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Alan Shorter - Alf Engers TT replica - c.1973

Submitted by Adrian Thornton (The Flying Wheel blog)



Alf Engers/Shorter TT Replica; seat tube  22½", top tube 22½", chainstays 15½", wheelbase 38"; finished in Shorter (Mercier) pink pearl base coat
Campagnolo large-flange hubs, Super Champion Arc en Viel rims. 28 tied and soldered front, 32 rear with white Panasonic tubular tyres
Chainset SR Royal crank set with factory drilled 53t chain wheel. on  Campagnolo track bottom bracket unit.
Pedals Campagnolo Super Record track pedals with Christophe toeclips.
Gears Huret rear derailleur with drilled cages.(Apparently these are slightly heavier than the undrilled version, because of the strengthening needed on the drilled cages) with Suntour Winner six-speed free wheel
Brakes Weinmann drilled levers with extra drilling and Universal calipers with period drillings, NOS 1970s white cables
Stem/Bars Suntour Superbe factory slotted sides and front with Cinelli Criterium bars and Campagnolo head set
Saddle Cinelli Unicanitor on drilled Campagnolo seat pin
Extra details Alf was one of the early English riders to start drilling and milling components to reduce weight, insist on super short-wheelbase frames, and 'man-sized' big chainrings, all of which Alan Shorter was happy to supply.  The finished bike, ready to ride was only 8.6 kg's.  Alan Shorter would have been proud.

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Two details of frame lightening on this Shorter

Brake stirrup and gear lever drillium.
Ever since I picked up this old set of drilled and chopped universal brake calipers I have wanted to put together a
replica of Alf's pink Shorter TT bike, so I was really pleased to find one here in New Zealand.

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Extensive drillium on Campagnolo seat post and Weinmann brake lever

Three-quarter front view of restoration

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Left: Huret gear (often chosen for lightness) with drilled cage
Right: Drilled lever and band-on clamp

Drive chain with milled cranks, drilled chainring and cages

The master's original - Alf Enger's time trial machine, off with race number 100 as befits his status