Well the first week of 2019 was another week of clocking up some more miles on my bargain priced Falcon Explorer .
With another 60+ miles added to the total , I am still enjoying riding this very basic bike .
I am really surprised by the ride quality of this bike and I am starting to think how much better would it ride with better quality components .
At some point I want to replace the rear rack for a lighter aluminium one , but I need to work out what fittings I need first .
After 37 miles this morning I am fast approaching the 200 mile point with the Falcon Explorer.
Really enjoying the way this bike soaks up the miles .
And the butterfly bar’s are really comfortable to use .
This must rate as the bargain of 2018 .
Well another year is rapidly coming to a close .
And what a year .
I have covered over 5500 miles with a week to go .
I have discovered some new names .
And been reunited with some old friends .
All in all it hasn’t been that bad , how has your 2018 been ?
I reckon we would cover about 60 miles in our car on £12 of petrol at the current £1.16 per litre .
So far I have covered about the same amount of miles on my recent Falcon Explorer 12 acquisition .
Looking at the date stamps on the hubs it’s an early 90’s bike and which looks like it has led an easy life .
This bike will take on the role of my winter / wet weather bike until I get my Marin back on the road .
So far I have swapped the flat bar’s for a set of butterfly bar’s , adjusted the brakes , pumped up the tyres and wiped the dust off it .
This afternoon I have swapped the original tyres for some used Schwalbe Marathons and re greased the hubs .
Since my original blog about this bike I have had a few stress filled moments whilst working on it .
First one reared its head when I went to take the quill stem out , as it would only allow me to move it up or down about half an inch . When I finally got it all apart I found that the last inch of the quill stem had come adrift from the rest .
Next came the two plus hours trying to fit a set of guards , I could get the guards to sit ok but couldn’t get the stays to reach the mounting points so in the end I found some brackets that I fitted between the stays and the mounts .
The other issue my local bike shop sorted by re-dishing the rear wheel so it sat central in the frame.
Once all these were sorted it’s been plain sailing and I can honestly say it rides really smooth and all that’s left is to find the ideal tyre pressure .
In my last blog I wrote about my Dawes Debonair which I had just started doing some test miles on .
Well I am happy to report that in total last week I covered a total of 103 miles on it .
And I can honestly say it rode very well and on the 33 mile Saturday am ride it was actually averaging a higher speed than many of my more exotic rides without making me work any harder than usual . I don’t ride for the pure speed I ride to enjoy and watch the scenery and building’s I ride past en route .
The only thing that let it down was that I had forgotten to fit one of my Selle Smp saddle’s this mistake has now been rectified .
My intention is to use this as my winter road bike unless it sells beforehand .
I had great pleasure in a 3 mile ride at 5.45 am on Tuesday 6th November 2018 as it was the first time since 1975 that this 1966 Dawes Debonair had been ridden .
I purchased it a while back and was told by the gentleman that handed it over it originally belonged to his best cycling buddy who had bought it new in 1966 and used it very regularly till he died at an early age when it was handed over to the gent I got it from , he carried on using it till 1975 where upon he put it away in his garden shed .
When I got it , it was covered in cobwebs and so much dust that it had tarnished the paintwork quite a lot and both tyres were rock hard but brittle and as soon as I tried to remove them they just crumbled away .
After a few hours of wiping down with wet wipes , white spirit and fine wire wool I found the green paintwork so I could start applying some cutting compound and then polish it back into life . I then removed the original cottered crank for a much later double chain set and set about removing the required parts off a ladies Shogun bike I had lying around and this is the end result .
It rides very nicely indeed and hopefully will see many more miles as my winter road bike once I have covered a few more local test miles