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 .

53 Cougar miles

Longest ride to date on my recently acquired Paul Donahue built Cougar .

Reynolds 853 frame with a wicked paint job. I could look at the paint job all day long .

I decided to use this bike over my J F Wilson today for no real reason.

Both have straight forks and both want to be ridden .

If this is to be a keeper then I need to swap the stem for a shorter one but that will be only change .

The Mistral has blown in

I picked up a much adapted Holdsworth last week as it’s previous elderly owner had finally hung up his cycling jersey .

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He had swapped the drop bars for a set of flats , replaced the original crankset for an mtb inspired triple item along with matching Shimano sis thumb operated gear shifters and mechanisms .

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The only change I have made was to replace the steel rimmed wheels for a set of alloy rimmed ones with new tyres . I also cleaned and lubed the chain as it looked like it needed doing and fitted one of my selle smp saddles .

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The only other thing I have done is to use it for about 60 miles in its first week it has done a mixture of daily commutes and a nice Saturday morning pleasure ride .

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Ribble Audax bar swap

I picked up this very lightly used Ribble a few weeks back . The previous owner claimed to have only used it for about 100 miles .

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As you can see it had originally been built with flat bars and brifters that only allowed 12 of the 14 gears to be selected due to a mismatch of components , I tried to sort this but couldn’t find those extra pair of gears .

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Whilst trying it out a couple of other issues became apparent , it’s front caliper Allen key bolt was only just reaching the caliper threads and the headset spacer arrangement wasn’t tensioning the headset bearings .

Once this pair of issues was sorted I decided to swap the flat bars for a set of drops. First job was to replace the original rear wheel and fit a new 8 speed cassette and a set of NOS Claris sti units .

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I had initially fitted a riser stem but soon swapped that out for a flat one . and started to cable up the gears and brakes .

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After a bit of setting up it was time for some test miles to see what it felt like . All was good so next job is to fit the matching fr wheel and to sort out the squeaky fr mudguard .

Then once I am happy with everything I can finish it off with some new bar tape .

 

Triban 500 refresh

I Picked  up this Triban 500 up a few weeks ago .

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It has seen a degree of abuse and neglect since it rolled out of Decathlon .

 

 

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Overall it wasn’t in too bad a condition and just needed a refresh .

 

First job was to lose the odd and incorrect wheels and replace them with a better set I had lying around .

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Next job was to replace the chain and cassette as the chain registered over 75% wear .

 

I than gave it some miles to find any other faults  .  First one that came to light was that after anything more than a mile the saddle would start to move on its clamp , next up was to replace the brake pads as they were getting a bit thin , and then there was a bit of tidying up of the headset spacer arrangement by losing the lower clamp and fitting a couple of wider washers rather that the multiple narrow ones .

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So after a week of commuting and making some adjustments I thought it was time to give it a proper ride .

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Only a total of 35 miles but they were all very nice ones which the bike behaved well and did everything it was asked to do without any issues .