After our Sweet Magic London pop-up show Faith came to us for a custom road bike build.  We stripped down a 1970s Centurion frame, repainted it, and built it up to her specs.

While of relatively humble pedigree, the Le Mans with its Nervex Professional type lugs reveals the French influence on Japanes bikes of the era.  We used a nice glacier blue for the main tubes with a cream accent for the head tube to emphasize the ornate lug work.  To balance it off we also masked off three cream bands on the seat tube with silver pinstriping. The custom-dyed cloth tape looks amazing against flawless NOS Weinmann hoods.

We updated the drivetrain to a Shimano "Light Action" indexing system for brainless shifting and replaced the aging 27s with a nice set of 700 wheels.  The tires are beautiful hazelnut colour and beefy enough for just about any gravel roads. And of course, nothing makes a bike look better than a new honey Brooks saddle with hammered copper rivets.  Ready for a breezy backroad spring ride to Port Stanley.

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