Shorter

To compliment the red Aende I picked up last week . I added this late 70’s ex TT Shorter to my already overcrowded garage .

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Original owner had it built to order at the age of 15 and paid in the region of £570 for it .

 

Do you reckon he got it cheaper due to holes in the bottom bracket shell and rear drop outs.

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He also didn’t really have a gear set that are idea for hills .

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The fourth Aende

I acquired another Aende on Friday night which is the 4th one I have owned over the years .

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They were built by Pongo Braithwaite to  order and have quite a strong following .

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This one doesn’t have the drilled lugs like the others I have had , so quite plain but nonetheless it is still very nice .

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It’s made from Columbus slx tubing and is fully furnished with Shimano Dura ace .

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The eagle eyes ones amongst you will have noticed the mudgaurd eyes on each drop out which is quite unusual.

Another Falcon week

Well the first week of 2019 was another week of clocking up some more miles on my bargain priced Falcon Explorer .

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With another 60+ miles added to the total , I am still enjoying riding this very basic bike .

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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 .

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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 .

How far can you go on £12 ?

I reckon we would cover about 60 miles in our car on £12 of petrol at the current £1.16 per litre .

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So far I have covered about the same amount of miles on my recent Falcon Explorer 12 acquisition .

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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 .

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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 .

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This afternoon I have swapped the original tyres for some used Schwalbe Marathons and re greased the hubs .

 

Hercules Aston Tourist update

Since my original blog about this bike I have had a few stress filled moments whilst working on it .

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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 .

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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 .

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The other issue my local bike shop sorted by re-dishing the rear wheel so it sat central in the frame.

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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 .

A week later

In my last blog I wrote about my Dawes Debonair which I had just started doing some test miles on .

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Well I am happy to report that in total last week I covered a total of 103 miles on it .

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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 .

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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 .