Category Archives: Speedwell

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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Cyclists around Newcastle this week

We’ve had some superb weather this week, just the weather for cycling, and yesterday especially, with cyclists everywhere, along with freshly cut grass, it felt more like summer than late autumn … In my short ride from Adamstown along Raspberry … Continue reading

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Some vintage bike love around Newcastle lately

First cabs off the rank – two Malvern Star mixtes. I was not aware that Malvern Star made mixtes, but I have seen two of them in the past week, this green one outside Maurice’s, which appears to be for … 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 Speedwell – Brownie 24

Imagine my delight at seeing this tiny Speedwell in Newcastle mall today. The wheels are 24″, making it a very small bike, though you cannot really tell that from these photos.The decals and pnstriping are all in excellent condition, the … Continue reading

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A cable problem

I have referred to a problem I have had with my new three gear Shimano Nexus hub and the adjustments of it which are currently denying me use of all the gears. It appears that my basket is interfering with … Continue reading

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Upgrading my Speedwell (circa 1955): Ride report

I have had a few rides on my Speedwell since it was upgraded with a Shimano Nexus 3 speed hub with coaster brake, hybrid alloy wheels and Michelin Tracker reflective tyres, and I have to say that it is a … Continue reading

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Upgrading my Speedwell

I have alluded in earlier posts to an upgrade of my circa 1955 Speedwell. This has now been done. I decided that the brakes, being inadequate in some conditions and being inclined to overheat on hot days when travelling downhill, … Continue reading

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