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 .
It has seen a degree of abuse and neglect since it rolled out of Decathlon .
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 .
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 .
So after a week of commuting and making some adjustments I thought it was time to give it a proper ride .
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 .
We had a lovely few days away in Blackpool recently
The pair of us love walking along seaside promenades and we don’t worry about the weather .
I bet most people come back with bags of rock and kiss me quick hats .
If the above statement is true then i am not one of those people because i bought back two rather different pieces of steel instead .
The blue one is what i believe to be a W P Newton frame with track style rear dropouts with the added bonus of brake holes front & rear making this a very useable frame indeed , the other one is a Paul Donohue Cougar made with Reynolds 853 with stunning paintwork .