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Geoff Wiles Reynolds 531 rebuild

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Reynolds 531 - respray

Cinelli Stem, original stock handlebars

Tomassini Air, Campagnolo Athena

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Campy look- style pedals, new Campagnolo record chain

Campagnolo Record 8 speed freewheel, campagnolo athena (probably) rear mech, campy 90s front mech.

My parents bought me this back in 1991 (when I was 15) from a local bike shop in Strood, in the Medway Towns, owned and run by Geoff Wiles. Geoff had been a successful British road-racer in the 70s and this alone was enough for the teenage me to want a bike from his shop! I recently decided maybe it was time to treat myself to a new bike but was too wedded to this one to wave it goodbye so I decided to jettison the cruddy Shimano Exage groupset and build up the old Reynolds 531 frame with some campy components from the same era. Here is the result - around a year later, I'm ashamed to say - with a lovely respray and (mainly) 1990-95 parts. The Tomassini forks are rather at odds with the old-school British 531, I know, but I saw them on ebay and fell in love with the idea of chrome. And the decals are home made - nothing like the orginal Geoff Wiles design, but I' hoping he'd approve.
Took it out for the first time today and it rides like a dream.

People who friended this bike latron, abstrait, mastronaut, Velociclo, boomboomWOW, roadbikebreck, knapprobert

I think the rear derailleur is actually Record

1991-1994, although 1994 Chorus also had that cutout over the top jockey wheel. I have screenshots from the catalogs; if you're interested, I'll send them.

Clean build, and good to see someone hanging onto their oldie!

I think the rear derailleur is actually Record

Hi - I'd love to see some screenshots from the catalogs if you don't mind. I bought most of the components as NOS but the rear mech was a used ebay purchase so I'm not sure of provenance.

And it's nice to get some compliments on the build. It took melong enough but it was well worth it.

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