We had a lovely few days away in Blackpool recently
The pair of us love walking along seaside promenades and we don’t worry about the weather .
I bet most people come back with bags of rock and kiss me quick hats .
If the above statement is true then i am not one of those people because i bought back two rather different pieces of steel instead .
The blue one is what i believe to be a W P Newton frame with track style rear dropouts with the added bonus of brake holes front & rear making this a very useable frame indeed , the other one is a Paul Donohue Cougar made with Reynolds 853 with stunning paintwork .
You have to love British seaside resorts
These ornate gate’s are one of my favourite set’s of gates I see on my various rides .
I also saw this very faint stonemasons circle on St James the Strong Church.
I have often thought about going up to Gayhurst and I was not disappointed at all .
These cow’s seemed quite happy to see my and my Hardisty .
I have finally found a Koga that is more my size .
And this is it .
It’s a 2007 – 2009 Signature model .
Built to take on the world.
I have been using it for commuting on this week and have clocked up 50miles .
But looking forward to doing quite a few more .
Today i bought a Ferrari Daytona 365 , how many others can say that ?
I must admit the red paintwork nearly put me off as it has a fair degree of patina but hey it’s better than fresh paint hiding a load of filler .
Ok so the beige interior needs a dusting .
The road test was a short affair around my palm and didn’t reveal any faults so i paid the sellers full asking price and walked away with a smile on my face .
I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .
And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .
Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .
I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .
Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .
Over the years I have seen a few of these go through my hands . And I think it is fair to say that this one is the tidiest one so far.
They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike . With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .
With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.
Raleigh branded mechanisms front and rear mated to Suntour power shifters allows for nice easy gear changes once you remember that the front one works in the opposite direction .
All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era.
I was lucky enough to get this Don Farrell frame .
Which turned up yesterday .
Nice pencil thin stays .
And a proper headbadge