Mighty Quinn Part 2

I blogged last week about how I was due to collect the Harry Quinn Frameset from Lee Cooper, frame builder supremo, who was given the task to remove the bonded in Campag cups and repair the bottom bracket threads by whichever way he thought was best .


He had warned me when I dropped it off that there were no guarantees but he would do his best and try and keep any damage to the existing paintwork to minimum .


So when he explained and showed me what he had done I was extremely surprised and pleased, he ended up having to put two repair patches in the bottom bracket shell instead of the hoped one , which unfortunately meant that the stamped Q frame number was lost.


Harry Quinn bottom bracket

As you can see he has done a very neat job and it just needs me to clean it up and apply some paint .


Harry Quinn

I should also think that the eagle eyed ones of you have noticed that I went ahead and had as much of the running gear transplanted across from the Peugeot Competition as well, after 3.5 miles covered so far I can say that I am very impressed with the whole package.


Harry Quinn

I am quite excited about this bike for various reasons , mainly because anybody that has ever ridden or owned a Q prefixed Quinn are always saying how good they are to ride . And I think this one certainly looks the part what with its fairly fresh paint job and nice spec modern equipment in a nice retro frame .

Long term plans well that is a good question , i am sorely tempted to fit some guards and use it as my all weather bike but will have to see how it goes after a few more test rides .


Quick update 24/01/16 just spent 5 minutes wire wooling the underside of the bottom bracket shell and this is what i found


Harry Quinn frame number


The Mighty Quinn

Tomorrow morning I should be collecting the white Harry Quinn frameset back from Lee Cooper after he has removed the “glued” in external bottom bracket cups and has also performed a cut and shut operation on the bottom bracket shell due to the threads being a bit suspect .


This frameset has been in my garage for quite a while whilst I have deliberated what to do with it . I always thought it was too good a quality frame just to leave sitting around doing nothing . At one point I even listed it for sale but I soon realized that if it sold I would have totally missed the chance of owning and riding a genuine Q prefixed Harry Quinn bike .


It would also keep up the tradition of having a couple of Merseyside built bikes in my stable . At some point in its life the rear drop outs have been spread to accept later 130mm style hubs and the brake bridges have also been modified to take Allen key style brake calipers .

At this moment of time I am unsure exactly what components are going to be used in its build. I would have liked to have used period parts but when the frame has already been modified to accept modern components it seems to make sense to use modern ones. So my thoughts are to strip all the “ Yellow” Shimano 105 items apart from brake calipers from the recently acquired Peugeot Professional road bike and use them .


Peugeot Professional

This would give me a nicely equipped retro road bike running an 18 speed sti controlled gear system along with modern dual action calipers that will be looking after the slowing and stopping needs of the brakes when required .


The above should also result in a fairly light road bike with the legendary Quinn handling and ride quality with an added bonus of modern components .

I am normally against the stripping down of one bike to build another up but my other option is to build using a New Old Stock Shimano 2300 group set  and a pair of Shimano branded wheels . It’s a decision I shall make over the weekend and work will commence next week with the help of my local bike shop .

Either way it looks fairly likely that I will hopefully be doing some test miles on the finished project soon so will keep you posted .

My Steel Keepers

A couple of days I go I did a blog about some of the bikes that had passed through the garage during 2015 .

Well this blog is about the bikes that have stayed in the garage during 2015 a couple of them have been in the garage for a couple of years now and I can’t see them leaving any time soon but never say never .

 Ian May

First up is the red Ian May badged bike I purchased a while back from its original owner who barely used the frame before building it up approximately 2 years ago when I bought it , Its one of my garage queens as it barely get used for no real reason other than I have too many bikes to choose from

 Ian May

Next up is another Ian May that again turned up as a frameset early in 2015 and this one has an IMC prefixed frame number so as far as can be told this frame was one built by the man himself . I had it fitted out with nice reliable equipment I had lying around in my spares box at the time rather than going for flashy components , it’s a smaller sized frame than I normally use but it is a nice comfy bike to ride .

