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The blue original guards have been replaced by a pair of black “sovereign” ones and in all fairness I think they look great.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.

J F Wilson

This J F Wilson arrived a couple of weeks ago .

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For an unknown reason other than the 90’s retro paint job soon as I saw it I wanted it .

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Not sure what the proper term is but I love the webbed style lugs .

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My first ride was not a disappointment either which is always a good sign even though it only lasted 300 yards before both tyres had lost 90 psi .

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So far a lot of my leisure rides have been done on this fine beast .

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J F Wilson are still going strong in Sheffield and have provided a lot of the original frame build specification .

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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Royal arrival

Last weekend saw the arrival of a nice original Raleigh Royal .

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Over the years I have seen a few of these go through my hands . And I think it is fair to say that this one is the tidiest one so far.

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They are almost as iconic as a Dawes Galaxy as a touring bike .  With the advantage of not being so expensive to buy .

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With the classy box lining detail and Reynolds 531 tubing it all adds up to a nice bike that performs very well.

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Raleigh branded mechanisms front and rear mated to Suntour power shifters allows for nice easy gear changes once you remember that the front one works in the opposite direction .

 

All in all another great British built bike from a bygone era. IMG_20190323_074922_791