Khs 14 aero Turbo

A couple of weeks ago on my local Gumtree website I spotted a rather nice looking Khs 14 Aero Turbo with a great retro paint job that sadly was missing the white stars .

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What I know about Khs bikes has always led me to keep an eye out for them when they become available as they always seem to ride well and be made well enough .

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This one lived up to my hopes and I happily paid the full asking price and loaded it in to our car to take it home .

It didn’t look like it needed an awful lot of work , ie Pump the tyres up and lift the seat post and quill stem up to suit my needs once these tasks were done it was time for a ride or two and I was far from disappointed in it .

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A couple of days-worth of commuting proved trouble free so I decided to take it on a couple of longer 15+ mile rides again these all went well , but they did show that ideally this 54cm sized frame was a bit on the small side for me and would either need a longer stem or a laid back seat post to make it suit me better .

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At the moment I have decided against doing either of the above as I have enough correct fitting bikes to use , so I currently have this up for sale if anybody is interested please contact me

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You Caad 8

Well i picked this lime green Cannondale up yesterday morning from a local seller who admitted he hadn’t really done more than 500 miles since buying it new in 2016 .

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Upon riding it home I noticed that the saddle needed to up a bit for me but decided against doing that till I had fitted one of my Selle Smp lite 209’s .

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Once home and with the Selle smp fitted I set about getting it ready for this morning’s ride .

 

After not a poor nights sleep I was up and out by 5.05 am with a route in mind that could be shortened at any point . First stop was along Pitsford Promenade where I raised the seat post another half an inch .

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Pitsford Promenade

I headed out through Brixworth ,Cottesbrooke ,Haselbeach , Arthingworth , Desborough ,Wilbarston where I made another seat post adjustment along with a gentle rotation of the flat bars . I pressed on to Pipewell , Rushton ,Kettering ,Pytchley and Little Harrowden before turning down the mad mile and home .

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Bike went well over the 47 miles just need to decide now whether to keep the flat bars or swap them over to the original drops.

Colnago Sport

A while back I received a forum message on one of the bike forums I visit from a gent in Ghana who had just picked up a Colnago frameset .

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And for whatever reason he asked me if I would like it , so after some thought I said yes depending on how we were going to get it from Ghana to the UK .

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He said that next time he came visiting he would bring it over as hand luggage . Well it all happened about 6 weeks ago.

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And once I saw it I was concerned about how tight on clearances it was . And decided that I would build it up soon as I could so I could ride it and make sure it rode well before deciding on a much needed frame refinish .

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Well I finished bolting parts to it earlier this week and have been using it for commuting for a couple of days to get a general feel for it and I was pleasantly surprised how it rode especially once I replaced the calipers.

 

After a total of 35 commuting miles I decided to use it on my Saturday early morning ride and covered 26 enjoyable miles at a good pace and apart from the drive side bottom bracket cup loosening itself it went well. Once home I used a fair degree of brute force to tighten it back up .

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Another 29 miles were covered this morning without any issues and I can honestly say that it handles well , is surefooted and soaks up the lumps and bumps well .  It’s a bike that I am looking forward to getting a few more miles on in the future.

 

Which way is best ?

me roads are so much better ridden in one direction than they are the other way .

The road that links the A509 at Wollaston and the B573 at Great Doddington is one of those roads .

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It’s known locally as Hardwater road and I prefer to ride it from Great Doddington rather than Woolaston and it’s not just because of the hill at the end .

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At the moment you can only drive or walk across one section as there was an incident where a truck destroyed the safety barriers going over the river nene .

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I rode along this road this morning on my Ian May and thoroughly enjoyed the ride even all the way to the top of the hill .

1950’s Dayton

Picked this bike and training device up a couple of months ago , I thought anything that has a Charter Lea crank can’t be all that bad

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 Well when I first saw it in the flesh I was a bit disappointed as I hadn’t noticed the awful Hammerited paintfinish that exdended to the wheel spokes as well !!

 

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 I made it rideable and did a 3 mile test ride on it and it rode quite nicely in all fairness , so I took the decision to get the frame stripped and re finished once I could find a local company that could do it for me .

