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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby moofish » Fri May 25, 2012 11:20 am

Just took the Healing for a 3-4km ride. Man those handlebars are uncomfortable!! If Im going to ride it more I will have to get different bars. I may be getting a different vintage bike tomorrow. The frame is knackered but it should be ok for parts.Hopefully the bars are a bit more comfortable.
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby koen » Fri May 25, 2012 1:41 pm

moofish wrote:Just took the Healing for a 3-4km ride. Man those handlebars are uncomfortable!!


You should try turning them up the right way so the grips point away from you. Retro cool and very comfy
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby moofish » Fri May 25, 2012 2:30 pm

I had the bars down because I was racing :D
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby moofish » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:44 am

Took the old beast out for 20km ride. Im trying to work out what was worse going uphill with one gear or going downhill with a coaster brake only. I had a ball but I cant wait to get back on my Kona with Hydro discs and GEARS!!!
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:25 pm

moofish wrote:Now I just need to wax it and find out when the next tweed run in Adelaide is going to be.

29 July details here
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby koen » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:52 pm

I am getting close to posting pics of my Healing and will be using weinman more modern brakes. I will be missing pushies galore unfortunately but I wouldn't even know what brakes look out for to be roughly period correct.

Can someone give me a clue if I want two hand brakes for a 1950s club racer? What should I be keeping an eye out for?
(When I got the bike it had a coaster I think??)
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby ldrcycles » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:52 pm

Can't help you koen, my knowledge of pre 80s stuff is limited to say the least.

Just a quick note to say my Healing is on the home stretch now, only 11 days to get it ready for the L'Eroica so i'll need to put my foot down!
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:18 pm

koen wrote:.. but I wouldn't even know what brakes look out for to be roughly period correct.

Can someone give me a clue if I want two hand brakes for a 1950s club racer? What should I be keeping an eye out for?
(When I got the bike it had a coaster I think??)

have you seen this thread?
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby koen » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:40 pm

Thanks, I'd done a bit of a search on brakes but didn't find that.
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby Johnj » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:33 pm

Clydesdale Scot wrote:
koen wrote:.. but I wouldn't even know what brakes look out for to be roughly period correct.

Can someone give me a clue if I want two hand brakes for a 1950s club racer? What should I be keeping an eye out for?
(When I got the bike it had a coaster I think??)

have you seen this thread?


Monitor Speedsters would definitely be the appropriate brakes to fit. They have three basic drawbacks however:
1. They're really hard to find in good condition.
2. They're really expensive, regardless of condition.
3. They're really crap as brakes.
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby rkelsen » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:09 am

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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby koen » Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:37 pm

Well I have finished my Healing for the time being..ready enough to ride at Noosa this weekend anyway.
Just used the 70's weinmann brakes I was using before and I'll keep my eyes open. I modified with cable stops the levers from a ladies bike. They had a habit of letting the cable flop out as I released the brake then next time I went for the brakes ...ahhhh!
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It weighs 12.5kg as in the photo with empty bidons ,spares and steel wheels. It is pretty light with my preferred wheels but they would be too light for the Noosa Eroica apparently.
I am using a 3 speed rear in case the hills get too steep where upon I'll have to stop and quickly loosen the wing nuts to change.
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Going by how close the 27" wheels are I'd say this was a 26inch roadster with mudguards and back pedal brake originally. I spoke to the original owner's son and he figured it was bought early '50s to ride to work. It takes 700c wheels very nicely.
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This chainring I bought ages ago and now I know why it was cheap! It is cast alloy ..hidiminium?.. and was in rough condition taking me hours to clean and polish. Then I discovered that when fitted I couldn't get the cotter pins in because it is too thick! I modified the nut heavily with a grinder.
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby moofish » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:24 pm

that looks very nice koen makes me want to paint mine.
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby moofish » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:58 pm

Has anyone heard of any tweed runs in the future for SA?
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Re: help with an old Healing

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:47 pm

moofish wrote:Has anyone heard of any tweed runs in the future for SA?

last one was only held a few weekends ago, so I'd say next July
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