Forum home Mountain biking forum Your mountain bikes

1992 British Eagle K2

hucking_fellhucking_fell Posts: 1,056
edited April 2012 in Your mountain bikes
I built up this bike for commuting the 4 miles to and from work. It's also the only bike I have that I'm happy to leave locked up in town. Over the winter it had skinny, slick tyres and wrap around mudguards for the all road commute:

Eagle001.jpg

It's summer now though so after messing about with it this afternoon it has knobbly tyres, no mudguards, grippier pedals and bar ends for the mostly off-road commute:

DSC00704.jpg

I'm hoping the bar ends stop my hands getting rattled off the bars and that it stays dry, as there's very little space between the rear tyre and the frame for mud. I prefer how it looks now and I'm looking forward to taking it for a test ride tomorrow :D
More freerange chicken than Freeride God
Bighit , 5 , BFe

Posts

  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    I bought a British eagle in the early 90s. Purple metalflake Reynolds 531 lugged frame with a mix of Shimano and Suntour kit and weinamann wheels. Had it for years till some scrote nicked it whilst I was in the offie. For its day it was a quality bike but a bit lightweight I could get the bottom bracket swinging from side to side like a grandfather clock pendulum when I was mashing up a hill. Made for a lovely comfy commuter though, I really miss that bike especially the cast head tube badge that was class.
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
  • hucking_fellhucking_fell Posts: 1,056
    It's also a lugged Reynolds 531 frame but with flaking metallic purple paint. Not metalflake. I think the rear tyre may rub the chainstays due to the frame flexing. I've decided to go on a longer ride today on a different bike so the test ride will have to wait.
    More freerange chicken than Freeride God
    Bighit , 5 , BFe
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    It's also a lugged Reynolds 531 frame but with flaking metallic purple paint. Not metalflake. I think the rear tyre may rub the chainstays due to the frame flexing. I've decided to go on a longer ride today on a different bike so the test ride will have to wait.

    The tyre will rub the stays when your mashing a gear. The front mech will rub the chain as well they werent the stiffest frames ever built but were comfy in the days before suspension. The frame was lighter than a mates special import Univega that cost him hundreds and it didnt crack up like some lightweight lugless frames of those days.
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
  • hucking_fellhucking_fell Posts: 1,056
    I took it for a 20 min blast in a local woods after the other ride. I was surprised at how often I found myself riding standing on the pedals, using the bar ends, unable to brake quickly. I didn't ride much seated, partly because of the rough ground but mainly because of the gearing. Didn't manage to rub the chainstays. 2 failed bunny hops over fallen trees were saved by the bash ring. My commute should be more fun now :D
    More freerange chicken than Freeride God
    Bighit , 5 , BFe
  • bluechair84bluechair84 Posts: 4,352
    excellent work fella :) It was arguable a British Eagle that turned me into the vested mountain biker I am today. A mid nineties school outdoors trip introduced me to the bike on our mountain biking afternoon and I had wicked amounts of fun. I wish I knew what the model was...
  • :shock: that is a long stem

    liking it tho looks like by dads old bike before it was niked for scrap metal by what we guess was the local travellers :evil:
    worst moment ever...
    buzzing down twisting single track then.... psssst BANG!!!
  • snotty badgersnotty badger Posts: 1,593
    I had a British Eagle ZFX 2 when I was a boy, first proper mountain bike. That was a 531 frame too..
    08 Pitch Pro
    14 Kona Unit
    Kona Kula SS
    Trailstar SS
    94 Univega Alpina 5.3
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    The lugged 531 frames were pretty damn good by the standards of the day, dont know where they were made but they were good comfy frames.
    Fig rolls: proof that god loves cyclists and that she wants us to do another lap
  • IT66TIT66T Posts: 377
    That's a nice bike you've got their and it's been a long time since i last saw a British Eagle with Reynolds tubing 8) .
    You must treat others with respect in order to be respected ..
    09 5.2 Rockrider budget rescue . viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=13033836&p=19671152#p19670604
Sign In or Register to comment.