 Single speed Pollard

The 3 rd bike is this W Pollard Specialite that is another bike I have owned for a few years , early in 2015 I had it reverted back to a single speed set up and it rides just as nice as it did when it had gears fitted to it . It was used as my day to day commuter for a while but since being converted across it hardly gets any use which is a great shame .

 Marin Bear Valley

Now this is the only mountain bike I have in my collection its an early 90’s Marin Bear Valley owned and ridden by me since 1992 , for the past few months it has been my daily commuter when not doing tesdting miles on one of my for sale bikes . This bike has seen a fair bit of useage with me and it always makes me smile .

Blue R.E.W Reynolds

The final bike I shall include is the blue R.E.W Reynolds which has been my winter bike ever since it was made roadworthy after spending a lot of time sat in the previous owners shed since they packed in riding . It is another very comfortable and easy bike to ride and another one I enjoy riding

2015 A Great year of steel

Well 2015 was a great year for Racing Bikes Biggs682  I had a fair few very nice machine pass through and some were lucky enough to stay and see the start of 2016 with me as well .


I think it’s hard to pinpoint one particular bike as being the best but the ones shown below in no order are some of the highlights for me .

lee Cooper

The “Bromwich” by Lee Cooper is a great machine that sadly has seen little use but then it’s one that is staying so it will definitely get used in time .


The “Rossi” cycle was an absolute gem of a bike, it was the previous owners time trial machine and you can see why it looks like its doing 30 mph standing still , it didn’t stay for long which was a shame but hey cant keep ’em all .


The Revell was another great bike by a little known British frame builder and was made with Ishiwata 0245 tubing which gave it a great ride and was nice and light as well .

Aende Tourer

I have been on the look out for an “Aende”for a while and have never been able to track one down at the right price so when I found a pair of them being sold by the original owner it was a sure gone conclusion .

Aende Road Bike

There has also been a few great mainstream bikes that have made their way into the garage this year mainly due to the fact that they had seen little use by the previous owners and this 1990’s Peugeot 531 Pro and Raleigh Dyna Tech had covered less than 250 miles from new between them .

Peugoet 531 pro



Another great machine was this Dave Hinde an absolute fantastic looking bike that had loads of gorgeous chrome and a nice bright colour scheme to boot .

Dave Hinde

These are just a handful of the bikes that have been and gone throughout 2015 lets hope 2016 is just as good .

Year 2000 Peugeot Professional Road bike

Year 2000 Peugeot Professional road racing bike for sale .
Measure 54 cm or 21 1/4″ from centre of crank to top of seat tube and 55 cm or 21 1/2″ along the top tube and has a low standover height of 77 cm or 30″ , set for me in pics at 5ft 10″ .

Peugeot Professional

Frame is 7005 Aluminium with a cro mo fork and finished in a nice bright white with matching decals , 2 set of bottle cage mounts but only 1 cage fitted .
Full ” yellow ” Shimano 105 groupset ie Hubs, sti’s , brake calipers and mechanisms with an RX1000 chainset with 172.5mm arms . Look clipless pedals fitted but untested.

Peugeot Professional

Wheels are the original Rigida Nova 700 rims laced on to 105 hubs and fitted with low use Michelin Lithion 2 tyres in 700 x 23 size ( 1 small nick in rear ) .
Original Selle royal ” shark ” saddle on a black 27.2 micro adjust seat post that is free to move and adjust , 115 mm black quill stem that is free to move and adjust . Modolo anatomic bars with yellow and black splatter bar tape .Miche aero headset that has been cleaned and given some fresh grease .

Peugeot Professional

All works ok just needs a clean and using , the original owner i got it from used it for triathlons and covered aprox 1000 miles according to her since new .
Asking £135 collceted from nn8 Wellingborough or for an extra £25 could be sent via parcel force to most uk post codes
please note sold as seen i have tried it for 8 miles only and all seems ok .

2015 in review

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