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

23 Dec 2016: Time to think about Eroica!

In the deep mid-winter… it’s time to think about June and the delight that is Eroica Britannia. This is a 3-day festival (June 16-18th) devoted to vintage bikes, based this … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

14 Jun 2015: The joys of research

I came across some old cycling magazines from the 1940s and 50s and hoped to find some ideas about components for the restoration of my reserve bike: the 1942 Claud … Continue reading

June 14, 2015

12 Apr 2015: Our first test – Eroica Britannia

The Ellis-Briggs will face her first serious test in June, at the Eroica Britannia – a wonderful festival for vintage (pre-1987) bikes, held in Bakewell Derbyshire. There are three routes … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

8 Feb 2015: The first ride…

… of at least 20 metres! Well, I put tyres on the wheel rims and, after an age fiddling around with spacers, managed to get the back wheel centred, and … Continue reading

February 8, 2015

26 Jan 2016: Wheels!

The wheels are a worry – if one breaks catastrophically on a fast descent, I’ll be in deep trouble. The problem is that 65 year-old rims and hubs were poorly … Continue reading

January 26, 2015

21st Sep 2014: a start on the wheels …

A pair of Airlite large-flange hubs has arrived. They were produced by the British Hub Company, which was in business in Birmingham from 1904 into the 1960s. The Airlite was … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 1 Comment