Sid’s first 33 miles

I decided to use my fixed wheel Sid Mottram for my early morning ride today.

My plan was to do a couple of my regular 12 mile loops just in case I had any issues.

As I approached the top of the mad mile I made the executive decision to head off towards Holcot village .

After stopping for the above picture in Holcot I set off towards Pitsford which gave me two route options if needed .

I stopped at Pitsford parish church for a quick photo before cycling off towards Boughton . As I glanced down at my Garmin I noticed that my average speed was a very good 14.5 mph which considering the route so far impressed me .

Another photo stop in Boughton in front of some thatched terraced cottages situated on a sharp downhill right hand bend just before the village church.

Next village to be visited was Moulton where I stopped in the village square for the above picture.

As I cycled away from Moulton I decided to head home rather than go further afield as my fingers were starting to feel slightly chilly .

Once I had ridden through Overstone and Sywell I had a quick ride around the industrial units at Sywell airport but failed to find a good spot for another picture so pressed on towards home .

As I neared the bottom of the mad mile I decided that the above industrial barrier would be my final picture of the day.

So 33 miles on another of my winter road bike fleet had been completed .

Sid’s overhaul .

Well the mechanical overhaul is complete now on my 1950’s Sid Mottram fixed wheel bike.

The overhaul included swapping the original Williams chainset with an alloy stronglight one .

The front wheel was respoked along with some new grease for the wheel bearings front and rear and some new brake cables and pads .

The original paintwork and it’s patina was given a quick de dusting and then a t cut and polish to try and bring the shine .

The blue original guards have been replaced by a pair of black “sovereign” ones and in all fairness I think they look great.

The 48 X 18 fixed gearing has been tried and tested on my two other fixed wheel bikes.

Next job is to get some period ribbed bar tape .

Sid Mottram Fixed gear .

I purchased this Sid Mottram a couple of weeks ago from the daughter of the original owner .

As far as she could remember it was bought by her late father in the 1950’s after a trip to see Sid Mottram in Leicester shop .

Through the covering of dust and grime built up over the years of storage I could see a nice bike lurking below .

It’s fitted with a mix of original and later components ie Williams chainset , wienmann 27″alloy rims , GB drop bars and a Reynolds 531 stem that had been wrapped up in black bar tape . Thankfully the constrictor lamp bracket hadn’t been covered as well .

Once I removed the tape I could see the damage to the glorious chromed stem that years of tape had caused ie lots of flaking chrome.

My plan is to swap the cranks for a set of stronglight items along with a 19 toothed fixed rear cog . The front wheel will be respoked . It will also need some new cables and brake pads .

I am unsure if it’s a Wally Green or Mercian built frame . But either way I am looking forward to covering some miles on it.

Old Faithful stands in

This morning’s ride started with a flat rear tyre on the Dunelt fixed gear .

Luckily I hadn’t even left the garage and with damp underfoot conditions I wanted to use a bike with guards.

So the only other bike that fitted the bill was my daily commuter the Marin Bear Valley .

I decided straight away to change my intended route to take in the cycle path that runs from Thrapston to Rushden lakes.

This meant that the first 15 miles were all on tarmac and then the next 6 and a bit were a mixture of smooth and rough gravel surfaces.

The Marin always gives me a smile no matter what it’s being used for . The homeward journey was another 7 miles of tarmac .

As I rode through Irchester I decided to do a lap of Irchester country park .

The ride ended up being just over 29 miles in length , I have no idea how long my smile was but it certainly stayed for most of the day.

Dunelt fixed gear update

It’s been a few weeks since I first posted about my Dunelt fixed gear bike .

I have done just about 125 miles on it now. So far I am really enjoying the miles on this machine as they roll by.

The only issue I have had is to re tension the chain by pulling the rear wheel further into the rear drop outs .

Everything else is working as it should be ie sweet as a nut . I am starting to feel at home on it a bit more now and have started to learn about descending on a fixed gear .

My next project is to get one of my other bikes built into a fixed gear set up as I want to do the vast majority of my winter rides on a fixie this year . The current favourite for this treatment is my 2017 winter bike the F R Russell pictured above so watch this space .

Dunelt reinvented

I made the decision to convert my alleged 1950 Dunelt to fixed gear a couple of weeks ago .

Running a 48 X 18 fixed gear set up at the moment which so far on testing has seemed just about right. It is still running on 27″ wheels and center pull calipers .

Over the years this machine has run various set ups .

It was used quite a bit in 2018 with a 1 X 6 speed set up .

It originally came to me quite a few years ago hand painted and I used it in that guise for quite a while . Before stripping off all the components and having it powder coated a nice bright orange colour .

Once it was powder coated I sold the frameset and then 3 years ago bought it back still unbuilt with all the masking tape still in place .

I am looking forward to getting some winter miles in on this machine .

J F Wilson

This J F Wilson arrived a couple of weeks ago .

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For an unknown reason other than the 90’s retro paint job soon as I saw it I wanted it .

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Not sure what the proper term is but I love the webbed style lugs .

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My first ride was not a disappointment either which is always a good sign even though it only lasted 300 yards before both tyres had lost 90 psi .

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So far a lot of my leisure rides have been done on this fine beast .

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J F Wilson are still going strong in Sheffield and have provided a lot of the original frame build specification .