A classic lightweight, a curly wurly, and a lump of scrap metal

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by kgt

The Hetchins is gorgeous! It deserves a serious restoration IMHO.

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Thanks :D, it could do with a repaint at least, some touring induced scratches in the paint and a tiny bit of surface rust in places. Perhaps I'll strip it down and send it off to the painters in the winter, but for now I'm just riding it!

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Nice ride on the Hetchins today. The handling feels really odd getting on it after riding the (more similar, between each other) Cannondale and Vitus, but I get used to it pretty quickly and I love the ride quality. Also found myself in harder gears than I thought I would be, never used the 26, the one below only once, and the others similar to the ones I'd use on the much lighter Cannondale in the same situations. Not sure why, I experience the same thing on the Vitus which has a 38t little ring compared to the Cannondale's 34t :noidea:. Anyone else noticed this?
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I didn't get on perfectly with the saddle though, so I've swapped it out for my (still heavy, but saved a few grams!) stock B'twin SLR style saddle.
Madison G11:
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B'twin SLR style:
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The seatpost is now at max length, so we'll see how that goes, but it's fine for the moment.

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I would love this one:

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Winter is coming, and the B'twin is getting built up again.
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Not sure how I managed to get my foot in that photo :D .
Got the cranks out so I can replace the super worn BB, and my goodness they are heavy!
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So are the chainring bolts, more than twice as heavy as the ones on my Cannondale:
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And here's what I need to buy to get me up and running, not a huge amount thankfully, including tools I need anyway:
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This thing is gonna weigh like 11kg, but winter bikes are supposed to be heavy :twisted: .

Edit: forgot bar tape:
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I don't think my usual Tesa tape is really cut out for winter, so I'm trying Deda Mistral. Fluro orange might not be the best look, but it'll match the highlights on the frame at least.

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Dug out, disassembled, cleaned, and weighed some of the parts for this winter build that aren't on the cannondale.
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Bontrager 10cm -7* stem, b'twin handlebars, b'twin (probably tektro) brakes
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bearing cover + ring, bottle cage bolts, RD hanger + bolts
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B'twin fork (alloy steerer :?), shimano 105 5700 FD, SKS chromoplastic mudguards (from the Hetchins)
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carbon spacers 5cm, top cap and bolt, seat clamp
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mavic aksium front wheel, mavic aksium rear wheel, mavic skewers

Yeah this is going to be a heavy bike :mrgreen: .

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by themidge

More weights:
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Std. gramin mount, shimano tiagra cassette, shimano PD-R540 pedals, shimano BB-R60, shimano 105 5700 shifters, shimano 105 5700 RD
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selle italia slr flow vanox saddle, prowheel (praxis) 50/34 chainrings, elite custom race cages, ciamillo pad holders w/ b'twin bolts, b'twin triban 540 frame w/ headset, b'twin seatpost w/ lock holder

Other stuff like bar tape I can't be bothered to upload all the photos, but it's on the spreadsheet:
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The Hetchins is still heavier! :P

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I have created a monster :lol:
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It goes awrite, similar handling to the Supersix but a touch twitchier and slightly shorter and lower. It feels nice and stiff as well, I think the DA c24's I had on the Supersix were a bit flexier than these heavy Mavics.

In other news, I rode the Hetchins this sunny afternoon, love this bike :D.
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I roughly measured the trail of the bike and got 30mm, but I'd be surprised if it really is that low. Apparently low trail bikes are good for carrying front loads, so I strapped onto the bars the Carradice saddlebag my Grandad also gave me:
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The handling wasn't adversely affected, it felt more or less the same. However, I couldn't hold the tops properly and the bag is a bit wide, if I decide I really need a handlebar bag (I don't at the moment) I'll make one in just the right size.
I've got some upgrades planned for this bike:
Old gloss black paint ----------------------> New gloss black paint (probably metallic, with gold lug-lining), I like gloss black paint
Shimano 105 1050 brakes---------------> Mafac Racer/Competitions, partly because they look cool, but mainly because of improved clearance for...
No mudguards/SKS chromoplastics---> velo orange 'fenders', 35mm
Panaracer Pasela 20mm(!) tyres-------> 28mm Panaracer GravelKings, because Veloflexes are a bit flimsy for the bumpy tracks I'd like to ride more often
Suntour Perfect 5 speed freewheel----> a 'narrow' (because 120mm spacing) 6 speed freewheel
I might also see about getting a one inch threadless stem too, as the headset design means there's a good amount of unthreaded steerer tube poking out the top of the frame, enough to safely clamp a low-stack stem on anyway.

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