The garage queen is out again .

I have owned this Ian May decaled machine for a few years now . The actual make is unknown but it does have an Italian threaded bottom bracket so can only presume Italian parentage .

Normally I don’t use it till the month of May but this year it had to wait until June mainly as I wasn’t cycling in May with the covid pandemic around.

Over the years I have owned it the bike has undergone various changes ie at least 3 different types of wheels and tyres , 2 sets of calipers , 2 different bar and stem combination’s due to different reasons.

I always think it looks cool especially being red and chrome and now with red tyres just to finish it off .

It’s a lovely bike to ride and always soaks up whatever I throw at it and often comes back and asks for more . The miles just roll away and it doesn’t mind the occasional hilly terrain as well with a 52/42 chainset and a 12/36 rear cassette .

It never covers loads of miles each year but it’s always one of the bikes that I look forward to riding on a regular basis. And when you consider some of the machines in my garage that says a lot .

Viscount aerospace

A lot of people seem to run scared at the thought of owning or riding a Viscount because of the death fork tales of these classic bikes .

When a good friend of mine in France  asked me about buying this last year  as it was a bit big for him I jumped at the chance of doing so .

Over the last week I have been doing some test ride’s on it along with a few running adjustments and fine tuning . It’s mostly original apart from the rear wheel with nice clean paintwork and age related patina .

I like the design of the stronglight SX chainset and the Shimano crane derailleurs that control the 10 gears .

All in all I rather like riding this retro road bike it’s just a shame that the Viscount name went the way of so many other bike manufacturers .

This model has the aerospace tubing so it’s a nice lightweight machine especially when paired with the original alloy forks . Even the non aerospace tubed models ride well if you ask .

Let the tidy up begin

I have finally decided enough is enough and have started to sort out the mess in the garage .

It will take a while as I don’t really want to get halfway through it then have to stop . First decision is to decide on what kind of workbench I want and then get that on order along with a shelving unit .

So far I have filled a plastic storage box with saddles and a cardboard box with paired up pedals .

I even found a set of pedals made by Noli Cattaneo a name I had never even heard of , I have no idea what bike they came from .

I also found some campagnolo , MKS and Berthey loytard ones amongst them .

Next up is to sort out are the numerous saddle bags and smaller under saddle pouches that I have amassed over the years .

Turbo Tandem

I have decided to stop cycling on the open road till the covid 19 virus has finished ripping our world apart .

So instead of road cycling I have purchased a basic Bike But turbo trainer and have attached the family Raleigh pioneer venture u+1 tandem to it.

My main reason for choosing this machine from my collection of bikes was simple . We normally take the tandem with us when we go away on holidays. At least this way we can pretend that we cycling along Bournemouth promenade or around Centre parcs .

After a five minute try out I decided to swap the knobbly marathon tyre for a smoother treaded tyre .

The knobbly marathon stays on the front . So far I have done just under two hours of use . Ok it’s not the most enjoyable form of cycling but at least I can ride safely .

For the technical it’s an alloy framed machine made around the turn of the century . And is fitted with Shimano gearing offering 24 speeds and has cable operated disc’s .

Why buy new

A couple of weekends ago I did a 32 mile return journey to pick up another bike .

The bike I was going to look at had been described as In good condition with no use for the last 18 months . The bike I saw upon arrival looked as it had only seen minimal useage at all .

I just don’t understand why people go and buy a new bike and then never use them and then sell them for a lot less than they paid for them in the first place . I can only presume they have money to throw away .

So if anyone fancies a very lightly if used at all Dolan Preffisio then you know who to get in touch with .

Fitted with SRAM rival 2 X 10 gearing and matching calipers with a SRAM red crankset , Shimano rs10 wheel set all of which look like they have done little miles if any at all .

Look what arrived

Saw this advertised over the weekend and I am sorry but I could not refuse it .

One previous owner from new in as new condition considering it’s from around 2003 .

Built with oversized carbon tubing with alloy lugs and bottom bracket shell .

Lots of lovely details on this one like the mono stay .

Not a lot of clearance for a set of guards so dry weather use only .

All in all I am looking forward to seeing the miles trundle by on this fine device .

Look kg231

I have often looked at Look branded bikes but up until a couple of weeks ago I had never owned one .

This one previous owner from new specimen turned up recently and I thought that it looked like a nice example so placed a fairly low bid in to see what happened.

A couple of days later and I was the only bidder so it ended up belonging to me .

It’s a full carbon frame that has been very well looked after. In the last couple of years it has been used as a single speed around town and general hack bike .

I would like to get it back to having some extra gears and a set of drop bars again , but first I need to find or adapt a front derailleur hanger to mount in the original position .

This is the nearest I have come across so far , just needs a bit of fine adjustment to the mounting holes .

So far I have used it on a few commutes and it feels very nice.

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.