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

26 Mar 2016: The great navigator…?

Went for a training ride from just south of Colchester to Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge. I used Cyclestreets to plan the route – it should have been 52 miles. I … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

27 Jun 2015: A century ride

Riding a hundred miles is something that most cyclists want to do at some time. I’ve never gone that far before in a single day’s ride, so it was time … Continue reading

June 28, 2015

12 Apr 2015: Nearly done!

Well, she’s now built up and nearly complete – 14 months early. I had thought it would take much longer to track down the right sort of old components and … Continue reading

April 12, 2015

1 Mar 2015: Action!

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

March 1, 2015

28 Aug 2014: the build begins…

I now have the heart of the bike that will take me from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. It is a 23″ frame, hand-built … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · Leave a comment