2 Bikes for sale

PLEASE NOTE THESE BIKE’S ARE IS IN WELLINGBOROUGH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

First up is

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Turn of the century Terry Dolan 7005 triple butted Kinesis alloy framed road racing bike

56cm or 22″ square so suitable for 5ft 9″ upwards aprox with a standover height of 78cm of 30″

Nice condition wine red paintwork with lovely beefy chromed forks just a few storage related marks but no dents or cracks .

Mixed Shimano group set ie Ultrega sti units and rear mech whilst i believe fr mech is also an ultrega unit i cant be sure , rx 100 crank with mixed rings and RSX calipers . Gipiemme t-quattro 30s rims that really spin nice and freely , new Vittorio Rubino 700 x 23 tyres.

2 x bottle cage mounts but no cages or bottles , 45mm riser stem as forks were cut low , 90mm black angled stem with itm bars fitted. Acor seat ost that is free to move and adjust . Sell bossano saddle that is worn but comfy .

A good looking bike that is a treat to ride and own .

Asking £225 collected from NN8 Wellingborough post code or could be sent via a 2 – 3 day parcel force delivery for an extra £25

Next is

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Ribble alloy framed bike that gets good reviews no matter where you look , this was sold to me as a 56cm frame , although when measured from centre of crank to top of seat tube is 58 cm or 23″ and is 57 cm or 22 1/2″ along the top tube with a standover height of 81 cm or 32 ” and a head tube of 150 mm , so roughly ideal for around the 5ft 9″ and upwards area in the pictures its set for me at 5ft 10″

alloy 7005 frame with itm spider carbon bladed forks , red in colour with some age related marks but no dents or cracks . One previous owner who used it as his winter bike for the first couple of years then it got demoted to his spare winter bike and got hardly used for the last 8 years . I have covered aprox 125+ miles in the few weeks i have had it and its riding a lot better due to new 8 speed cassette and chain along with new gear cables and some tlc .

Gearing is all shimano components with yellow ” 105 ” flightdeck sti units with some crazing on the blades , sora chainset 52/39 with 170 mm arms and a sora front mechanism with a yellow “105” rear mechanism . Calipers are Tiagra units with half worn pads .

Wheels are unbranded shallow vee rims laced on to quando black hubs and spokes which run true enough ftted with a pr of continental duraskin tyres . Full length sks guards fitted the rear one looks to have had a repair and is fitted with a built in rear dynamo fed light unit (although no dynamo fitted ).

Std frame feature such as 2 sets of cage mounts , guard mounts fr & rr along with upper rear rack mounts , takes a 27.2 post which is free to move and adjust ok . stem is a 85mm at present with oversize bars .

Please note saddle , pedals , lights , garmin , waterproofs and under saddle bag are not included in sale . Pedals and a saddle will be included just not the ones in the pictures . And seat post will be a different one .

Asking £195 collected from NN8 Wellingborough postcode or could be sent via a 2 day parcel courier for an extra £25

Bridgestone Synergy Rb2 and its not a tyre

My latest purchase is a Bridgestone Synergy Rb2 circa mid 1980’s.

 

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I have been keeping an eye out for one or an Rb1 which is its slightly better specified brother , I have not seen either come up for sale for ages

. This one popped up a few weeks back at slightly over my budget for a bike that I wouldn’t be able to see in the flesh before handing over the cash so any decision was based on half a dozen pictures and a handful of words from its seller .

Bridgestone Synergy Rb2

It didn’t look in bad condition in supplied pictures with just the normal amount of age related marks and associated wear and tear for a bike that is 20+ years old , all of its original equipment was still fitted which is always a bonus . So once we agreed an all in price that included carriage to me the deal was done and the excitement began.

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There is always a bit of anticipation when receiving a bike sent via a courier as you never know how well the sender has packaged it up to help keep it undamaged during transit by the various transport companies and handlers . The seller was good to his word and packaged the bike with lots of large sized bubble wrap around all the components including the frame . So upon lifting the components out the box it was nice to see it all neatly wrapped up . Once out of the packing I placed the frame in my bike repair stand and started to rebuild it , which meant re fitting the front wheel , pedals , handlebars seat post and saddle .

