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

Remarkable old blokes #2: Velocio

Paul de Vivie, who used the splendid nom de plume Vélocio, was born in 1853 in the Vaucluse department of south-east France. He was the great pioneer of French club … Continue reading

October 31, 2015

15 May 2015: The joy of cycling museums!

I’m very lucky – I have lots of opportunity to travel for work. I’m writing this in Italy, where I’ve made a detour to Florence to visit the Museo “Gino … Continue reading

May 15, 2015

28 Dec 2014: Gears – back to the drawing board…

This is what the geartrain now looks like. It’s a 4-speed 14-28 tooth freewheel with a narrow 3/32″ chain. I’ve had to admit that my attempts to get the Simplex … Continue reading

December 28, 2014

25 Oct 2014: more on gears…

Back from a long trip to Australia, and keen to make progress.  While away I managed to find gear components made by the French Simplex company. Simplex gears were popular … Continue reading

October 26, 2014