Earlier this week saw the arrival of another R.E.W Reynolds of Northampton road bike , I was quite excited about this ones arrival as it was the first one that is more my size than all the previous ones I have owned .
I was told by its previous owner that he had the bike since the early 80’s and was last used about 5 years ago so I was fully aware it was always going to be a project rather than a jump on ride bike .
Upon arrival all seemed to be inside the box which is a good sign , i did notice that the steel rimmed 27″ wheels were in a worse state than I had hoped for , a quick bit of rubbing down with some fine wire wool brought up a shine but very bubbly . Ask anybody who has ridden a steel rimmed bike in the rain and tried to stop quickly it just does not happen , so I opted to swap them for a pair of 700c wheels .
First problem this bought was that the caliper just did not quite have the required reach for the brake pads to sit on all of the braking surface , luckily enough i found a longer reach front caliper in my spares box and promptly swapped it over .
Once this was fitted I ventured out on a short test ride with some 20-year-old tubs and sprint wheels and a set of old brake cables , it was only a gentle short ride just to see how it felt . The test ride went ok all things considered but it was only done at just above walking pace .
The paint is best described as having some light rust but after a couple of quick goes with some t – cut it looks a lot better and i think it should come ok .The bike has all the standard touring fittings of an 80’s bike ie Bluemels ” Popular” guards , pedal straps and cages a nice sugino ” Moxy” chainset that should all clean up ok .
Once the test ride was done the next step was to make it rideable so the headset was stripped and cleaned and re fitted with some fresh grease for a smoother feeling when turning the handle bars , some better brake pads were fitted , chainset was removed and lightly cleaned a replacement 6 speed rear cog set was fitted along with a new chain , a donor set of wheels were fitted with some plain black walled tyres , I have yet to decide whether to use clincher style wheels or tubular sprint wheels long-term but at the moment it is sat on the clinchers and has completed a full 5 miles now in this form .
Once the cables have been replaced and front mudguard fitted i will update the above picture but for know this is how it was on first test ride .