Latest arrival in the garage is this 80’s Wester Ross tourer
Be warned its a stunner so look away know
23″ frame size 531st Reynolds tubing with a pr of Zeus 2000 forks , small flange campagnola hubs laced to Weinmann 27 x 1 1/4″ rims .
Mixture of campagnola levers , TA crankset and Suntour cycloe mechanisms that change all 10 gears like a hot knife going through butter .
Cinelli bars and short stem complete with those horrible foam sleeves and drilled Mafac levers that operate a glorious set of Mafac 2000 canti lever brakes .
Front fork has a couple of what look like cable guides on the r/h/s unsure what they could be for ….any ideas ?
So far only did a gentle ride to get these pictures as tyres are shot , but dont worry new ones ordered .
Since the original blog was written , I have given the bike a bit more of a clean along with a general service and some badly needed tyres and have covered just over 150 wonderful miles .
The best bit is I was sent a copy of the original build sheet as shown above by the uk Wester Ross register keeper as shown above . I think this is a fantastic document to have and cherish as it is the same as our own birth certificate .
In the original blog I mentioned how i was unsure what the little guides were for that had been fitted to the front forks amongst other places , well it seems they were guides to hold the wiring for the light units that would have been powered by a dynamo that would have been fitted just below the bottom bracket .
The bike is still in the same specification as it was built and I doubt very little of the original parts used have been replaced apart from the brake cables and tyres that I have replaced .
Its a fantastic bike to ride as it almost effortlessly glides along at a nice relaxed pace yet when pushed a bit harder it still feels very stable and enjoyable . I fitted Continental Tour Ride tyres as the original ones were perished and out of shape .
What I would love to find out about this bike is a bit more of its history and previous use , the seller I got it from knew very little about it apart from the fact he bought it along with four other bikes from somebody who worked at a local charity shop , the other bikes were just very basic run of the mill mountain bikes .