Khs 14 aero Turbo

A couple of weeks ago on my local Gumtree website I spotted a rather nice looking Khs 14 Aero Turbo with a great retro paint job that sadly was missing the white stars .

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What I know about Khs bikes has always led me to keep an eye out for them when they become available as they always seem to ride well and be made well enough .

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This one lived up to my hopes and I happily paid the full asking price and loaded it in to our car to take it home .

It didn’t look like it needed an awful lot of work , ie Pump the tyres up and lift the seat post and quill stem up to suit my needs once these tasks were done it was time for a ride or two and I was far from disappointed in it .

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A couple of days-worth of commuting proved trouble free so I decided to take it on a couple of longer 15+ mile rides again these all went well , but they did show that ideally this 54cm sized frame was a bit on the small side for me and would either need a longer stem or a laid back seat post to make it suit me better .

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At the moment I have decided against doing either of the above as I have enough correct fitting bikes to use , so I currently have this up for sale if anybody is interested please contact me

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You Caad 8

Well i picked this lime green Cannondale up yesterday morning from a local seller who admitted he hadn’t really done more than 500 miles since buying it new in 2016 .

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Upon riding it home I noticed that the saddle needed to up a bit for me but decided against doing that till I had fitted one of my Selle Smp lite 209’s .

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Once home and with the Selle smp fitted I set about getting it ready for this morning’s ride .

 

After not a poor nights sleep I was up and out by 5.05 am with a route in mind that could be shortened at any point . First stop was along Pitsford Promenade where I raised the seat post another half an inch .

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Pitsford Promenade

I headed out through Brixworth ,Cottesbrooke ,Haselbeach , Arthingworth , Desborough ,Wilbarston where I made another seat post adjustment along with a gentle rotation of the flat bars . I pressed on to Pipewell , Rushton ,Kettering ,Pytchley and Little Harrowden before turning down the mad mile and home .

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Bike went well over the 47 miles just need to decide now whether to keep the flat bars or swap them over to the original drops.

1950’s Dayton gets a new coat

Today i gave the Dayton Roadmaster it’s first ride since it aquired a new colour scheme .

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After having all of the Hammerite and numerous other coat’s removed I settled on this butter cup yellow .

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It’s now running a single speed set up and feels very relaxed and once I have fitted some new tyres it will be ready for some commuting .

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Woodrup Track frame hits the tarmac

Late in 2015 for some strange reason I took one look at this Woodrup track frame and decided that I would throw a low cheeky offer in and eventually this offer was accepted .

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On initial inspection I had thought that the original paint & chromework could be salvaged but it soon became clear to me that both were beyond that point .In January 2016 I contacted Lee Cooper cycles of Coventry re having it refinished if possible and left it with him for as long as he needed it .

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Roll forward to July 2018 and I finally decided to get this frame set out of hibernation and get it built up and back on the road , I have tried to go for period parts where poss and apart from the rear wheel rim I don’t think it’s turned out too bad in all fairness . Its running a 42 x 18 freewheel and a 17 tooth fixed sprocket on the other side , I have had to lose the original Cinelli pista bars as I could not find a stem of the right length and clamp size .

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After a few little niggles that were quickly sorted I started to use it for a couple of daily work commutes which went well enough , I then decided to use it for my Saturday am 2 hr ride so I could get a better feel for it , it managed fine and even climbed up a couple of local fairly steepish hills . I can’t say the 29 miles were trouble free as I was subject to a puncture 3 miles from home .

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Colnago Sport

A while back I received a forum message on one of the bike forums I visit from a gent in Ghana who had just picked up a Colnago frameset .

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And for whatever reason he asked me if I would like it , so after some thought I said yes depending on how we were going to get it from Ghana to the UK .

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He said that next time he came visiting he would bring it over as hand luggage . Well it all happened about 6 weeks ago.

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And once I saw it I was concerned about how tight on clearances it was . And decided that I would build it up soon as I could so I could ride it and make sure it rode well before deciding on a much needed frame refinish .

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Well I finished bolting parts to it earlier this week and have been using it for commuting for a couple of days to get a general feel for it and I was pleasantly surprised how it rode especially once I replaced the calipers.

 

After a total of 35 commuting miles I decided to use it on my Saturday early morning ride and covered 26 enjoyable miles at a good pace and apart from the drive side bottom bracket cup loosening itself it went well. Once home I used a fair degree of brute force to tighten it back up .

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Another 29 miles were covered this morning without any issues and I can honestly say that it handles well , is surefooted and soaks up the lumps and bumps well .  It’s a bike that I am looking forward to getting a few more miles on in the future.

 

Which way is best ?

me roads are so much better ridden in one direction than they are the other way .

The road that links the A509 at Wollaston and the B573 at Great Doddington is one of those roads .

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It’s known locally as Hardwater road and I prefer to ride it from Great Doddington rather than Woolaston and it’s not just because of the hill at the end .

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At the moment you can only drive or walk across one section as there was an incident where a truck destroyed the safety barriers going over the river nene .

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I rode along this road this morning on my Ian May and thoroughly enjoyed the ride even all the way to the top of the hill .

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Picked this bike and training device up a couple of months ago , I thought anything that has a Charter Lea crank can’t be all that bad

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 Well when I first saw it in the flesh I was a bit disappointed as I hadn’t noticed the awful Hammerited paintfinish that exdended to the wheel spokes as well !!

 

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 I made it rideable and did a 3 mile test ride on it and it rode quite nicely in all fairness , so I took the decision to get the frame stripped and re finished once I could find a local company that could do it for me .

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Well I picked it up yesterday from the bead blasters who look to have done a great job of removing all the various coats of paint that this Dayton Roadmaster has had applied over its Amalgam tubes .

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Next journey is to drop it off at local coating firm and see what colour they are offering to do it in for me .