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I always like to re assemble the bike just to make sure there are no missing or unexpected damaged parts . The only thing that I noticed was the rear wheel was slightly out of true more than I would like but it should be an easy fix . Once a substitute rear wheel was slotted in place and the brakes were re set , I set off for a tentative ride around the cul de sac a few times just to give me an idea what or how the bike felt like . My initial reaction was good apart from a slightly sticky rear brake caliper or cable .

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A few daily commutes were done with the bike to give me a better idea of what work was required to turn this into a useable bike , it also gave me time to dig out a set of red rimmed Veluta road wheels that have been hanging around for ages . A couple of early morning tinkering sessions soon had the following parts replaced; wheels and tyres , 130 mm stem swapped for a 90mm one , brake cables , brake calipers , chain and 28 – 12  cassette fitted , I also fitted a couple of bottle cages and a pump along with fitting one of my selle smp 209 lite saddles for comfort .

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I also did some gentle polishing of the paintwork as I removed things to make it easier, this also helped with the general appearance of the bike as the original red and white paintwork was rather dull in places and soon came up with a bit of elbow grease. I have still got a lot of polishing to do but at least the bit that has been done has shown it should come up quite nicely .

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So far I have done two days of commuting with all the mechanical changes done and it is a lot smoother to ride , it is my intention to try and get at least one or two 10+ mile loop rides done before I venture any further away from home on it .

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The last two pictures were taken over the weekend where i used the bike for a nice 43 mile ride on the Saturday and a quick 23 miles on the Sunday its a fantastic bike and on these two rides my average speed was 1 mph higher than normal , ok i now the weather makes a bit of difference but so does a good bike .

 

All round Mercian joins the stable

When does an armchair become a racing car seat ?

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For my recently acquired Mercian it started to happen the moment I swapped the wide flat bars for a set of normal drop bars , this swap totally transformed this bike from being a very relaxed machine to one that has started to feel a bit more lively and responsive. The next stage would be to fit some narrower profile tyres of either 27” or 700c size . The actual geometry of the frame itself is more than likely the most limiting factor .

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As far as I was told by the original owner of this bike it was built to his specification by Mercian cycles of Derby at some point in the 1970’s . The things he specified were Prugnant professional lugs , a higher bottom bracket , increased brake drop , pump pegs on the drive side rear stay , top tube brake cable braze on’s are also offset to the drive side rather than being central , full rear stay wrap over , front wheel dynamo mount bracket and the fairly standard for the era lamp bracket boss on the drive side front fork blade .

Mercian Lucifer Baby Dynamo

Mercian Wrap over stay

His explanation for all these modifications was that he wanted a bike that he could use on weekend club rides , touring duties , road races and when need be any off roading that was required when out cycling . His reason for the pump pegs and top tube cable guides being offset to the drive side were so that when he carried the bike on his right shoulder he would not knock the pump of when lifting it up and the cable guides would not cause any cuts and lacerations to his hands when he was steadying the bike on his shoulder .

Mercian Rear Lamp

All the above modifications show how thoroughly this bike was thought about before any riding started and by listening to the previous owner it was used for loads of cycling and covered many a happy mile with him . At some point as far as I can tell the bike has been refinished as the Reynolds 531 decal clearly states renovated. When questioned the old boy had no recollection of this but when you get to 76 I feel you are allowed to forget some things . The condition of the paintwork is clearly a lot fresher than a 40+ year old bike would be if it had been used for most of its time .

Mercian 531 decal

A lot of the components date from the mid 1980’s i.e. the rear Suntour vx rear mechanism , Stronglight crankset and the lovely miche wheel hubs and the use of stainless spokes in both of the 27” wheels. A lot of the other added on bits are a lot earlier like the Simplex bottle cage , springring bell and the classically shaped Lucifer Baby dynamo and lighting set . The elderly gent told me how these were fitted to his previous bike a Maclean which sadly got destroyed when it was involved in a collision .

Mercian Spring Ring

So far the only work I have done is to swap the damaged and broken mudguards with a pair of much newer and better condition ones I had lying around in the garage. I then replaced the flat handlebar and stem set up for a set of alloy drops with a slightly shorter stem and a set of early Shimano 600 drilled brake levers and some new brake cables, some new pads are on order to be fitted once they arrive .

