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Novocastrians, don’t forget the Spring Ride this Sunday commencing from Nobbys. A very safe and easy route followed by breakfast . Check out “Bicycles in Newcastle” – ( see blogroll right hand side ) for details.

This little red bike won’t be ready in time though, it’s a Wooly’s Wheels mixte ( apparently there is still a Wooly’s Wheels bike shop in Paddington ). It was a very cheap buy that I considered worth the price just for the anodised alloy 27″ Araya rims, the Suzue “sealed tech” hubs in good nick, the 52/36T “Custom” compact chainset and long cage Shimano rear derailleur. I will use them to convert one of my other bikes to a ‘semi-tourer’ and fit a simpler gear to this one.

The KKT pro vic II pedals will be worth servicing too. The chain set has a fixed big ring, so it isn’t great, but it looks reasonably light .

56cm seat tube but short head tube means smaller riders than i will fit well

56cm seat tube but short head tube means a long stem or forward lean…

The tubing is Tange 5 – which is a plain gauge  (PG)  Cr-Mo by the looks of it. At least it has 100mm wide fork dropouts though the rear are 126mm not 130mm.

seamless cromo ... not butted

seamless cromo … not butted

still the address ?

still the address ?

also some nice kkt pro vic II alloy pedals in good condition

 some nice kkt pro vic II alloy pedals in good serviceable condition

a reasonable and  practical compact 52/36T chain set

a reasonable and practical compact 52/36T chain set

See you Newcastle folk on Sunday !

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Nah, that’s too much of a mouthful for me, thanks…and there’s others doing politics better than I could anyway. How about :

nikon j1 shot

nikon j1 shot

Pink Mixte Revisited :

It’s been a while, so what do I like about this refurbished and modified ex-ten-speed mixte ?

i use the small ring with derailleur remowed

i use the small ring with derailleur removed

165mm cranks : These originals are rather good for basic swaged alloy cranks plus steel chain rings, and I was reading a while ago how shorter cranks can be more comfortable on a road bike ( i.e. leaning forward ) as your legs are not pushing on your chest  ( or chin ! ) at the top of the stroke.

I think it’s true – motorcycle and car engines designed to rev freely tend to have a shorter stroke too. Any loss of leverage from the shorter crank can be offset with lower gearing. While this isn’t a fast bike it has made me think about using shorter cranks more often.

3s

3s

Hub Gears : The old Shimano “3s” is a good hub in my opinion. Note – this is not quite the same hub as the old “333” model. The Shimano freewheel click doesn’t sound as nice as the Sturmey Archer AW, but it is a lot less clunky in operation and is easier to change gears without back pedalling. My tip for 3-speed gearing is to use an approximately 2:1 drive ratio, e.g. – 40T or 42T x 20T, as this gives a decent low gear while top is still high enough for this cruisey style of bike. Second is on the low side of neutral and handy for small inclines and headwinds. Some might prefer the original derailleurs, but the internal gears make for a more relaxed ride.

union bottle

union bottle

& bright

& bright

Dynamo Lighting : The Union bottle set works well, except that the low position of the headlight above the guard means that the beam is angled too high to be really useful. I prefer a dynohub, but these work fine, if a little noisier.

curvy mo'

curvy mo’

Moustache Bars : These are great, particularly with the reverse levers. You can sit up with your hands right back on the bars for cruising, or lean further forward and still reach the brakes  with your little fingers. You can use the “hooks” for a further lean forward and slide hands back to brake. Very comfortable ! The originals were narrow steel randonneur style bars.

b17 flyer & alloy post

b17 flyer & alloy post

Micro-adjust alloy seat post :  I much prefer these to the seat pin and clip style, but the range of diameters on old bikes is enormous, from 25.4 to 27.2 and beyond with 0.2mm steps, so the one you want is not always readily available. This one is 25.8, and 25.6 is common also. You need the exact diameter for these ( unless you want to try a frustrating shimming exercise – highly-not-recommended ! )

Sprung Saddle : Hi-tensile ( 1020 & 1021 ) steel frames like this one have a reputation for harshness in the ride. Better quality steels like Reynolds, Columbus, Tange etc. tend to have a “springiness” that gives a lively yet comfortable ride.  A sprung saddle is a good antidote for hi-tensile, and the Brooks Flyer on this bike is a good match for the range of “moderate” ride position here –  i.e. not too upright and not too much forward lean either.

The bike has a shortish wheelbase and turns well, but there is toe overlap on the V.O. guards, partly due to the extended stay bolt right where the toe crosses the guard on slow turns – ah, well. The Velo Orange hammered alloy guards are light and look great, but will damage fairly easily if the bike is knocked over. It’s not the lightest bike around either – it has steel rims and stem – but is still only moderately heavy.

