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