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

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

27 Dec 2014: Luggage…

Weight is the enemy… It would be hard work struggling up steep hills on a heavily-laden bike with 1950s-vintage gearing, so it will be important to take the bare minimum … Continue reading

December 27, 2014

29 Nov 2014: Steering and brakes

I now have a pair of GB “Coureur” brakes in place. They are side-pull lightweight brake calipers, designed primarily for racing bikes. Not as effective as the French centre-pull brakes … Continue reading

November 29, 2014

25 Nov 2014: Progress!

Quite a bit of progress to report.. The bike now has a beautiful hard leather “Swallow” saddle made by Lycett in the 1950s. Lycett was one of the early competitors … Continue reading

November 29, 2014

2 Nov 2014: The other bike….

Our plan is for Eric to make the ride on an old hand-built bike too. My earliest surviving bike is a tourer bought from Mosquito Bikes in Upper Street Islington … Continue reading

November 9, 2014

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

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