Category Archives: Vintage bikes

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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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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Seen at the Smart Energy Expo today

This bike caught my eye as I could see from the distance that it was a vintage model, then on closer inspection I saw that it had this very cute sticker on it ……. changing its name from Repco to … Continue reading

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Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub problems

I previously wrote about the problems with my Shimano 3-speed hub here and here. I recently had the shifter mechanism replaced for my Nexus 3-speed and still I cannot get first gear. There have been some improvements however as a result of this change. … Continue reading

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Another restoration project: a 1980s Bennett

I had been thinking it would be great to have a road bike to take out on faster rides, such as when I ride Fernleigh. I used to have a road bike when I did triathlons many years ago and … Continue reading

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Malvern Star Wisp

Seen in Newcastle today, and this one looks as though it is all original. A quick look on eBay tells me there are a few of them around, they date back to the 80s, have 10 speeds and now sell … Continue reading

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Vintage Peugeot mixte: the next step

We asked The New Recyclist to look at the Peugeot mixte for his opinions on what needed doing to it, due to his expertise in all things regarding vintage bicycling and restoration and his interest in this particular project. We all … Continue reading

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