Monthly Archives: June 2015

And now for something completely different.

My interest in fine things mechanical isn’t limited to bicycles.  During the 1980s and 1990s, I collected, used and competed with firearms of various types until it was considered politically expedient to effectively ban the ownership of pistols and rifles … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (3)

So, we’d agreed on my broad requirements, and now it was time to discuss the project in detail, starting with the basic frame design.  The primary issues here were twofold: the type of steel to use, and whether it should … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (2)

Having decided to proceed with the project in Autumn 2014, we then needed to establish what form the bike would take.  I already had a brief list of essential requirements, which follows. 1.  The bike should be comfortable, with steady … Continue reading

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The Joys of a Bespoke Bicycle (1)

In 2013, a friend who lives in Wales asked me to pick up a vintage frame he had bought from an eBay vendor here in Weymouth. I was very surprised to find that the vendor was a frame builder, Darron … Continue reading

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Two wheels good, three wheels bad!

About once a month I meet three friends, Peter, Mike and Hilary, who are also members of the Veteran-Cycle Club, for lunch.  We live far enough apart (Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and in my case, Dorset) that we rarely see each … Continue reading

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