I wheeled the bike out tonight to take some photos, it was dark so had to use the peanut sized flash on the camera, but it doesn't look too bad.
Most of the recent work has been on the wheels. They were reasonably OK when I got the bike, but when I got the tyres off (oversized Continental rear, original 1972 Yokohama front), the insides of the rims were a bit rusty. I cleaned them up with a wire brush, treated the rust with Kurust, then gave them a coat of silverpaint and new rim tapes. Both wheels needed trued and the spokes tightened, so that was trusted to a local shop.
New SKF bearings, EBC brakeshoes, Continental inner tubes, and Barum tyres were fitted. I could have used cheaper Chinese parts, but there are some things you don't skimp on!
I'm particularly pleased with the Barum tyres as these were actually cheaper than so called 'budget' tyres from the Far East. I've had some scary moments on these in the past but the Barums are made in the EU (Czech Republic), so will be made to some sort of recognisable standard (unlike the Far Eastern tyres). Barum seem to be very popular with the classic brigade, and have the right 'look' for a bike of this period.
This is just a 'dry fit' to see how everything will go together, but I'm pretty pleased with it so far. Hopefully I'll get some more work done before the evenings get too cold to work in the garage!
Talking of Larry and I doing similar work on our bikes on the same day, is this coincidence or synchronicity? I've read explanations of sychronicity, but couldn't make head nor tale of them! - Good album by the Police, though!