The original pink paint is thankfully kind of tatty and slightly dull – and so far I haven’t copped any flack for riding a pink bike – maybe it’s the night riding…

belmont by night

belmont by night

Happy Person-who-rides-a-bikeling !

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ahhh, green again...

ahhh, going green again…

Everything’s gone green again after days of rain, courtesy of the leftovers from tropical cyclone Oswald up north. I’m riding around on the pink “turbo” mixte to check out the effects …

at swansea heads

wild and moody – at swansea heads

back from the beach

back from the beach

 

alternative header shot, marks point

alternative header shot, marks point

Feeling mellow, so let’s change the blog header…

Here’s some recent bike miscellany :

rat-bike, belmont

loop framed rat-bike, belmont

cecil basks in the previous week's heat

cecil basks in the previous week’s heat

cecil at stockton

cecil at stockton

in the tunnel

in the tunnel

Happy Riding !

 

 

 

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Well, actually, not yet, ’cause I haven’t really ridden it properly, I just couldn’t resist the pun …

swoopy, huh ?

swoopy, huh ?

I probably could have / should have re-painted this one while I was at it, as it’s not really collectable, but then I would have used a different colour, wouldn’t I ? And spoil the overall pink effect, probably …

The bike has been overhauled as a 3-speed, using my well worn Shimano 3s hub and somewhat battered Araya rim, because Cecil stole the 5-speed for himself, so let’s see what we can make of the remains.

These are the other parts alterations :

half a "mo", guv

half a “mo”, guv

Tange moustache bars with reverse Dia Compe levers replace the original randonneur style drop bars. I used Berthoud leather bar tape with twined end supports ( more about that in another post ). Plenty of hand position options without the deeper drop, and I had already bought the levers and bars for a different bike restoration that didn’t work out. I’m really not a great fan of road drop bars, sorry to say.

hands free ...

hands free …

Velo Orange hammered alloy guards (fenders). These come with lots of fitting parts, and are reasonably easy to install.  Extra washer spacers were used to fit the 3-speed hub to this 125mm OLD frame.

the brooks "champion flyer" is simply a sprung b17

the brooks “champion flyer” is simply a sprung b17 saddle

Longer 25.8 mm alloy micro style seat post with Brooks sprung B17 “Flyer” saddle – I’m collecting quite a few Brooks now – they are surely the best saddles of all – in my humble opinion, at least.  The pedals from my Gazelle may be temporary ( I replaced them with MKS3000r a while back).

my diy head badge

my diy head badge

Everything has been dismantled cleaned and re-greased, the new chain is 1/8″ single speed, running on the smaller 42T front cog with a 20T rear cog. I’ll be keeping the large front cog just in case it doesn’t stay this way forever. And new cables too, I also had to shorten the hub gear inner cable to fit the frame design. The trigger and bell are on the quill stem to free up the handlebars.

pink flash

pink flash

OK, so who wants a ride then ?

it's too hot to ride now

but it’s too hot to ride now…

See Ya !

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welcome to the machine …

Hmm, Is it Mink Pixty or Pink Mixte ? This one is another “Leisure Cycles” special with a brand name “Turbo”…. pttht, thank goodness, the lettering has almost worn off the frame ! This came from a second hand shop along with the Elswick, I couldn’t help myself …

hey, pink thing …

Nevertheless, it has “Road King” like commuter possibilities and reasonable Shimano running gear, a step up from the SunRace mechs. on the RK. The wheels are 27″ steel and it sports a neat German made “Union” brand generator light set that works really well, i.e. it’s bright and lightweight. The bike is quite rideable as is, but needs a clean, grease, adjustments and a general tidy up. The cranks are cotterless square tapered alloy ones, again an improvement on the ( trusty but slightly clunky ) Road King.

shimano alloy brake and union bottle dynamo

The steel rams-horn like drop bars are relatively comfortable, shallow and a narrow shape, and have a slight turn up from the stem giving them a bit more useful height

a businesslike old school headlamp , and pink has fairly ornate head lugs too

One interesting feature is the 120mm O.L.D. width rear axle and dropouts, the same as my Cecil Walker !!!  I knew that 2-prong Suntour freewheel remover would get more use, and it has !

mmm … friction stem shifters too

Seriously, these wheels are all steel and not exactly suited to that lightweight racer, Cecil, as he weighs about as much all up as just the two of these wheels – but it’s got me thinking, and that’s a worry …

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