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

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

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 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

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