Old Bloke On An Old Bike

The story of the restoration of a 1950s classic bicycle for a Land's End – John O'Groats charity ride in aid of Alzheimer's Society

25 Nov 2014: Progress!

Quite a bit of progress to report..

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The bike now has a beautiful hard leather “Swallow” saddle made by Lycett in the 1950s. Lycett was one of the early competitors of – and was eventually absorbed by – the well-known Brooks Company. The saddle is well-worn and in very good condition, but it’s adapted to the shape of someone else’s rear end! So I’ll have to break it in…

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The double chainset is now in place – French Stronglight steel cranks married to alloy 30- and 48-tooth “Cyclotouriste” chainrings made by another French company, TA. Installing the cranks was a hellish job – they’re fixed onto the bottom bracket axle by cotter pins which had to be filed to the right sloping profile and then pressed into place using a powerful clamp. But it worked eventually and the cranks now run beautifully on nice smooth bearings.

Gear changing at the front will be done with the awkward Simplex “Competition” shifter. I haven’t yet got this working properly, and I don’t think I’ve yet got a definitive plan for the gearing.

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