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At present I have covered just over 10 slow gentle commuting miles and once the brake pads have arrived and been fitted I will start using this bike on some longer and more arduous rides , then once I am happy with positioning of the bars I will be applying some black bar tape .

A memorable ride

It’s not every day I cycle past an ex nuclear weapon site , but I did on Saturday 18th March 2017. The best thing about it is I knew there was a disused World War 2 American aerodrome near to the village of Harrington , but what I didn’t know was until the early 1960’s it was an active base that housed Thor nuclear weapons that were the UK’s main nuclear deterrent at the time. I have cycled past the Harrington Airfield Memorial site on the Lamport to Harrington road many times but have never taken the time to actually stop and have a look at it like I did on this ride .

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I also added an extra 7 mile loop to one of my normal routes by turning right just as I entered the little hamlet of Orton that took me down to the A6 turning on the A14 by Rothwell once over the A14 I turned towards Harrington straight into a head wind and with a slight gradient the next couple of miles were a bit slower than the previous 15 miles had been .

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Harrington was still asleep as I rode through but then most villages are at 6.45am on a Saturday morning. Once clear of the village I noticed a turning right to Kelmarsh and noted that as a loop for another day . I carried on across the A14 and noticed the turning off that would take you directly to the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum which is open between Easter and October according to the little sign outside .

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I carried on and joined my normal route just before the war memorial site where I stopped to have a look and take some pictures . Once back on the Terry Dolan bike I headed off towards Draughton and then Lamport , Scaldwell , Holcot , Moulton ,Overstone,Sywell ,Mears Ashby ,Earls Barton ,Great Doddington and back into Wellingborough .

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As mentioned earlier this ride was done on my recently acquired Kinesis tubed Terry Dolan from around the year 2000.  It looks like it has had an easyish life prior to me getting hold of it . It’s finished in a nice wine shade of red with a fantastic looking set of chunky alloy forks and a very free rolling set of Gipiemme Quattro wheels that have just been fitted with a new set of Vittorio Rubino tyres .

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Dolan

 

The longest ride I have done on this bike previously was just over 30 miles and I wanted to cover a minimum of 40 miles on this ride so I could get a true feeling of the bike and all of its components before deciding what its future will be . So far I feel it’s a very nice bike to ride and all its mixture of shimano components work well together to provide a very capable bike indeed . It’s a shame it hasn’t got proper mudguard mounting points but a set of clip ons do the job when its being used in dry to slightly damp conditions as I have enough other bikes fitted with full guards .

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Over the next couple of weeks weather permitting I would like to do at least one more 40+ mile ride on this machine then I will make decision on its future .

Ribble 7005 Audax

have been using this Ribble Audax framed bike for the last week and a bit .

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It’s an alloy 56cm frame with a set of ITM Spider carbon forks and over the last week I have done quite a bit of work on it to get it running smoothly , whilst I have been doing the work I have also done a few rides on it .

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I have swapped the previous wheels out for a set of quando hubbed units that spin a bit more freely and don’t wobble like the original set, whilst doing this I also replaced the original 12 – 24 rear cassette for one that gives me a better spread of ratio’s i.e. 12 – 30 and a new sram chain to match. I have also replaced the rear gear mechanism cable as the original one had signs of fraying within the sti unit head and finally I tidied up the bar tape by unwinding and re fitting .

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The first few rides were only short commuting rides and then as I gained confidence I increased the miles to the point of doing a couple of 40 mile rides on the last 2 weekends, I am looking forward to doing a few more miles on it . It’s a very smooth riding machine and I also think it’s a rather nice looking bike , the red paintwork is nice and bright, however it does have a few signs of cable rub and general storage marks that the vast majority of bikes pick up as they go along .

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Its nicely specified with a mix of Shimano components i.e. “Yellow” 105 sti units and front mechanism with a Sora double chain set and rear mechanism and it has the handy benefit of being fitted with full length SKS guards to help keep me dry whilst riding in the rain which is always a bonus when riding bikes in the UK .

