A lot of people seem to run scared at the thought of owning or riding a Viscount because of the death fork tales of these classic bikes .
When a good friend of mine in France asked me about buying this last year as it was a bit big for him I jumped at the chance of doing so .
Over the last week I have been doing some test ride’s on it along with a few running adjustments and fine tuning . It’s mostly original apart from the rear wheel with nice clean paintwork and age related patina .
I like the design of the stronglight SX chainset and the Shimano crane derailleurs that control the 10 gears .
All in all I rather like riding this retro road bike it’s just a shame that the Viscount name went the way of so many other bike manufacturers .
This model has the aerospace tubing so it’s a nice lightweight machine especially when paired with the original alloy forks . Even the non aerospace tubed models ride well if you ask .
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 made the decision to convert my alleged 1950 Dunelt to fixed gear a couple of weeks ago .
Running a 48 X 18 fixed gear set up at the moment which so far on testing has seemed just about right. It is still running on 27″ wheels and center pull calipers .
Over the years this machine has run various set ups .
It was used quite a bit in 2018 with a 1 X 6 speed set up .
It originally came to me quite a few years ago hand painted and I used it in that guise for quite a while . Before stripping off all the components and having it powder coated a nice bright orange colour .
Once it was powder coated I sold the frameset and then 3 years ago bought it back still unbuilt with all the masking tape still in place .
I am looking forward to getting some winter miles in on this machine .