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Brooks B67S saddle for the Speedwell

After being advised by one reader, Peter, that getting a wider, sprung Brooks saddle for the Speedwell and swapping the B17 currently on it over to the Bennett would work well, it dawned on me that this made a lot … Continue reading

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Shimano shifter problems

I have written before about the problems I had with my Shimano 3 speed shifter and also the later problems with the hub which was ultimately replaced under warranty. Once that happened everything worked perfectly and I have even resumed using … Continue reading

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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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Bicycle bells

There is nothing like the lovely sustained ring of a brass bike bell, and my copper one, shown above, is no exception to this. I also love its coppery colour, which has weathered very well and requires no polishing to … 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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Bicycles as decor

Not having a garage and living in an older home, the storage of the bikes is always a bit of a dilemma. But the front room of our house has a disused doorway which makes it an ideal place for … 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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