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

1 Mar 2015: Action!

After ages messing about with the spacing of the hub and freewheel, I think I’ve managed to get the chainline more or less right, so that the drivetrain now works (sort of…).

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And to prove it, here’s our first outing on the road. Just a few hundred metres, but it’s another bit of progress.

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She is a lovely bike, with a lively frame, but it’s going to take a while for me to get used once again to a gear lever on the downtube and pedals with toeclips and straps.

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But the biggest challenge is shifting the chain between the two front chainrings, using the Simplex Competition rod changer. It’s a very long way to reach down to get to the lever, which is also quite far back. I found it hard to keep control of the bike – and almost impossible to avoid a horrible grating noise when the chain shifts. That’s why they were called “clangers”.

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