BigG wrote:My "old" bike - my "new" one is undergoing a clean and rebuild - has served me since 1953, and it was second hand then! Actually, the only original parts are the frame (but not the forks), the bars (GB) and the brake levers (Mafac). Most of the rest dates back to the 1980's and 1990's but I have retained 27" wheels spoked 40/32 with 13/14G spokes on the rear drive side. I still have the original wheels (Harden on Weinmann Alesa), brakes (Mafac cantilevers), guards (Bluemels TdeF) and pedals (Lyotard 23). These are only kept as spares.
The bike started life as a 4 speed with a Simplex JUY 51 but has since expanded via several intermediate steps to 15 speed (5 x 3) using a half step and granny arrangement. The Huret Duopar indexes faultlessly with the Suntour freewheel despite the wide range (14-18-23-30-38) using Suntour levers mounted on Kelly Take-offs. The front changer is a Suntour SL reverse action (friction only - much preferred) working with TA Cyclotouriste rings (48-42-26) mounted on the original Deore Dyna Drive cranks. Suntour XC Pro cantilevers (self-energising on the rear) continue to give excellent service in stopping a heavy load - seldom less than 115kg. The rear brakes do, however, require careful adjustment if they are to work as they should.
Normally, a Carradice Campers Longflap bag, an Abus lock and a Topeak Masterblaster pump complete the set-up, but these failed to show up for the photo-shoot!
Note: not a braze-on in sight except for the cantilever bosses!
I hope that this will bring back memories for some members.
p.s. The excrescence on the top tube in the full frontal photo is a piece of 1" pipe insulation which protectss the frame when parked - very effective and never been stolen yet!
I've thought this a very handsome bike since it was posted. The back mudguard and tail light, do people just drill into the guard to put a light on? I could use a nice big tail light like that. I've read all your words, you didn't say the brand, I see it's a Grubb.
The ex---- on the top tube of the front take photo keeps the bike protected and maybe warrants off thieves you say?? The coverings on the brake levers themselves are sharp too and it has those things on the brake handles too, I've heard about those...I don't know the word.