First lap of Hannan st tonight
In a bizzare twist of wardrobe i felt the need to don a waistcoat ad collared shirt whilst scorching with this fine machine
just remember, this isnt a true replica , just my tribute to it
all 3 gears working sweet as bru. I dropped a bucket of oil into the oil port of the Sturmey last night, and its running sweet. 40 years old and back on the road
I was suprised by the reid"dutch " saddle . in the old pics they have the saddle tilted back and that is exactly how you need it . your body wants to ride forward off the seat , and by raking back you slide back on and all the springs start working. the seat rocks side to side just nicely.Bit suprised actually. thank you reid cycles
for having them in the shops
cream 400x40's mailed from germany yesterday
gear shifter simply works. you have to stop pedalling for each change , then simply start pedalling again.
. Brake lever.for the time being i have a aluminium Lee Chin. Im sure in 1914 there must have been somebody called lee chin working in a cycle factory somewhere in the world
when i have time i will build a great big lever job from scratch. the rear brake is a double pivot Mafac racer. the oldest brake i could scrounge. works really well too!
I plan to leave it on as it feels right for the bike . yes there is electrical tape holding the cabling, but i have a 30 m roll of red 1" bias binding coming that will be used as bar tape and a tape to hold the cabling onto the frame.
The BSA crank is simply sweet considering I picked it up in the bush 10 years ago , now its back hauling arse down hannan st again.
Handle bars and grips are inverted lady bars for now. on the old catelogues it says invertable , so thats just fine by me. the grips came with the dutch saddle and have little grubs screws on each end to hold them on. that will be great for pulling them on and off when im making the brake set up. I'll leave them on until the bar tape is ready.
shed feels odd now kind of empty. probably time to repair the recumbent
cream tyres posted from germany yesterday.
should get the frame stickers on monday.
I decided on the name "Davyhurst Special " after the lovely old frame i picked up in Davehurst