Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Another day another Peugeot...

Peugeot Premiere in pearlescent white with original decals. A good few marks and some light rust 'coloration' but looks good overall - solid and true. This is a light, fast, reliable bike perfect for a city commute. Upgraded with 700c alloy wheels at some point and fitted with new Michelin tyres and tubes, new handlebar grips and shortened flat handlebars - great for scooting through traffic.... Also fitted with full lightweight mudguards making this super practical for the inevitable rainy weather. Roll on autumn.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Completed this a good few times and makes a good quick training ride. Some nice rural views once out towards Epping. Mixed road surface but simple and fast. Pretty much no (jacket) map required.

... its not exactly the Col de l'Izoard but hey.

Sunday, 28 August 2011


".... light, tight and agile. Thankyou."  T. Tzara

"Great ride - no more public transport!R. Traina.

"Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime.U. Eco.

"I turned up very late but he was cool." Yeti.

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Late eighties Raleigh 'Banana' team racing bike. All original decals, metal head badge, paint etc. Looks fantastic. Very nice to ride and running great - everything as it should be. Quick and comfortable, perfect for training or city commute. 700c wheels. Smooth headset and drivechain. New front brake pads. New Michelin Speedium tyres and inner tubes just fitted. The frame size is 58/9cm to suit from 5'9 to 6'3 ish. Yes.

Thursday, 25 August 2011


Here we have my pretty much totally stripped down and rebuilt Peugeot 'Triathlon' road racing bike.

Built from Reynolds 501 tubing. Fillet brazed, shot in seat stays with fully chromed forks - not the usual crapy carbolite made peugeots - this is VERY light, tough and comfortable to ride. Even has a braze on for your racing number... 
I will say that the frame has LOTS of scratches and marks - it is however absolutely solid and straight - viewing and test ride welcome.

Reynolds 501 F+F. Size 58 cm square. Good for 5'9 to 6'3 +/-.

New black riser bars - chopped but not too narrow. New handlebar grips. Vintage quill stem. New brake lever. New brake pads. Vintage DiaCompe caliper. New brake cable. New sealed bottom bracket. New crank bolts. New track chain. New Michelin Tyres (700c). New inner tubes. Suntour cranks. New pedals and straps. Vintage fluted seat post. Front wheel Alex rim with large flange track hub. Rear wheel - double sided running quality Shimano freewheel. Large flange black track hub and deep rim.

Looks and rides great. Tends not to draw too much attention as it doesn't look like a box fresh out the store bike - should outride one though.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Did this on Sunday. Some nice bits around the Chilterns but thats it. Followed a terrible route on MMR and thanks to disappearing signage and my own inadequacies got seriously lost around the 45 mile mark adding 10 to 15 miles to the ride - came in at about 75 miles... Weather was shit too. Apart from that it was perfect.

Some inspiring and iconic images from the ride...


Took myself off to wild wales for a ride and a walk. Thats my 'luggage' above. Train to Bangor from Euston and back from Welshpool via Birmingham. 3 nights camping.

Day One ride stunning. Two pretty good. Three beautiful but hard and Four alright but a little too much regular road. Probably packed a few too many tools but you never know do you? Felt like I was carrying a some big guy on the back for the entire ride...

Beautiful scenery for sure and the place pretty much to yourself.
Wales! Whoop!