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Bicycles - Gone . .

. . but not forgotten - excluding another 3 or 4 frames that have come and gone



Dawes Audax Giro 600

A 1998 machine purchased in December 2011 - it had not been ridden since about 2003 and was in almost mint condition, complete with Carradice Nelson Longflap saddle-bag.  I couldn't get on with the STi lever/shifters and replaced them with bar-end changers and aero brake-levers - as well as fitting new 25mm tyres to replace the original 32s and a different saddle.  A Brooks B17 saddle has now been fitted.
The machine is a joy to ride and has precipitated changes to my choice of regular Wednesday club run machine.

Picture, as purchased [I originally bought the machine on behalf of a friend, he decided he didn't want it so I bought it from him]  

September 2013 - sold ... to part fund something rather special

 
Geoffrey Butler - Track Bike

Aluminium frame, carbon forks, deep drop bars and 165mm cranks - ready to ride the boards.  Having been bitten by the track riding bug I acquired this machine as a set of parts to assemble - I just had to add the pedals.

Picture : October 2008 - as purchased, roughly assembled.
Now rebuilt with new tyres, bar tape and a blue chain!

After about a dozen track outings which were great fun I decided I was never going to be as good as Sir Chris Hoy so sold the machine in October 2011.

 
Flying Gate

The Flying Gate (1982, custom-built by Trevor Jarvis) is an unconventional bike with a vertical seat tube, built with Reynolds 531 tubing and fork-blades. 

It was acquired in November 2009 when it had a hybrid 5-speed Sturmey Archer hub gear with 2 sprockets and a derailleur - making 10 gears. It has now been powder coated with a purple lacquer finish and rebuilt with a mixture of new and recycled parts.  Photograph : October 2010 following its maiden outing

July 2011 : Frame & forks sold to another bicycle enthusiast.

 
Peugeot Triathlon

Purchased from eBay, rebuilt with new wheels, braking and transmission components. In very good, original condition as bought - light, responsive frame in 501 tubing with chromed forks - identical to the other Peugeot (now sold), except that the frame is bigger.

UPDATE: January 2009, frame and forks powder coated (Ferrari red with metallic gunmetal grey front forks), ready to be rebuilt. March 2009 - rebuilt.  Picture: March 2009 - ready to ride

January 2014 - frame & forks sold.

 
Dawes Jack - Folder

Dawes badged, Dahon built, 20" wheel folding bike. 

Purchased s/h in as new condition in September 2012, complete with carrying bag - and now fitted with a better saddle.

Sold in March 2014

 
Dawes Ace - Folder

2014 Dawes badged, Dahon built, 20" wheel folding bike.

Purchased s/h in as new condition in late 2014, complete with carrying bag.   Hub dynamo front lamp, rear carrier with battery lamp, finished in black.

Now fitted with faster-rolling tyres and a better saddle - with an exceedingly clever seatpost that doubles for duty as a track-pump - as well as having a custom-made ultra-lightweight nylon cover that packs away to nothing, for use when taking the machine on trains or buses.

UPDATE May 2015 : Now fitted with single-sided SPD pedals to replace the original folding pedals.  The compact SPDs make hardly any difference to the overall width when folded.

This machine replaced the Dawes Jack folder - the Ace is a higher specification model, and has the hub dynamo lighting.

SOLD in August 2015 - replaced by the Brompton

 
Mrs Rob’s bicycle : Claud Butler Majestique

- was a partner for the CB Majestic now sold

late 1970s, Reynolds 531 mixte frame and forks (ladies, twin tube).  Purchased on eBay as a complete bicycle in superb condition. 
Rebuilt using components from a Coventry Eagle, see Gone, with the exception of wheels which were purchased new. Picture: From eBay, as purchased - now fitted with straight bars, twist-grip changers and pannier-rack.

UPDATE : October 2016 - the machine was always slightly too big so has been replaced with a Peugeot Mixte of similar vintage (in fact almost exactly the same frame, but 2" smaller) - all components have been transferred from the Claud to the Peugeot.

