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Not vintage; faux classic? Lincolnshire Poacher

Old 01-11-11, 03:19 PM
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Not vintage; faux classic? Lincolnshire Poacher

Well, this story starts like too many of my bike-acquisition stories: a link posted on BF/C&V, excess funds in my PayPal account, strong n+1 tendencies. I even gave myself a night's sleep before pulling the trigger, but the next thing you know I was the owner of a new On-One Lincolnshire Poacher frameset. I was intrigued by the marketing copy: "traditional '50s Club Racer influenced geometry"; "gorgeous Fleur de Lys style lugs and deep candy apple red paint with hand painted gold lug lining." I was also surprised to see that it came with a 1" unthreaded fork steerer (actually, it initially came with no fork, but the unrealcycles folks corrected that quickly). I toyed with various options but finally decided to have a local framebuilder cut threads so that I might use a threaded headset (thanks to Scott Ryder for facilitating that fix). For the build, I figured I'd follow the "club racer" aspect and build it up accordingly with some twists:

--Sturmey Archer FM hub from 1953
--a polished Normandy high flange front hub
--Sturmey wingnuts front and rear
--Matrix Titan Touring 700c rims (rear 40-hole)
--Panaracer Pasela TG 28mm tires
--Campagnolo NR headset
--SR stem
--Nitto Randonneur bars
--Shimano 105 aero brake levers
--Tektro R538 brakes (recessed mount)
--Brooks B17 saddle on a Campy NR post
--Stronglight 93 crankset w/ 45-tooth ring
--Sturmey Archer steel toe clips and Performance leather straps

One build wrinkle is that the fork steerer is slightly too narrow for a 22.2 stem but not narrow enough for a 22.0 (French) stem, so I had to sand down the SR a bit.

I haven't ridden it much given our winter weather, but my test rides felt good: stable but nimble. On to the pics:





















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Old 01-11-11, 03:28 PM
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Oh, THAT is a neatbike . What a beauty, love the Fleur-de-lugs! Those cranks are awesome too. I've had to do the sand-down before. It's not as bad as it sounds but it is hard to keep it totally cylindrical top-to-bottom. I stopped to measure it with the calipers probably a hundred times. It only took me about 30 minutes though.
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Old 01-11-11, 03:30 PM
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Oh, yes. The Colonel likes this very much indeed! My city's symbol is the fleur de lis and I'm tired of my LBS owner bragging that his Ti Cycles frameset is probably the only one in Louisville with fleur de lis lugs!

Polished Stronglight 93 complete with dustcap AND the chainring on the outside?! Color me impressed, Neal.

What did shipping cost you?
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Love the wing nuts! What an awesome bike, though I think the 105 levers look out of place personally.
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Very nice indeed!

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I'm tired of my LBS owner bragging that his Ti Cycles frameset is probably the only one in Louisville with fleur de lis lugs!
The Fleur DeLis lugs are actually getting pretty common. Their are a few styles similar to these being offered by Ceeway manufactured by Long Shen.
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well, i started reading this thread with a healthy dose of skepticism, and when i read the build details, i thought ya must be crazy, but the pics totally changed my mind. The bike looks very nice, Neal, although i think your decision to go threaded totally saved it, along with the very interesting components you've selected. (I like threadless systems just fine, but it would've looked out of place with this build.)

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Incredible! -beautiful and virtual vintage!
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Lov-e-lys.
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Now I really want to build up a 5sp Van Ness!
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Originally Posted by steppinthefunk View Post
Very nice indeed!



The Fleur DeLis lugs are actually getting pretty common. Their are a few styles similar to these being offered by Ceeway manufactured by Long Shen.
+1 on the very nice. Beauty of a frame, but choice build parts too . I'm surprised to find Long Shen makes such nice lugs - these Fleur de lis lugs really caught my attention when glancing thru this thread.
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Thanks, all. I'm feeling a bit sheepish about this one as it's a bit fancier (and newer) than I'm used to. Note that the specs are wrong about seatpost size: it takes a 27.2mm post.

Justin, shipping was $29 via UPS ground.

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All I can say is "wow." Maybe I missed it in here somehow, but how much did the frameset run?
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I haven't ridden it much given our winter weather, but my test rides felt good: stable but nimble.
...and let's not forget "laterally stiff and vertically compliant". ;-)

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Originally Posted by AZORCH View Post
All I can say is "wow." Maybe I missed it in here somehow, but how much did the frameset run?
Wow, that's like asking a lady how old she is! But you can see the order page here.

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Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
...and let's not forget "laterally stiff and vertically compliant". ;-)

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On One does offer this description for one of their other frames:

"custom drawn DN6 aerospace 4130 chromoly to give a great ride with On One signature rear triangle design to maximise lateral drivetrain stiffness, but not at the expense of vertical compliance and frame comfort."

Hmm.

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I'd like to see Neal race BBMs Palo Alto on a flat course on that.

Really nice looking bike!!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Wow, that's like asking a lady how old she is! But you can see the order page here.

Neal
Well, as usual, I typed before thinking. Found their price sheet on the site, of course. (not bad, either.)
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Wow! Nice build, many happy miles!!!
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That's fantastic, and it's a fantastic value, too.
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Wow. Nice attention to detail, look at the bottom bracket. They went all the way. Nice parts, too. The wingnuts are awesome, as is every other little detail.
Anything from your box of crap in there?
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Anything from your box of crap in there?
No, but the chain was from my Secret Santa!

I have a few more detail pics here (before my camera battery gave out):

https://picasaweb.google.com/lerner.n...nshirePoacher#

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Where is the frame made? I'm guessing Taiwan, to the specs of the British company.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Where is the frame made? I'm guessing Taiwan, to the specs of the British company.
Yes, made in Taiwan, supposedly by Maxway. Here's a nice shot of a frameset mid-braze:

https://www.on-one.co.uk/news/product...er-first-shots

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There are a lot of really skilled artisans in Taiwan. I think it is neat that this kind of steel frame-work is going through a resurgence. I think it would be pretty darn difficult to find any of the original English frame-builders much less any of the "old jigs" still around. It would be great to see a whole new batch of high-quality Taiwanese framesets being built and shipped to out to people who would appreciate them. The whole Lincolnshire Poacher project and the On One Company is full of win IMHO.
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