Building a Bike for Eroica - Final Part Posted on 19 Feb 18:50 , 1 comment

Well the repainted forks arrived and also the Kool Stop Salmon brake pads finally came from the USA for the MAFAC original shoes. A perfect fit and should give much better power than the hard black originals.

Kool Stop MAFAC Brake Pads

They are easy enough to slide in  by squeezing the shoes/pads in a vice. They look just the ticket - a bit of a colour clash with the frame though.

MAFAC Racer Brakes with Kool Stop Pads

There are just a couple of component choices to make: the pedals. I am going to try and find some vintage Campagnolo road pedals. If not MKS Sylvan are a very close match and the bar tape. Tempted to fit Velo Orange honey leather to match the saddle, but I don't recall seeing leather tape back in the '60's. Anyway just popped on some Cinelli Cork Ribbon whilst I test the bike.

So here is the (nearly) finished bike. So guess what it weighs (without pedals)?

 Viking Severn Valley 1955 (Restored)

The parts used are as follows:

Hubs: Campagonolo Record High Flange 

Rims: Velo Orange Paris-Brest- Paris 700C 

Spokes: Sapim Race Double Butted

Tyres: Grand Bois Cerf Blue

Freewheel: N.O.S. Regina 6 speed

Derailleurs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Bar-End Shifters

Gear Cable Housing: Nissen Cable Corp. Spiral Wound

Cranks: Velo Orange 50.4mm BCD 165mm crank length

Chain Rings: Spécialités T.A. Cyclotouriste Rings

Bottom Bracket: Velo Orange Grand Cru Bottom Bracket

Brakes: MAFAC Racer

Brake Levers: Dia Compe 202

Brake Cable Outer: Nissen Cable Corp

Saddle: Brooks B17

Seat Post: Velo Orange Grand Cru Long Set Back

Handlebars: Vintage Maes Bend

Handlebar Tape: Cinelli Cork Ribbon

Handlebar Stem: Nitto Technomic

Headset: Campagnolo Reccord

Bell: Velo Orange Temple Bell Brass

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