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Bender

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laidback newbie...
« on: 19 September, 2021, 07:12:06 pm »
Hi All,

 I caved, and now have a little project  :facepalm:

 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Ultimate-Bikes-Reading-Long-Wheel-Base-Recumbent-Bike-/353658133715

 It's an Ultimate Bikes Cobra 2000, a bit rough in places but entirely salvagable. If I can ride it reasonably well It'll be this winters project.

 wish me luck!

 -B.

Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #1 on: 19 September, 2021, 09:52:12 pm »
Good luck  :thumbsup:

Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #2 on: 19 September, 2021, 11:01:34 pm »
Fine fettling!
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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #3 on: 20 September, 2021, 10:22:33 am »
That looks fun, enjoy  :)
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Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #4 on: 20 September, 2021, 05:07:29 pm »
Update!

 I can ride it, and wow! that's seriously good fun! Now to start fixing her up...

 -B.

Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #5 on: 21 September, 2021, 07:58:07 pm »
 Update 2

 I stripped the bike down and there's nothing obviously wrong with the frame, no cracks etc. The handlebar is a bit bent, I guess it's been dropped on it's side at some point. The rear wheel was a nightmare to remove, the hub seems too wide for the dropouts so I'll have to take some measurements. Additionally one of the rose joints on the steering arm was bent. So nothing too major, next steps are to clean up the bars and steering arm, as well as to start thinking about wheels and possibly a new fork depending on what I do with the wheel.

 -B.

Kim

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #6 on: 21 September, 2021, 08:59:01 pm »
Occupational hazard with under-seat steering on bicycles.  It's going to fall over at some point, and when it does, it's probably going to damage something expensive.  I have a bell fitted to my tourer largely because it takes the brunt of a fall, rather than the bar-end shifter.

I believe Azub have a cunning system whereby the bars can rotate around the long axis of the bike on impact to prevent damage to the controls.
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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #7 on: 21 September, 2021, 09:32:48 pm »
Looks like a wholesome and worthwhile project to mess about with. You're probably in with a serious risk of making a profit depending on if you come to sell it. Also good we've got another convert.
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Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #8 on: 22 September, 2021, 10:18:09 am »
Somehow I don't think I'll ever make a profit on a bike :)

I've been looking into why the back wheel was so tight. The rear hub spacing is 126mm and the fitted hub was well in excess, 130mm and appears to have a spacer on the spindle making it even wider?!

My initial plan is to replace the fitted Shimano rsx and no name equipment with a 7 speed Shimano 105 groupset which'll fit the spacing properly as per the original spec https://web.archive.org/web/20030305153016/http://www2.ultimatebikes.com/spec.htm

Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #9 on: 24 September, 2021, 08:16:03 am »
I've now cleaned up all the parts, and am now prepping for paint. Additionally the wheels are a bit of a challenge. The front is an old 500a size, which is impossible to replace but the fork will take a slightly larger 451 common on BMXs. Alexrims make their DA22 rim in both 451x14 and 700cx14 and paired with some shimano 105 HB-1055 & FH-1055 hubs I think would make a reasonable wheelset. Just need to find a stockist.

 -B.

Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #10 on: 24 September, 2021, 04:13:47 pm »
I got in touch with my LBS who contacted Bob Elliott the UK distributor for Alexrims. They won't sell rims just built up wheel sets :(

The hunt continues...

  -B.

Mr Larrington

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #11 on: 24 September, 2021, 05:48:33 pm »
If you don’t have your heart set on a matching set of Alex rims, the Bandits of Bridgewater are knocking out 451 Sun rims in 28, 32 and 36H versions.
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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #12 on: 24 September, 2021, 06:28:37 pm »
Welcome to fun club

Bender

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #13 on: 24 September, 2021, 08:19:42 pm »
Ah, this is fun isn't it :)

The Sun rims are certainly an option, I couldn't find a matching 700c for the rear though. I'm not set on anything in particular, but I'd like a matching pair.

-B.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: laidback newbie...
« Reply #14 on: 24 September, 2021, 08:33:28 pm »
Get rims that are the same colour and similar shape, then de-sticker them. Job done!
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