My Bucket List

I am not sure how many other people have a bucket or wanted list when it comes to bikes they would like to own. My own wanted list was quite short and consisted of a Marin road bike and an early 80’s Peugeot 531.

I managed to obtain a Peugeot frameset a couple of weeks ago from a Belgium seller and it looks to be just what I wanted ie fairly tidy but not immaculate paintwork so I just need to decide on what parts to bolt on to it . Firstly I would like to fit some sprint & tub wheels the rest is as yet undecided although I do have a full set of Shimano Exage mechanisms and down tube levers that are earmarked for the build at the moment .


Peugeot Super competition

It’s got “ super competition” decals on the top tube in the right location but I am not convinced it is a super competition for one reason or another , the chromed front forks have lost some of the chroming but are tidy enough .


Peugeot Super Competition

Earlier this week I found a six month old Marin Argenta Comp going for a very fair price indeed.  Once initial contact had been made with the seller, its age and condition were confirmed as the advert carried a library picture not an actual picture of the bike on offer. The seller also confirmed it had covered less than 30 miles due to it being on the large size for her and then her job location had changed and was no longer within riding distance .


Marin Argenta Comp

My first sight of the Marin and its seller shocked me for several reasons; the lady in question was barely 5 foot tall whilst the frame was  56.5cm, suitable for people nearer to 5 ft 6” and upwards and then the drop bars were turned in a way that I could not understand, but she said they were turned like that so she could just about reach the sti control units !!!

A quick once over confirmed in my mind that the bike certainly didn’t look like it had covered much more mileage than the 30 the seller was claiming so I handed over the required amount of money to purchase the bike . As I walked a way I was handed an as new Specialized helmet and cat eye light set that the seller said she no longer had any use for seeing as she no longer owned a bike. The value of these bits alone cover well over half of what I paid for the complete bike .

Today is the first time I have ridden the Marin and to say I am impressed is an understatement , I set it up very roughly once I got home from collecting it and in all fairness it doesn’t feel too bad , so I need to swap my Seller smp lite 209 over on to it and then I can do some fine tweaking on the bars rotation and height to get a comfortable position for the miles ahead .


Happy Christmas to you all and thanks for taking the time and effort to read my blogs.

Crazy Weather

Well it’s the 16th December 2015 and the United Kingdom is having another crazy year on the weather front . Whilst some areas of Cumbria and Northern England had floods last week other areas escaped without any rain at all .

 Weather Symbol

I can recall from my youth that November and December were normally cold and always a risk of some snow falling over most of the UK along with icy conditions for days upon a time , however I can’t remember how many years it has been since we have had serious snow falls in the UK during December . The last one I can recall was either 2002 or 2003 and it took me 3 hours to get out of the centre of Northampton and home to the Village I lived in at the time which was all of about 10 miles away .

 Blue R.E.W Reynolds

I hear you ask what has this got to with cycling , well I for one am enjoying the milder weather as it lets me get out on the bike more although I must admit my month to date miles total is below the normal figure . As normal I have equipped my winter stead with full weather protection i.e. full length guards and a full set of lights and I have another road bike , a Dawes Response with a set of SKS clip on race blades fitted and then my daily commuter always wears a set of guards all year round .


Dawes Response

Having just made the change from good old toe clips and straps to clip in pedals and being able to wear overshoes for extra protection I have noticed the extra layers of warmth and comfort when cycling early in the morning . Some cyclists hang up their bikes once the autumn is over and rely on the indoor cycle trainer for any cycling , although we have one set up in our garage I can honestly say it has not seen much if any use at all this year so far , mainly because the weather has been so good and then because I find them a real bore to use .


I am sure at some point we will pay for this milder weather but I am going to try and make the most of it and keep cycling as long as the weather conditions allow me to as I am sure many others will do as well .

Just because the Sunday best is not in use it does not mean you have to stop cycling , do as I and many others do, get yourself an older retro steel road bike and keep riding all year round .

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Raleigh Dyna Tech 755 Ti

Well its the first time since I picked the Raleigh Dyna Tech 755tTi up a couple of weeks ago that I have been at home and the sun has been out and the roads were dry .


Raleigh Dyna Tech 755 ti

So here are the pictures I have been promising to take ever since .

Its 54.5cm square frame size so set in the pictures for me at 5ft 10″ . The titanium tubing is glued rather than brazed and was quite advanced for its day . The rear stay’s are pinned as it is said some of the earlier ones came unglued .


Dyna Tech Rear Stays


As can be seen its in lovely as new condition with all its original Shimano 600 groupset that includes headset, sti units , fr & rear mechanisms , hubs laced to Mavic open 4 cd rims , chainset and of course calipers .


Dyna Tech 600 Shimano


Dyna Tech Michelin Hi Lite Comp

The original Michelin HI Lite Comp 700 x 20 tyres are still as new like the rest of the bike .Ideally i would lift the black ITM stem slightly but don’t really want to risk scratching or marking it .

My ride to and from the photo site was less than a mile but it felt nice to ride and it certainly felt nice with crisp but sticky through lack of use gear changes and very smooth braking although I doubt the pads have even bedded in yet .


My local bike shop were impressed enough to comment on it and re told me the  time when their Raleigh rep said that Raleigh never expected many Dyna Techs to be used as most would become garage queens , not sure how true that is but this one certainly has been a garage queen all its life .

The original sales receipt is dated 17/06/95 and is for £879.00 ! so whats it worth today?

Seeing as its only covered 45 miles since then . Anybody interested feel free to message me and we can discuss it .