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Nigel Dean 653 restored Singlespeed deceased

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Nigel Dean mix of 753 rear end, 531pro & 725 main tubes

Cinelli 64 and Cinelli quill 100mm

Nigel Dean, Dura Ace

Dura Ace on MavicOpen Pro 32 DT / Vitoria Rubino Pro 700x25

FH-7403 Dura Ace on Mavic Open Pro 32 DT / Contnental Ultra Gator 700x25

Campag Chorus / Dura Ace

Charge knife black (not in photos), Deda Metal stick - cut short

Shimano SPD/SRAM

Old Shimano 105 dual pivot calipers, fibrax pads and Dura Ace levers


A hairline crack appeared recently in the bottom bracket shell. So new Surly crosscheck has replaced this, and frame sold for repair after much soul searching.

Latest: Back on clinchers after a few months on tubs. I prefered the handling of the tubs, but was too nervous to go that far on em.

And then the squeak from hell: whereby I took the whole drivenchain apart to find the squeak when out of the sadle with the seat bolt!

Run with these tubular wheels for a few months now, and I like them alot, but probably won't live with them on what is my communting bike. I don't feel confident going anywhere without the Vittoria Pit Stop - which has saved me a couple of times. A brief excursion with velox tub-tape stopped when I saw the tubs moving round the rim. Now Conti glue is holding them fast (2 layers on the tyre, andf 3 on the rim).

Clincher here I come: I think I'll put something more easily repairable and I'll get back to doing some longer runs. The Tubs are great, so quick rolling at 120psi, but still compliant.

Old Nigel Dean 653 race bike (was pink and blue fade), equipped with Dura Ace and raced by a friend. The downtube fractured, and after many rusty years, I picked it up: stripped, repaired and painted by Argos, Bristol in 2009. Long live toe-clipping!

This is probably the best steel frame I've owned. It's so compliant and yet springy - gets up to speed v quick. A strange mix of lightning quick reactions from the geometry mixed with compliancy in the tubes.

And amazingly I don't feel the need to upgrade anything - must be close to true satisfaction...

People who friended this bike fastfixie, CONDENADO, fltx.98, oldmuthariley, van, 8vpete, cannonhugodale, campystamp

Great looking bike!!!

Great looking bike!!!


Great looking bike, thanks for sharing

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