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STUNNING English Steel - SW Cotten built by W.B. Hurlow - PIC HEAVY

Old 12-18-11, 10:29 AM
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STUNNING English Steel - SW Cotten built by W.B. Hurlow - PIC HEAVY

I went out and braved the 18 degree morning to get a short ride and take some pics of my newest keeper.

Built in the early 70s by William Hurlow. http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...low/Hurlow.htm

The part that kept me from finishing this bike a while ago was the front derailleur, Hurlow used some old school (at the time) touches like the need for a front derailleur with a built in cable stop. The fellas at VIA Bikes got me hooked up in the end.

All the lettering is handpainted by a signwrighter in the Old English Style, no decals on this bike other than the Reynolds one.

Nice thinned lugs without a flaw to be found. Just an amazing frame.

Paint is gold base with a trans pearl/metalic red over top. friggan gorgeous, amazing depth. And the Celeste seat tube panel is such a unique combo! never seen another like it. Festive!

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Old 12-18-11, 10:38 AM
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Wow

It just doesn't get any better than this,

Beautiful machine.
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Old 12-18-11, 10:42 AM
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That is lovely. Your photos show it very well...nice job!
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Truly stunning, even with a derailleur! So was the bike restored, or was that the condition in which you found the bike?
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Stunning indeed!
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It is original paint.

I got it from the original owner as a frame with a full NR kit new in the box, he never built it (the frame was used when he got it) needless to say I didn't use that kit to build it up.

The rims where still wrapped in the wax paper before i built them up, but the rest is just nice mint used campy from the period. The NIB kit is sitting on display on my collection.
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Exactly one of the reasons why I like C&V.
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That is a great looking bicycle. Nice work on putting together a tasteful piece of rolling art.
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Originally Posted by ericbaker View Post

If I can ask.. How do you achieve a picture like this? Getting the bike in focus, and the backdrop out of focus? Your pictures are excellent.
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Beautiful bike!

It's amusing to see the little blue cardboard shipping tabs still on the brake calipers. Those were only there to prevent the adjuster barrel from getting lost during shipping. Once the cables are installed they aren't needed any more.
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If I can ask.. How do you achieve a picture like this? Getting the bike in focus, and the backdrop out of focus? Your pictures are excellent.
Not a photographer, but I'd guess a wide aperture to limit the depth of focus, and a fast shutter speed to prevent overexposure.
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Wow. That is one blingy bike.
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As pretty as they come.

May I ask, how would you rate the Challenge "Stradas" if you don't mind?
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Wow, that is a stunner! Love the paint; gold base for a red topcoat is much "warmer" than silver and results in stunning paint like this. I love the workmanship that went into the pinstriping and logos. That's a bike to be proud of

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Amazing looking bike and a fantastic job putting it together!
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Saw the thread title. Was skeptical of "stunningness." Bike lived up to its billing. To me it's not bling-y, just a beautiful brit.
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Thanks everybody!

At one point I was a semi-pro photographer so I do appreciate the compliments on the photos!

To get a shallow depth of field, there'd are a few things you can do... For that particular shot I used a long focal length (zoom)... A 200mm lens as close as it will focus. I was probably 50 feet away from the bike in that shot.

You could also use a lens with a wide aperture like f2.8, that are usually quite expensive.

Mostly it's some fancy gear and a bit of know-how.

It's also worth noting that your average point and shoot digital camera has a sensor that is too small to get a real blurred background, but there is often a setting which will artificially apply it. Check out the settings on your camera and see what you can find, usually portrait mode is pretty good.

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Beautiful bike!

It's amusing to see the little blue cardboard shipping tabs still on the brake calipers. Those were only there to prevent the adjuster barrel from getting lost during shipping. Once the cables are installed they aren't needed any more.
I'm glad somebody else said this. I know it's cool that those survived, but it is packaging not something that should be on the bike. Throw them away, it will feel good, like it's 1977

Sweet frame. I saw one naked at a local paint shop awhile ago and it was really nicely made.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Exactly one of the reasons why I like C&V.
+1 What he said.
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I know I know, it just seems like they've been there for so long... Who am I to pull them off. I think you've convinced me though.
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I think I'm gonna have to change my pants now.
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That is a gorgeous bicycle. Just fantastic! I think you can do a better job with the housing, though.
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Yes, indeed, Eric.

Have you ridden it yet? We'd love reports of that. And what does it weigh?
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