Visit to Blackpool

We had a lovely few days away in Blackpool recently

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The pair of us love walking along seaside promenades and we don’t worry about the weather .

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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 .

 

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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 .

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You have to love British seaside resorts

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Sight’s seen on today’s ride.

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These ornate gate’s are one of my favourite set’s of gates I see on my various rides .

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I also saw this very faint stonemasons circle on St James the Strong Church.

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I have often thought about going up to Gayhurst and I was not disappointed at all .

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These cow’s seemed quite happy to see my and my Hardisty .

Koga Signature

 

I have finally found a Koga that is more my size .

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And this is it .

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It’s a 2007 – 2009 Signature model .

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Built to take on the world.

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I have been using it for commuting on this week and have clocked up 50miles .

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But looking forward to doing quite a few more .

Boyhood dreams

Today i bought a Ferrari Daytona 365 , how many others can say that ?

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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 .

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Ok so the beige interior needs a dusting .

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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 .

 

Technology and comfort

I first discovered the Selle SMP range of saddles about 5 years ago .

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And since then I reckon I have covered over 10,000 miles on them .

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Most has been done on the pair of Lite 209’s that I have and then a fair bit on the Trk’s .

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I have found them very comfortable and would certainly recommend them .

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Royal arrival

Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .

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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.

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They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike .  With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .

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With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.

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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. IMG_20190323_074922_791