Viscount aerospace

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 .

You think you struggle with sti units

So let’s be honest and admit that we all struggle from time to time when operating sti units .

I seem to have the biggest issue when swapping between bikes fitted with downtube lever’s and more modern equipped bikes .

Well this pony was certainly interested when I stopped at the gate to the field it was in .

I must admit I was slightly worried if it was going to take a chomp on them at one point but instead the horse left a nice slobbery mess over the left one .

Thankfully no horses or sti units were harmed in taking these pictures .

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 .

Dunelt reinvented

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 .

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 .

Sight’s seen on today’s ride.

IMG_20190601_055052917

These ornate gate’s are one of my favourite set’s of gates I see on my various rides .

IMG_20190601_061724913

I also saw this very faint stonemasons circle on St James the Strong Church.

IMG_20190601_063840727

I have often thought about going up to Gayhurst and I was not disappointed at all .

IMG_20190601_065206040_BURST000_COVER_TOP

These cow’s seemed quite happy to see my and my Hardisty .