Quick Question

Simple question for you all is this bike red & yellow or yellow & red ?

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To be honest it doesn’t really matter to me as I like the colour scheme no matter which way round it is .

 

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And the fact that it’s a very nice bike to ride as well is just a huge bonus  , since it’s arrival a couple of weeks ago it has seen most of my leisure time rides and has so far clocked up close to 200 miles in that time and each one has been a pleasure to do .

The added bonus when I first saw it in the flesh was the mixture of campagnolo groupset and a very nice dedacciai tubed frame set was the icing on top of the cake .

 

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All I have had to do was to replace the rear innertube , fit a selle smp saddle and wipe off the cobwebs and add some chain lubricant before setting off on some miles .

 

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Khs 14 aero Turbo

A couple of weeks ago on my local Gumtree website I spotted a rather nice looking Khs 14 Aero Turbo with a great retro paint job that sadly was missing the white stars .

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What I know about Khs bikes has always led me to keep an eye out for them when they become available as they always seem to ride well and be made well enough .

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This one lived up to my hopes and I happily paid the full asking price and loaded it in to our car to take it home .

It didn’t look like it needed an awful lot of work , ie Pump the tyres up and lift the seat post and quill stem up to suit my needs once these tasks were done it was time for a ride or two and I was far from disappointed in it .

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A couple of days-worth of commuting proved trouble free so I decided to take it on a couple of longer 15+ mile rides again these all went well , but they did show that ideally this 54cm sized frame was a bit on the small side for me and would either need a longer stem or a laid back seat post to make it suit me better .

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At the moment I have decided against doing either of the above as I have enough correct fitting bikes to use , so I currently have this up for sale if anybody is interested please contact me

You Caad 8

Well i picked this lime green Cannondale up yesterday morning from a local seller who admitted he hadn’t really done more than 500 miles since buying it new in 2016 .

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Upon riding it home I noticed that the saddle needed to up a bit for me but decided against doing that till I had fitted one of my Selle Smp lite 209’s .

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Once home and with the Selle smp fitted I set about getting it ready for this morning’s ride .

 

After not a poor nights sleep I was up and out by 5.05 am with a route in mind that could be shortened at any point . First stop was along Pitsford Promenade where I raised the seat post another half an inch .

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Pitsford Promenade

I headed out through Brixworth ,Cottesbrooke ,Haselbeach , Arthingworth , Desborough ,Wilbarston where I made another seat post adjustment along with a gentle rotation of the flat bars . I pressed on to Pipewell , Rushton ,Kettering ,Pytchley and Little Harrowden before turning down the mad mile and home .

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Bike went well over the 47 miles just need to decide now whether to keep the flat bars or swap them over to the original drops.

1950’s Dayton gets a new coat

Today i gave the Dayton Roadmaster it’s first ride since it aquired a new colour scheme .

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After having all of the Hammerite and numerous other coat’s removed I settled on this butter cup yellow .

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It’s now running a single speed set up and feels very relaxed and once I have fitted some new tyres it will be ready for some commuting .

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Colnago Sport

A while back I received a forum message on one of the bike forums I visit from a gent in Ghana who had just picked up a Colnago frameset .

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And for whatever reason he asked me if I would like it , so after some thought I said yes depending on how we were going to get it from Ghana to the UK .

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He said that next time he came visiting he would bring it over as hand luggage . Well it all happened about 6 weeks ago.

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And once I saw it I was concerned about how tight on clearances it was . And decided that I would build it up soon as I could so I could ride it and make sure it rode well before deciding on a much needed frame refinish .

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Well I finished bolting parts to it earlier this week and have been using it for commuting for a couple of days to get a general feel for it and I was pleasantly surprised how it rode especially once I replaced the calipers.

 

After a total of 35 commuting miles I decided to use it on my Saturday early morning ride and covered 26 enjoyable miles at a good pace and apart from the drive side bottom bracket cup loosening itself it went well. Once home I used a fair degree of brute force to tighten it back up .

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Another 29 miles were covered this morning without any issues and I can honestly say that it handles well , is surefooted and soaks up the lumps and bumps well .  It’s a bike that I am looking forward to getting a few more miles on in the future.

 

1950’s Dayton

Picked this bike and training device up a couple of months ago , I thought anything that has a Charter Lea crank can’t be all that bad

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 Well when I first saw it in the flesh I was a bit disappointed as I hadn’t noticed the awful Hammerited paintfinish that exdended to the wheel spokes as well !!

 

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 I made it rideable and did a 3 mile test ride on it and it rode quite nicely in all fairness , so I took the decision to get the frame stripped and re finished once I could find a local company that could do it for me .

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Well I picked it up yesterday from the bead blasters who look to have done a great job of removing all the various coats of paint that this Dayton Roadmaster has had applied over its Amalgam tubes .

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Next journey is to drop it off at local coating firm and see what colour they are offering to do it in for me .

 

2018 update

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1955 Rotrax outside Hannington Hall

It’s been a while since I have posted anything for various reasons .

But the good news I am still buying, selling , tinkering and riding retro bikes .

So i thought i would share some pictures of one of my latest bikes , it’s a 1955 Rotrax bike that was previously owned by a lady rider from the Southampton / Portsmouth area and used this bike for time trialing etc etc . I was told that at some point it was refinished by Rotrax and then rebuilt but sadly it hadn’t been used since this refinish .

I have always wanted a Rotrax for ages mainly due to the stories that my mother always tells about her pink Rotrax that she use to ride on all those years ago .

Its got some slight later bits on but the calipers and hubs are all from the correct period other parts are more later additions .

 

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