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The previous owner told me he had owned it from new but it had seen little use in the last 8 years due to one reason or another and as he needed to thin out his collection the ones that were not getting much use were first in the line to go , so once a price was agreed the bike was collected before he changed his mind . I got the impression It was initially his do it all winter / wet weather bike .

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I have heard and seen loads of comments from other riders about how nice these Ribble Audax / Winter frames are to ride so it was with great interest that I looked forward to doing some miles on it and so far I have not been disappointed at all . What are my long term plans for it?  Well I don’t really know yet as I am happy  riding and covering miles on this machine .

A tale of 2 Viscounts Aerospace 600 ex’s

Earlier this week I placed a picture of my Viscount Aerospace 600ex on a Facebook thread where another owner had posted a picture of his 600ex .

 

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Adrian McCarthy’s 600ex

 

The eagle eyed other owner was soon messaging me with a list of questions to answer , starting off with asking me ” What size is the biggest rear sprocket?” , then came “Yours has mudguard eyes and does it have any cut outs in the bottom bracket shell ?”

 

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Viscount 600ex

As I was counting the teeth on the sprocket I had a closer look at the wheels as I presumed it had 700c wheels as per the brochure I found on line but they are actually 27” rimmed wheels and looking at the brake calipers there is not enough drop for them to reach 700c sized wheels like the other owner has . When I turned the bike over there were no cut outs in the bottom bracket shell to be seen .

 

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Viscount 600ex

 

I also noticed that mine has half chromed front forks whilst his don’t , so there are quite a few variations between 2 ” identical” bikes . It would be interesting to see what his frame number is to see which one was built first. My frame number looks to be 6024 or 9, now what that actually means who knows as the top tube decal proudly tells anybody looking it was bike of the year in 1981 so I would expect somewhere between 1982 and 1984 as a build date but who knows .

 

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Viscount 600ex

 

I suppose a harder look for some production dates on some of the components fitted to the bike might give more of a clue to the production year area .

 

It’s strange that so many variations can exist between two versions of the same bike , I am not that bothered about the differences as I  much prefer the way 27” wheeled bikes ride over the narrower 700c wheels which can lead to a bit of a harsh ride at times . Mudguard mounts are always handy as they give you the option of fitting guards or carriers without having to use “P” clips  . I like chrome, so the addition of chromed forks be they half or fully chromed is a real bonus to me .

 

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Viscount 600ex

 

Of course both bikes are at least 30 years old so they might well have had loads of modifications made over the years as it has passed through the chain of previous owners . I was told by the seller of mine that he was the 2nd owner and all he had replaced were consumables and no major components during his 7 – 8 years of ownership .

The Perils of commuting in the rain

I have used my local council’s on line street doctor quite a few times over the years reporting  various things from burnt out cars restricting the cycleway to a flooded underpass . It’s a system that seems to work to a degree .

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The latest reason for contacting them was the flooded underpass, as yet again the water had overflowed from the nearby stream due to a restricted grid where it disappears underground for a short distance. As the water overflows it heads across the grass and down the pathway into the under pass where it collects, it has no where to go as the access each side is ramped , I do believe there is a strip of drainage channels on the one side but these are only there to allow a small amount of water to drain away .

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The water seems to get up to 4 – 5 ft deep in the underpass area before it’s high enough on the one side for it to start overflowing back into the stream. In the meantime the underpass is rendered no go to all users apart from any that might fancy swimming through it !!! Luckily it’s not much of a detour to get from one side to the other if it is restricted .

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The reply I had back this time stated no actions required which I found strange so I made the decision to contact them via phone to hear why. After speaking to 3 or 4 automated messages I got through to a fellow human being who seemed to be reading a report filed by one of her colleagues saying that when the underpass was inspected a few days later no fault was found. So I asked did she know if he had looked at the stream at all , to which I was told no . I asked her to reopen the case and for the stream to be inspected .

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But looking at my e mails last Friday I had another case closed no action required e mail . So seeing as its been raining for a few hours this morning I decided to take a few before and after pictures and this is what this blog is based on.

I noticed this afternoon that the grills look to have been cleared of debris , so it will interesting to see if the flooding continues next time we get some rain.