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Well I picked it up yesterday from the bead blasters who look to have done a great job of removing all the various coats of paint that this Dayton Roadmaster has had applied over its Amalgam tubes .

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Next journey is to drop it off at local coating firm and see what colour they are offering to do it in for me .

 

2018 update

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1955 Rotrax outside Hannington Hall

It’s been a while since I have posted anything for various reasons .

But the good news I am still buying, selling , tinkering and riding retro bikes .

So i thought i would share some pictures of one of my latest bikes , it’s a 1955 Rotrax bike that was previously owned by a lady rider from the Southampton / Portsmouth area and used this bike for time trialing etc etc . I was told that at some point it was refinished by Rotrax and then rebuilt but sadly it hadn’t been used since this refinish .

I have always wanted a Rotrax for ages mainly due to the stories that my mother always tells about her pink Rotrax that she use to ride on all those years ago .

Its got some slight later bits on but the calipers and hubs are all from the correct period other parts are more later additions .

 

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Perks of a nice bike

i have wanted to try a good old fashioned steel framed road bike fitted with more modern equipment than I am used to for a while, I have even thought about updating my Ian May with a set of sti’s and modern calipers and a few more gears to play with .

 

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Ian May

 

As soon as I saw this John Perks road bike advertised I thought that it hit all the buttons I was looking for , i.e. steel framed , modernish componentry , nice looking  and it was a great colour with the bonus of some good condition chromed features . The only downside was the fact that it was over an hour and half away from home .

 

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Perks

After a bit of thinking and contacting the owner with a couple of simple questions about the bike  , I decided I would make the effort to go and have a look .

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Perks

 

Once the bike was wheeled out of the garage and into the daylight , it became apparent  that the bike had not been used for a couple of years at least with the amount of dust and cobwebs hanging from the wheel spokes . A good look confirmed that a good wipe around with a baby wipe the dust and cobwebs would be gone and a bit of chrome cleaner would get the chromed rear stay and fork crown nice and shiny along with the chromed front and rear drop outs .

 

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Perks

 Once the saddle was lifted up to suit me I jumped on and coasted down the sellers driveway and went for a couple of laps of the cul de sac as I still believe a lot can be learnt from a short road test . A few flicks of the campagnolo sti units had both mechanisms moving the chain on to any of the 27 available gears which was nice to see and the a quick pull on the brake lever blades provided a degree of stopping power as well . A price was quickly agreed with the said bike loaded into the car and the return journey was made trouble free.

 

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Perks

 The next morning I checked the basics i.e. tyre pressures , saddle height , handlebar position , cable runs and brake operation then went for a trundle around the block a few times before returning home and getting the wet wipes out to start removing the dust and cobwebs . Once the layers of dust were removed the paintwork had a lot more sparkle to it as did the other components. I also took this opportunity to have a good look around it and take in some of the details that I hadn’t fully noticed when viewing the bike .

 

 

It’s framework is Reynolds 531 competition tubing and was made by John Perks approx. 15 years ago to the original owners specification and was to be his winter bike hence why it’s got guards fitted front and rear. It was also equipped with a  3 x 9 campagnolo gear set up with matching brake calipers and wheel hubs that were laced on a pair of nice Mavic sup rims . The paintwork is very tidy indeed with just a few little blemishes that look to have been touched up rather than left to the elements .Overall the bike seems to have been well looked after over the years , I just wish they could talk and tell stories about what they have done in the past .

 

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Perks

 

After a couple of days of gentle commuting I decided it was time for a few more miles so I did a couple of pre work 15 mile rides to make an assessment re fit and comfort level.  It soon became apparent that I needed to either swap the stem or move the saddle forward a small amount which seemed the easier option as I was due to fit one of my regular selle smp saddles to it before going further afield . Once the saddle was fitted and adjusted on the rails to give a nice line of sight through the front axle it was time for longer rides .

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Perks

So far I have covered over 200 miles on this great bike and have really enjoyed using it , and so far it has not let me down . It’s surprisingly agile at times and offers a very relaxed ride under normal conditions but I must admit to achieving 24 mph on the flat at one point whilst I was out on it Sunday and it all seemed to be very controlled and easily done