'57 Lenton Grand Prix project

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  1. #41 Posted Apr 16, 2017

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    job well done Bulldog that's one sweet looking ride .
     
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  2. #42 Posted Apr 16, 2017

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    thanks

    I'll post again when I have it final form in a few weeks - show the white fenders.
     
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    that's a beauty, '58 or '59 - the Weinmann brakes are not original - it would have had GB brakes, but everything else is correct on the bike.
    The only thing "correct:" on my bike is the stem and saddle, to keep all in perspective.
    Again, it's a beauty to find one in that condition.
    The thing that's curious about '57 is it seems to be the last year they blued frames before painting them, essentially making them rustproof. I found a good photoset of another '57 online, also silver, and also turned platinum gray from the bluing.

    The bike you found with no rust is exceptional.
     
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  5. #45 Posted Apr 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    An unrestored, original '59 marque III model was recently featured in the V-CC club news.
    All original, other than the saddle.
    Nice job on yours, looking good, lovely detailed work.

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  6. #46 Posted Apr 16, 2017

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    Copake is a screwy auction they have a Raleigh International they estimate to sell for $100 to $150 which I see going for under a grand the Lenton Grand prix could sell for what they predict if not more due to its condition. I am on the fence on the bike but I could be a buyer if the biding starts off low and slow.
     
  7. #47 Posted Apr 16, 2017

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    My buddy Lou's bike is a 1960 and it has a Cyclo shifted FD, with double braze-on shifters.
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    His also has 5 rear cogs instead of 4 like the auction bike.
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    Also, his frame was definitely not blued under the paint - everywhere his paint is chipped, there's a touch of rust.
     
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  8. #48 Posted Apr 19, 2017

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    first ride today - everything worked great, though the brakes are marginal
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  9. #49 Posted Apr 19, 2017
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    wow looks fast just setting still.
     
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  10. #50 Posted Apr 19, 2017

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    I think the Simplex chainguard gives it the Winged Mercury look
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    the bike is fast, handles great, comfortable, and a great climber - I'm going to have to come up with a plan to improve the brakes.
    Sam, hoping to be at Frankenbike early Sat morning - will probably leave by the noon race.
     
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  11. #51 Posted Apr 20, 2017

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    ps Sam, we changed our plan.
    We will there late morning, and stay after noon.
    If you're planning to show up with show and tell, pm me, and I'll give you my cell phone number
    Ron
     
  12. #52 Posted Apr 21, 2017

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    Eric, you'll like this. I apparently didn't have my chain guard tight for the first ride (there was a slight rattling sound rolling off garage steps, etc.)
    The guard came loose in the first mile and was was making skipping contact with the crank arm.
    I had a complete compliment of tools, filled out piecemeal from McMaster.
    I was able to reattach and align the chainguard at a park bench and complete the ride with full function of my half steps. I was also able to identify critical FD adjustment for making the shift and avoiding chain rub in the wide cogs.
    Back home and back on the workstand, dialed everything in at that position, and got torque on the chain guard bolts this time.
    No strange sounds on tire shocks now.
    Will get the bike out again today, and riding in to Frankenbike tomorrow.
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    VeloRetro - Chuck's musette bags are great for holding your loose tools, and wrapping them so they don't rattle on your ride.

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    back after a 30 mi ride - I'm in for 50 now.
    Everything worked perfectly, - I'm getting more used to the brakes, their fade, and blind shifting. Even used the granny ring today crossing the creek and climbing to a park to eat my banana.
    Also, my core muscles and tush are all happy with the position and saddle - I think I was more relaxed today.
     
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  13. #53 Posted Apr 21, 2017
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    Bulldog I'll be at FB tomorrow.
     
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  14. #54 Posted Apr 22, 2017 at 4:40 PM
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    Lot of interest today IMG_8662.JPG IMG_8663.JPG
     
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  15. #55 Posted Apr 23, 2017 at 8:57 AM

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    hit my first 100 mi today on the group ride. Wheels are going back to the shop next week for tensioning.
    I didn't realize Lou was such a strong rider. Chasing him on his Torpado the entire second half - he won and I came in 2nd.
    Tad taxed himself today on his '34 Rollfast. Still, he came in ahead of half of the pack.
     
  16. #56 Posted Apr 24, 2017 at 6:19 PM

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    got my white fenders - and I've ridden 120 mi - the wheels are going back to the shop for spoke tensioning.
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  17. #57 Posted Apr 24, 2017 at 8:09 PM
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    I like the full mudguards(we shouldn't call them fenders on an English bike) and white goes good with the gray paint.
     
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  18. #58 Posted Apr 25, 2017 at 3:22 AM

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    I'll never be quite that Anglophile - just like it will never be "Rally" for me.
    My '74 International is built so French, I have to put Union Jacks on it to mask its frogginess.
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    and my Lenton shares the same drivetrain

    Even in fly fishing, the Best of Both Worlds includes an American cane rod with that Brit reel.
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  19. #59 Posted Apr 25, 2017 at 10:23 PM

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    those white fenders look killer on that GP Bulldog the bikes looks awesome
     
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  20. #60 Posted Apr 26, 2017 at 4:15 AM

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    my correct pump is in Customs, which will let me get rid of that top band clamp - should finally have finished photos in a week or so.
    The wheels, btw, are solid, and should roll the rest of my life.
    I've also learned how to adjust the brakes, and they're better than adequate.
     
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