I am on the upward side of an early in the season cold and cough, but before it struck in full force, I got the long-awaited front brake fitted to my Speedwell, intended as a safety net in the event of my chain falling off. I like how it looks, and performs, on the bike, and I feel much safer now, having had the chain fall off a couple of times.
It’s not a high end component, but it is nice and shiny and it has been adjusted so that I will not send myself over the handlebars if I squeeze it too tightly. The frame had to be drilled slightly to allow it to be fitted. I’ve found it to be useful for when I stop at lights and am on a downward slope, I don’t have to jump off the bike to reach the final standstill. My shoe leather will thank me.
While the bike was in for this work, the French bike mechanic also fixed the squeak in the cranks. I don’t know what he did, it was sort of lost in translation, but now it pedals like a new bike. And all this work and parts for only $30, a bargain! He also said he can fit a piece to the back wheel so the chain will not come loose again. It will be just like new again!