Category Archives: Restoration

What price for an old bike?

This morning as I was heading out for the day, a man about my age and very well dressed for professional work, called out to me and came running up the footpath, asking me where I got my bike from. … Continue reading

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1980s Bennett 10-Speed Restoration

This is the Bennett as it is now, it is not quite finished as you can see, but it will be some time till I can get the grips I want for it so I wanted to post some progress … Continue reading

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1980s Bennett 10 speed Restoration

Here’s the Bennett is its current state of restoration and partial reassembly. It is looking pretty good so far and I am hoping it will go well when I am finished! I’ve encountered a few obstacles along the way. I … Continue reading

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Restoring the Bennett – the highs and the lows

My restoration project is moving along quite nicely, but not without its hiccups, as can be expected with such a project. I used Brasso on the alloy parts with stunning results, here are the before pics (which I posted earlier) … Continue reading

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1980s Bennett restoration – the next step

I have begun the dismantling and clean up of the Bennett. It is the first time I have dismantled a bike this far and I am thoroughly enjoying the process of taking parts off it and cleaning, polishing and servicing … Continue reading

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Restoring a vintage rack

I have this old mousetrap style rack from a Malvern Star which I had intended to install on my Speedwell, as it is about the same vintage …However, once the Speedwell had new wheels and a Shimano hub fitted to … Continue reading

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A mixture of vintage and new: the Speedwell

I had my old Speedwell fitted with a few new parts so it would be a viable bike for ¬†everyday use. I really regretted its having to lose its old world look, but I reconciled myself to that and decided … Continue reading

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Riding the Bennett (even though it hasn’t been restored yet!)

Today was such a delightful day that when I was invited to a ride into town with a group of friends I naturally decided to go, and to ride the Bennett. The reason for this was to see how I … Continue reading

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1980s Bennett restoration

The Bennett in all its upturned-handlebars former glory ….See more pics of it on this post. Some lovely details are emerging on this Bennett as I am restoring it. The headbadge with brass rivets, which was painted over before, and … Continue reading

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Review of my Brooks saddle

I had thought that cyclists were doomed to suffer that odd combination of pain and numbness which can be the result of cycling any distance on the wrong saddle, followed by soreness in that area the next day. So I … Continue reading

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