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    This is mad




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    Been buying again, can’t help myself...

    I was watching a Raleigh Stowaway on eBay that was near Newark, besides it being local it is in mint condition but more than I wanted to pay. The seller sent me a considerable discounted offer that I couldn’t pass up.
    It’s in Eroica condition, chrome gleaming, decals intact, zero rust.

    Whilst I was there he pulled out a Coventry Eagle step-thru in a deep wine red colour. How much? Twenty quid. Yeah I’ll take that as well.
    That one is more of a rat bike, lots of patina, I’m thinking of giving it a good polish wit t-cut then going over it with clear coat. There’s a thing at the moment about ‘locking in the bikes history’ with that method, yeah I know before anyone says anymore.
    Not enough value in that one to go any further but it’s cool enough for a light restoration.

    Just need some decent weather and a few spare days to get on that one. Got a few others to do as well.


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    Think you’re gonna need a bigger shed.

    „I believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialism“

    „Don't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.”

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    Here is the Stowaway, really happy with this. The Brooks saddle is a bit noisy but beyond that it needs no attention.

    AF4E6CDD-B88E-45CE-A193-892EF69CBF8B by Franco_AC, on Flickr


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    Great to stretch the legs on a beautiful spring day. Three of us legged it up to Parbold Hill. Not a big climb with the summit at approx 400ft - a gentle incline from here by the river at 80ft above sea level but the last mile is about 6%. A good stretch for the first proper trip out. Good cruise down into the West Lancs plain for a fast finish along the East Lancs Road

    EXACT SAME BENEFITS

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    Lates 70s advertising...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    Lates 70s advertising...
    Love seeing old ads like these.

    Funny how things are different in hindsight, seem to recall the Raleigh Grifter being expensive but then, what was the average weekly wage in the late 1970’s?


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    1979 it was about £100/week


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    1979 it was about £100/week
    Aye, I googled it just after I asked.
    Suppose the best part of a weeks wages is about relevant to today’s average bike.

    In other bike news I made progress on the Coventry Eagle rat bike today. About dismantled except for the forks, going to service the bearings on the BB as well. Sourced a new front wheel for a tenner, already got stuff like tyres, cables, grips etc lying around.
    A bit pissed about the corrosion on the chrome dipped forks but the rest of it is quite hipster.


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    This guy has recently started posting videos on YouTube, some cool stuff. His approach is a bit like mine, shit hung off the washing line for painting, not got the best tools either but enough to do the job.

    That BSA crank is a thing of beauty!



    Last edited by Bryn Gunn; 02-04-21 at 22:11.

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    Big sale at Siroko for those that do. Have one or two bits from there and the quality is good:

    https://www.siroko.com/collections/cycling


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    Been working on the Coventry Eagle today, bearings done, cleaned down, rust treated, frame clear coated.

    Bit gutted the chrome on the forks couldn’t be saved and I’m not impressed with spraying them silver either but it’s all I had lying around. I’m yet to read a good review on chrome spray paint so didn’t want to pay for something that probably won’t look much better.

    Should make a decent rat bike anyway

    65CE91CF-FC1F-4F9A-80C5-5695679CE56F by Franco_AC, on Flickr


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    The hideous silver paint actually matches the alloy stem and bars, I might just get away with that one

    BB8B3468-2930-4EA1-A836-19F922E2D30E by Franco_AC, on Flickr


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    Perfect morning for it today - still, bright and quiet. Only temporarily spoiled by Q3 hanging off my tail for a mile or so through winding lanes. Oddly reassuring that Audi drivers are still c**ts. Thus, doing their bit to maintain the fine universal balance.


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    God I love tubeless.

    Got a massive thorn twig stuck in my tyre today, of course it was at the furthest point from home, but just pulled it out, started riding again - sorted. I must have lost about 5psi.


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    This stuff is a quid in Poundland, I don’t expect it will be as good as Muc-off but worth a go at that price.




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    Collecting this evening...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    This stuff is a quid in Poundland, I don’t expect it will be as good as Muc-off but worth a go at that price.

    I've just had some more pro-clean delivered.it was £20 for 6 litres, one1 litre spray bottle and a 5 litre bottle. It's the best stuff I've used including muc-off, rhino goo and several others I've since forgot about. Obviously it's motorbike both off and on road derived but I used it on my pushbike to good effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    I've just had some more pro-clean delivered.it was £20 for 6 litres, one1 litre spray bottle and a 5 litre bottle. It's the best stuff I've used including muc-off, rhino goo and several others I've since forgot about. Obviously it's motorbike both off and on road derived but I used it on my pushbike to good effect.
    Sounds a good deal Andy, does it degrease well?
    The bottle I posted up didn’t touch old grease and oil, mind you it had 43 years worth on it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Sounds a good deal Andy, does it degrease well?
    The bottle I posted up didn’t touch old grease and oil, mind you it had 43 years worth on it!
    It isn't to bad on light stuff, chain oil and the like but if I need to properly degrease old stuff I use the WD40 stuff in a can or similar.

    I've even got some strong Alkali based stuff that we used in our professional kitchens, that stuff is the nuts but not safe on Ali so I barely use it, you have to wear gloves otherwise it fucks your skin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    It isn't to bad on light stuff, chain oil and the like but if I need to properly degrease old stuff I use the WD40 stuff in a can or similar.

    I've even got some strong Alkali based stuff that we used in our professional kitchens, that stuff is the nuts but not safe on Ali so I barely use it, you have to wear gloves otherwise it fucks your skin.
    Same mate, I use a dedicated degreaser now, I tried soaking some parts in white spirits but it was slow working and stunk.


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    Well the Moustache got home safely, even negotiated a Guardia Civil roadblock, obviously not looking for 2 grey haired pensioners.
    Weather forecast for the next few days, rain. Guess it will be staying indoors for a bit.


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    Ok all you bike experts, what is this? About 2" longest dimension, made of plastic, got one with both mine and the wife's new electric bikes. Nothing that I can find in any of the literature about it.

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    And another question, when did the front brake lever move to the left side?


 

 

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