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 .
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 .