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I recently acquired this old school British-made bicycle from Jennifer's friend (just because it did not fit Jennifer!) and was told to take good care of it. It is a fine example of the early 1980s "sport touring" bicycle with a nice Reynolds 531 frame and fork and outfitted with an international mix of mid-range components of the period. For a small sized bicycle (52mm C-C), it has a slack seat angle (73º?) and quite a long top tube (55mm) – which suits me just fine! The bike is well used and could really use a repaint (the top tube is very chipped and touched up with non-matching paint – looks like liquid paper!) – but what a shame to lose the decals...






FRAME / FORK:

1981 Holdsworth Elan – Prugnat Type 62D lugs, Reynolds 531 (main) / Reynolds 531, original "ice blue" paint – chipped

HEADSET:

Generic (Stronglight?) steel

HANDLEBARS / STEM:

GB Ventoux, Benotto cello tape / GB Forged

WHEELS:

Shimano Deore DX (front), Exage (rear) hubs, stainless steel spokes, Super Champion Gentleman rims, Ritchey Tom Slick tires

DRIVETRAIN:

Stronglight 99 crankset – 36/48t, Shimano Hyperglide cassette – 14-32t, Campagnolo Rally (rear), Gran Sport (front) derailleurs, Shimano Hyperglide chain

PEDALS:

Sakae Ringyo (SR) SP-100BL, Christophe Special toe-clips, MKS leather toe straps

BRAKES / SHIFTERS:

Weinmann Carrera / Campagnolo Gran Sport

SADDLE / SEATPOST:

Avocet Racing II / Selle Italia Condor

NOTES:

Cobra steel cage - black



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