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the Red Kite

Bike tags: Road bike | Commuter | 1981 | 27″ | 5 speed | more tags >>
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Coventry-Eagle, about 20″, 1981 or so, and has lamp brackets!

SR stem; bar grips are Specialized & bars new (as bought) too, so may be same. Will swap out soon

27″x1¼ Rigida Chromage Superchromix textured (?!) steel rims (made in France); Maillard hubs

As front

Sakae Silstar; Tange


new ones, one is stuck :/

46T/14-28T (Regina Corsa freewheel); Shimano RS dérailleur

Need to sort out the cassette, I think; bit sticky.

It's a sad sight, those replacement parts, isn't it? I'll see what I can do there, too.

Bike guru reckons low-end 1980s, made in Humberside - but it's local in spirit, and will get me around.

update: I wasn't feeling too generous toward this bike, but actually, it's really rather similar to the Charge Lazy Susan, isn't it? (Apart from the Susan's amazingly laid-back angles.) Now, I could swap my spare North Roads onto it, but I'd not be able to climb hills then without doing my back in.

further update (Feb 10): I thought I'd never see another model of this bike — but I have! Its twin frame, identical in colour, was last seen piloted by a tall chap in fur hat in Islington. Hello!

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