A nice bit of bike that is
We have a Carpenter. I have never seen one before.
They are really desirable as they are such good quality- as they are pretty collectible they are also like hens teeth.
Born in Angel, Islington, in the 1950′s, it’s a 50 cm frame, round fork blade, twin blade fork crown…
A work in progress…this is going to be gorgeous when it’s done.
It's a big'un
This Uppadine is for Sale. It’s a 63, so good for a tall person in the market for a bicycle.
Uppadine to me sounds French, imagine saying it in a French accent, then a Donny accent.
Durace hubs , Mavic rims…the wheels turn and spin splendidly…test rides welcome…
Isabel did not buy this bike from us, it has been passed down through her family.
She brings it here for repairs. She is happy that it’s back in working order.
A family jewel
And so are we.
We are in a recession and we are disenchanted with banks, government and money (well lack of).
Far more fun can be found playing swapsies than at the cashpoint.
So we swapped our old tool trolley, that was too big, for beer tokens.
The lovely Nikki
Nikki from Look Mum no Hands came and picked it up using her inspired bit of machinery.
I went there last night for a party and spotted it in the corner brimming with tools.
Rob has bought an old stainless steel medical stand to replace it. Which I do not like.
It makes me think of hospitals. And Victorian ones at that. Scary.
We sold one of Erics hand built bicycles this week. The straight bars are great for city riding.
E's are Good
Now I did not ask Eric why he was selling this bike, but in light of the fact he has just got a new bike, I have my sneaky suspicions that for every bike he brings home, he must get rid of one. I will bet my bottom dollar as well that it will only be a matter of weeks before he embarks on a new project too.
A gentlemen called Peter bought this 1982 Bianchi Piaggio. Classic.
The only Italian we will have left in the house will be Frankie Ciao Ciao at this rate.
The eagerly anticipated London Cycle Hire launches today…
It would be good if you could hire mint road bikes,
and maybe wee shoppers, old choppers and space hoppers…
Eric bowled up the other day on his Wakefield that he bought a wee while back. He was taking it for its’ first outing…he met up with some pals for a veteran ride, right up in the North of London. He has been riding with his crew for a long, long time.
He used to build frames for Bates up in Walthamstow and then went onto work as a builder for Rensch and Paris, who were based on Church St in Stoke Newington. He started his apprenticeship in 1948 , post war Britain. Imagine riding to work in 1948, I bet half of the roads still had holes blown out of them. I bet they wished they had a Super Cycle Highway…mmm…
Eric with his 3 stripes
Slowly coming to life...
Rob is the restoring this Viking Severn Valley. These bikes were made in Wolverhampton and if you have 5 minutes to spare the article I have linked is really interesting. Reg Davies the builder was in an incredible man. He was passionate about bikes and building quality bikes. He was also a fantastic business man . But most impressive to me was the fact that following his wife’s death he understandably had a bout of depression. So he wrote a book of poems and donated all proceeds to a local hospice. Then aged 77 he started running. And running. And running. He ran 10 marathons, he ran from John O Groats to Lands End, from London to Paris, he became a champion, running right up until the end of his days, aged 91. Reg Davies we salute you.
A not forgotten hero
The frame is 54 cm. Reynolds 531 tubing. Nervex Lugs (swanky).
Original bars, headset and b.b now refitted. The remainder will be built up according to original spec.
If you are interested in making this fine machine yours please send us an email and we can talk gears and saddles.