and a backplate on the seat stays to accept a Pletscher luggage rack. The total cost including a Stronglight V4 headset (later changed to a Campy Record) and Campy seatpost was $189. It is designed with clearances for fenders and 27" wheels. I built it up with a mix of continental and japanese components: Stronglight 99 triple cranks, Phil Wood sealed BB, Zeus pedals, Suntour Mountech rear derailleur, Campy Super Record front derailleur, Suntour ratchet power shifters, Cinelli bar and stem, Shimano Dura Ace brakes, Shimano rear freehub with 6-speed Uniglide casette that fits in the 120mm dropouts and Phil wood front hub. The Campy Record seatpost has since been removed for use in my Ron Cooper restoration and replaced with a less pretty Avocet that was on the Cooper. The bike has been sitting in the back of my garage for over 10 years, and was very dirty and the chrome was in bad need of polishing. The tires and tubes were shot, as were the brake lever hoods, and some cables were hopelessly rusted. Anyway, the photos below show what it looks like today. I've taken it out for a few rides using my old walkable touring shoes that have cleat-like ribs to work with the clips and straps. It is a very pleasant ride and everything works well.
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Nice bike! The 70's were a great time to get into cycling.
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i dont think ive ever seen (or noticed) a custom braze-on for a pletscher rack! very nice idea (and of course the rest of the bike is beautiful as well)
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Originally Posted by SingeDebile
i dont think ive ever seen (or noticed) a custom braze-on for a pletscher rack! very nice idea (and of course the rest of the bike is beautiful as well)
The Pletscher rack mounting plate was my personal request, and may be unique. Thanks for your compliment.
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Hey - TT that's a nice build. Looks like a super ride! Really smart of you to have made the rack mount - wasn't this before even Blackburn was making racks? Your Pletscher fits perfectly - and I like the way you made the seatpost cluster a color accent to match the bar tape.
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Originally Posted by CrankyFranky
Hey - TT that's a nice build. Looks like a super ride! Really smart of you to have made the rack mount - wasn't this before even Blackburn was making racks? Your Pletscher fits perfectly - and I like the way you made the seatpost cluster a color accent to match the bar tape.
Thanks for the nice comments. I think Blackburn may have been making racks by then, however, I wanted a spring clamp style rack like the Pletscher. It's very convenient for carrying small items like a spare tube (see photo). I need to repaint the flutes in the seatpost red to match the seat cluster (it came off my Ron Cooper, which is medium blue metallic). And yes, it rides great and is quite lively on climbs.
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