Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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.
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!!!
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??)
Many thabnks gurus
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!
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments- Elizabeth West.
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.
Maybe some Universal brakes? http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/universal.html
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!
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.
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.
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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