 
Dawes Mirage

A mid-1980s Dawes 531 frame Mirage, acquired from a friend - stripped and powder coated in metallic grey with a lacquer topcoat. Rebuilt using the wheels and drive-train from the green Peugeot Triathlon (which had been converted to fixed - and sold subsequently) - deep-section rims with 23mm tyres, straight bars with simple friction changers and dual-pivot brakes.  Fitted with a new Brooks B17 saddle in honey. Lack of mudguard clearance means that I have had to crop the front guard short to sit behind the fork crown and have split guards at the rear - one between the bottom bracket and the brake bridge, and one with a fabricated bracket to clear the brake and fit to the bridge - fitted with homemade "Brooks lookalike" leather mudflaps.

Picture, November 2013 ... hopefully the saddle will tone down a bit!

UPDATE - February 2014 - now refitted with drop bars and retro stem-mounted friction changers. (The saddle has only changed marginally ... give it time)   UPDATE - September 2016 - Sold as F&F, unridden for over a year and part of the bike-pruning process

 
Claud Butler Majestic

Probably best described as Claud Butler's answer to the the Dawes Galaxy.  c1981 Reynolds 531 frame and forks, acquired in September 2003.  Stripped and re-sprayed, fitted with new wheels and some other components.  Progressively upgraded with better brakes and a new drive train.  Used for quite a bit of riding, a few scratches so re-sprayed in 2007, taking advantage of the opportunity to remove a very ugly braze-on lamp bracket on the front fork during the process.

This machine was used for the Dunwich Dynamo (200km overnight ride) in 2004 and for numerous Audax events.

Picture: July 2005, at the summit of Col de la Forclaz, Lake Annecy

UPDATE : as at January 2014 the machine has not been ridden since the 2007 rebuild, being the back-up for the Dawes Galaxy Tourer ... just in case!   

July 2014 with some sadness the machine has been sold on to another enthusiast.

 

 
Single-speed steel ex-MTB

1990s "triple triangle" steel mountain bike (Giant?) - stripped and re-sprayed matt “stealth” black, rebuilt using all the original components save for upgrading the brakes to Vee brakes and converting to a single-speed - using freehub spacers with a chain tensioner, fitted with slick tyres. 

Picture: Finally got round to taking one - rebuilt and ready for the road

SOLD in October 2011 to a friend's friend to use as a "ride to the station and leave it" hack bike.

 
Saracen Hylander

early 1990s steel-frame hybrid - nothing special.

Acquired from one of my brothers when he purchased Dahon folding bikes for he and his wife.  Some refurbishment and upgrading of brakes etc.
Passed on to brother-in-law, Martin in May 2006
Picture: Rob riding it in April 2005 through some woods at Stourbridge during “Ru88ell’s Legendary Tunnel Ride” - a 40 mile jaunt around Birmingham and the Black Country, including riding through a 1.3 mile canal tunnel - in the dark.

UPDATE - April 2014.  Having languished in Martin's garage, unused, since 2008 the machine is back with me again again.  Fitted a new rear brake, replaced the rack and bag, replaced the wheels with a spare set that "happened to be here" and it's now the shopping/pub/pop-into-town bike.

November 2015 - Sold - to make space for the current fleet to be stored more efficiently.

 
Carlton Corsair - was the MacBike

Picture: In MacRide livery

Mid 1970s Reynolds 531 frame and forks, classic sports-touring machine, purchased in May 2006 as a complete machine from eBay - see pic to left
Stripped & powder-coated, rebuilt and fitted with MacRide transfers to promote the MacRide - see www.macride.org.uk
for details.
Having served its purpose for promotion it was sold as frame & forks in October 2010

 
Dawes Galaxy - “Exercise bike”

c 1976 Reynolds 531 frame and forks, purchased from eBay.  Stripped and powder coated in blue, re-assembled with a spare set of wheels and other recycled components, not fitted with brakes.
Mounted on a turbo-trainer - complete with handlebar-mounted MP3 player and headphones. Picture: February 2006, in the office!

