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Rachel - My Reilly 953

guymguym Posts: 50
edited February 2016 in Your road bikes
So I'm not as young as I used to be and wanted something that would be nice and comfy and hopefully last me a good few years. Settled on a bespoke Reilly built with Reynolds 953,Dura Ace 9000 gruppo and wheels and Fizik finishing kit. The colour scheme is a nod to Aston Villa who I have followed since a lad. Always name my bikes, Rachel seemed like a good name for this lady.
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,385
    Nice bike. Sorry to hear about the Aston Villa link though. Thoughts are with you....
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    Imposter wrote:
    Nice bike. Sorry to hear about the Aston Villa link though. Thoughts are with you....

    Thanks, not the best of times to be a Villa fan, just when you think it can get no worse it does, but hey it's in my blood and better times will come.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,385
    They definitely will. We'll see you at the Madejski next season... ;)
  • 'tis a beaut that is!
    (ditto the Villa sorrows)
  • trek_dantrek_dan Posts: 1,366
    Lovely. I love a properly fitted bespoke frame.
  • Stunning bike, just lovely. Maybe change the name though? Rémi perhaps?
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    Stunning bike, just lovely. Maybe change the name though? Rémi perhaps?

    Remi......I like it :D:D But have to stick with Rachel, it's not every man that gets to ride Rachel Reilly on a wet Sunday morning without his wife batting an eyelid :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
  • Nice bike,awful colourscheme, UP THE BLUES :D:D:D
  • Nicely done.

    Condolences for the Villa.

    See you at the Cottage next year!
    BikeRadar Communities Manager
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    Blue64 wrote:
    Nice bike,awful colourscheme, UP THE BLUES :D:D:D
    VTID :D:D:D
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,746
    Bought from the Doug Ellis catalogue? :lol:

    Lovely bike mate. Enjoy!
  • 964cup964cup Posts: 1,361
    Very nice frame; I like the graphics (which I assume are the polished 953 showing through).

    Can't help feeling that the DA9000 and C24s don't quite work, though. Needs a more classic look. Hard to do anything about the groupset without adding weight, though - only 11-speed Athena (in polished alloy) would look right in a modern gruppo, in my view. Wheels you could have something built using H+Sons with silver spokes and a nice polished hub (anything from a cheapish Zenith up to CK R45s).

    Fear I'm not helping. I have no idea what the Aston Villa stuff is about, but you have my commiserations for whatever it is.
  • PhilPubPhilPub Posts: 229
    As someone with a classic steel frame and modern gruppo, I actually think Dura Ace works very well on this, components and wheels. I discounted Shimano on aesthetic grounds a few years ago (and went with SRAM Force) but both the cranks and the levers have got significantly better looking with the latest iteration IMO, and I bet it all works brilliantly.
    And I'm a Millwall fan, so pretty neutral on the Villa thing, but it's a nice colour scheme anyway! 8)
  • Looks great - I really like the colours, even if the Villains are currently imploding!

    I have a custom 853 made by Rourkes last year, and that has red, white and black for a certain North west footballing leviathan - who are going through a 'lean period', although nothing compared to what you're going through! I hope you stay up, but I can't see it to be honest.

    By the way, if it's Rachel Reilly, then it'll be a United fan surely? Anyroad, a lovely looking bike, and I bet there's not much weight to it, even if it is steel - mine (with Sram Force) is lighter than my Spesh Roubaix. Enjoy!
  • pliptrotpliptrot Posts: 582
    I infer from your post that you don't race (?). Are those tubs you are using?
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Lovely bike and a marvellously understated paint job. Must be quite invigorating throwing your leg over Rachel Reilly in the morning?
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,385
    pliptrot wrote:
    I infer from your post that you don't race (?). Are those tubs you are using?

    Those wheels are C24 clinchers, so no, they're not tubs.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,385
    keef66 wrote:
    Lovely bike and a marvellously understated paint job. Must be quite invigorating throwing your leg over Rachel Reilly in the morning?

    Or the afternoon, or evening, or indeed any other time of the day...
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    964Cup wrote:
    Very nice frame; I like the graphics (which I assume are the polished 953 showing through).

    Can't help feeling that the DA9000 and C24s don't quite work, though. Needs a more classic look. Hard to do anything about the groupset without adding weight, though - only 11-speed Athena (in polished alloy) would look right in a modern gruppo, in my view. Wheels you could have something built using H+Sons with silver spokes and a nice polished hub (anything from a cheapish Zenith up to CK R45s).

    Fear I'm not helping. I have no idea what the Aston Villa stuff is about, but you have my commiserations for whatever it is.
    I know what you're saying, a fully silver coloured crankset would look well, but none of the high end gruppo's come that way. I did look into handbuilt wheels but decided in the end to match with the groupset. Might go for some in a few years time.
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    PhilPub wrote:
    As someone with a classic steel frame and modern gruppo, I actually think Dura Ace works very well on this, components and wheels. I discounted Shimano on aesthetic grounds a few years ago (and went with SRAM Force) but both the cranks and the levers have got significantly better looking with the latest iteration IMO, and I bet it all works brilliantly.
    And I'm a Millwall fan, so pretty neutral on the Villa thing, but it's a nice colour scheme anyway! 8)
    Thanks for the comments, first time with DA and it does work fantastically....smooth as silk :D
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    keef66 wrote:
    Lovely bike and a marvellously understated paint job. Must be quite invigorating throwing your leg over Rachel Reilly in the morning?
    Invigorating is right.......not sure whether Rachel feels the same way about the pleasantly plump near 50yr old straddling her though :lol::lol:
  • guymguym Posts: 50
    pliptrot wrote:
    I infer from your post that you don't race (?). Are those tubs you are using?
    Not tubs.....Vittoria Open Corsa's
  • When footballers didn't look like millionaires

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  • guymguym Posts: 50
    When footballers didn't look like millionaires

    150109130819-aston-villa-european-cup-1982-super-169.jpg

    Those were the days, 1982, Alan Evans & Denis Mortimer I think. I remember being disgusted that my parents would not allow me (a spotty little obnoxious 15yr old at the time) to travel to Rotterdam with my mates to see the final :(
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