I have now fitted the wheels and mudguards, chainset, pedals and grips. The “new” vintage chain had many tight links from storage which had to be loosened by hand. I soaked it in kerosene and turned each link till it freed, then dried it. It was then lubricated in “linklyfe” which is a thin grease in a pan that is heated on a stove or burner. The chain sinks into it as it melts into a thin liquid that penetrates the links, is then removed, hung up and allowed to cool before fitting – it’s good for motor cycle chains too.
Finally I took it for a tentative spin … the coaster brake is very gradual, so I hope that there is some further improvement as it beds in again ( but I doubt it ! ). I also think that I will need to replace the pedals after all, but they will do for now. I won’t be adding accessories to it as the light weight is a big advantage for a single speed in a hilly area. It feels compact , much smaller and shorter than my Gazelle. The frame measures 22″ ( 56cm ) from BB centre to seat tube top. The Gazelle is a 57cm.
I’m happy with the looks, it’s the nostalgic effect that I wanted for this Australian classic —– so, here are some more photos for you, and a ride report will come later :