Sold (just the frame & forks) in November 2010 to another enthusiast

 
Mrs Rob’s bicycle : Dawes Jack - Folder

Dawes badged, Dahon built, 20" wheel folding bike. 

Purchased s/h in as new condition in September 2014.

This machine is identical to the Dawes Jack that was purchased in 2012 and replaced by the Dawes Ace in 2014  (In the meantime I had acquired for Mrs Rob a Raleigh Compact folder from the 1960s ... excellent, but the Jack is lighter, folds smaller and is better equipped. Now sold.) 

UPDATE: March 2016 - acquisition of the Brompton meant that Mrs Rob moved up to ride the Dawes Ace folder (infrequently cheeky ) so the Jack was sold

 
Moulton fx8

Pashley built 8-speed machine in Reynolds 531.  Purchased from the Pashley flagship dealer in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A fantastic bike, but I'm really at the upper end of size/weight to ride it - hence parting with it.  I had experimented with fitting a double chainwheel to get a bigger range of gears and drop bars for a different riding position - made it an even better bike, but still not right for me. Sold in December 2008.   Picture: from the Moulton/ Pashley online catalogue

 
Bickerton

1975 all aluminium folding bicycle.  Purchased in 2003 on eBay.  In mint condition complete with carrying bag and original handbook.

Seldom ridden, a collector’s item.  Being made almost entirely of bolted together aluminium components there is a considerable degree of “flex” when ridden.  Not unlike, one may imagine, riding a bag of tent-poles! Unusually, the machine has different sized front and rear wheels. Picture: 2003, parked in the office

I'm really too heavy for this machine so it had only been ridden a couple of times.  Sold in October 2008

 
Bike E

US built 1998 Bike E recumbent acquired in May 2013.  16" front and 20" rear wheels, 21 speed (3 hub, 7 cogs) - complete with bag and pannier rack.  Some initial fettling and cleaning was required but in excellent condition - whether to fit SPD pedals is a dilemma!

December 2013 : I just wasn't riding this enough to warrant the space so it's moved on to another enthusiast.

 
Ken Rogers Racing/Touring Trike

1970s, 24” Reynolds 531 frame and forks, purchased in March 2006 as a complete machine.

Some minor cosmetic refurbishment required - and possibly an upgrade of wheels from 27” to 700 in due course.
Cycling has turned full circle if you go to the History section.  Just got to learn how to ride it now! Picture: March 2006 - as purchased
[Update October 2007: New front wheel and new rear wheels built on the special hubs by Paul at the bike shop. Now ready for the road]

January 2014 - sold ... I just couldn't master riding it sad

 
Specialized Expedition

2002, aluminium framed hybrid/trekking machine (hardtail mtb with slicks) Purchased new. Picture: August 2002, taking a breather ascending Hartside on the Sustrans Coast-to-Coast ride

December 2013 - SOLD - I just didn't ride this machine enough.

 
Peugeot Triathlon

The bike is designed for triathlons, not me!

mid 1980s Reynolds 501 frame and 501 chrome plated forks, rescued from the local tip for a small payment.  Frame re-sprayed in white, chrome forks polished. Assembled with new and recycled components. Used for CTC & Audax rides ... with race-blade mudguards fitted!  Picture: September 2006
UPDATE - March 2009 - the powder-coat on this machine was never very good qality, and white was a mistake . . . to cap it all the chrome front forks are pitted so it has been stripped and powder-coated in emerald green, with metallic gunmetal grey front forks. 

UPDATE - March 2012 - this machine has now been stripped of all the geared transmission and rebuilt as a fixed with straight bars, one brake.

UPDATE - May 2013 - frame & forks (only) sold to to another enthusiast.

 
Unicycle

20” wheel, not much else to say about it!  Given to me in August 2007 - another of those “I must master riding it” machines - but not with SPD pedals !! Picture: Just the one wheel then

Unable to master riding it (or, take the risk of mastering riding!) so it had to go, October 2008 - passed on to another would-be unicyclist

 
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