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Finally finished changing my Moulton Esprit

Old 09-24-15, 06:06 AM
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Finally finished changing my Moulton Esprit

Finally finished changing my AM Esprit to my preferences. It's been a long job as I could only stand for a limited time due to breaking my back but now I think that's it....for now.

Changed the down-tube changers (don't ask) to STI's and changed the Bars to short-reach. Also replaced the 105 Chain-set as I detest outboard BB bearings, and fitted a square-taper Stronglight one with TA rings 53/39. I needed lower gears so I split the Capreo 9-26 cassette and replaced three of the larger sprockets giving me a range from 20" to 95" which I hope will be sufficient as I'm old and decrepit. Bought a new Berthoud saddle as I find these are of excellent quality. The bike itself rides well and is responsive and lively though I find that it is not quite as comfortable as my TSR 27.


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Old 09-24-15, 10:02 AM
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Looks lovely fella, good job, get it shared on the Moulton facebook page too!
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Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
The bike itself rides well and is responsive and lively though I find that it is not quite as comfortable as my TSR 27.


Nicely done! cool color! .. judging from the pictured seatpost height and the reach of the handlebars, you might be a little stretched out .. especially compared to a flatbar TSR27.. depending on your body makeup, you might try a shorter stem to get a bit more comfort..
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Nicely done! cool color! .. judging from the pictured seatpost height and the reach of the handlebars, you might be a little stretched out .. especially compared to a flatbar TSR27.. depending on your body makeup, you might try a shorter stem to get a bit more comfort..

Exactly right. I do have a long body but the stem was just a bit long. Now changed the Nitto Technomic for a Cinnelli 1A which is 10 mm shorter.

To be truthful the bike's too good for me as I'm reaching the end as far as cycling is concerned. I keep looking for that magic bullet that will give me a few more years but age and ill-health is making it difficult.
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Looks lovely fella, good job, get it shared on the Moulton facebook page too!

Thanks Dez, I knew you would like it. I'll have a go at sharing it on Facebook.
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Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
Exactly right. I do have a long body but the stem was just a bit long. Now changed the Nitto Technomic for a Cinnelli 1A which is 10 mm shorter.

To be truthful the bike's too good for me as I'm reaching the end as far as cycling is concerned. I keep looking for that magic bullet that will give me a few more years but age and ill-health is making it difficult.
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I think that it will be one of these or taking up stamp collecting.
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Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
Exactly right. I do have a long body but the stem was just a bit long. Now changed the Nitto Technomic for a Cinnelli 1A which is 10 mm shorter.

To be truthful the bike's too good for me as I'm reaching the end as far as cycling is concerned. I keep looking for that magic bullet that will give me a few more years but age and ill-health is making it difficult.
8 years ago I was in a place where I never thought I would ever be able to ride again... you might need to start looking at a recumbent or a recumbent trike if a conventional bike does not work.

My recumbent has been a blessing and gets a lot of use and think this has allowed me to stay on the DFs as it rests my back which is where all the problems stem from.
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Beautiful bike. Wishing you many more years of enjoyment.
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Many thanks folks for the kind comments and suggestions.

Sorry about your back injury Sixtyfiver, I remember you mentioning it in P&R some time ago but I had thought it had healed. All the best and I hope things improve for you.
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