Friday, September 26, 2014


Here is a Ti Raleigh Track bike I 
restored a little while back, but never 
got around to getting any photos of the 
finished machine.

I stripped this one by hand, 
it had a beautiful build quality, 
as you would expect from a SB frame set.

A lovely seat cluster, I have to admit this is one of 
the first places I look when assessing a frame.

I have painted a few Ti Raleigh's over the years
and have always used the one piece down tube
decal available from most suppliers.
This time I decided to paint the yellow and 
black, as was done originally.
I am happy that I did, it just feels better.
 Photographed outside it's new owners house.
I really enjoyed restoring this one.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


I Have just finished restoring this early Seventies Holdsworth Italia frame set, I was going to keep it, but other projects demand funds, so it is now for sale.
I am pretty sure after reading the famous Holdsworth website 
that this frame-set is most probably 
the work of either Reg Collard or Tommy Quick, although I can't verify this.
Any way it is a absolutely beautiful slice of steel, and I will be real sad to see it go.
But I have got a cool new project to keep my spirits up...
a Seventies Shorter TT frame set, will post photos soon. 
Frame stripped and ready for some light body work.
Overall the frame was in excellent shape.
You can see by the condition of the drop outs that this
machine has seen very little action in it's life.

After many hours the frame is painted and ready to roll once more.
This is really a very nice frame set, and I'm not just saying that 
because of my well known soft for British race bikes.....

Monday, August 18, 2014


 Early mid seventies Pinarello catalog.

 And here I was, thinking they only came out in Red..

Here is my one, taken on yesterday's 
Sunday ride

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Ok, so the other day, just as I was
just putting the finishing touches on
My mate Max strolls past and says "you keeping this one?"
with a slight disdain in his voice.
Yes I am, I quickly shot back in defense,
I was a little on the defensive, as you would be.
"Kind of dweeby don't you think?" he replied, just as as quickly.

Well yes I had to admit
  that this was kind of true I guess, but.....
and it was at this point, that I had to explain to Max
my theory of "What car is that Bike?", which simply
put, works as follows....
Nearly all bikes of character have an equivalent
car, usually from the same period, country and purpose.
But these rules don't always apply, and can broken
by passionate and persuasive argument.

So using this theory, I will explain why the
Raleigh Competition MK II model DL 165
is the Sunbeam Rapier Fastback.
First of all the the Sunbeam Rapier wasn't
really a super cool car to have at the time, however
it was cooler than an Avenger (which wasn't hard).
The Competition probably wasn't all that cool either
in it's time, but was way better, than say a Carlton Corsa. 

They where both marketed at a buyers that wanted
a sporty,quick,fairly well balanced machine, with European flair,
that could be used everyday without to much hassle, 
and maybe even help to pull the ladies.

Both are products of the late sixties-mid seventies.

 Lastly both these machines have aged well, and I 
think both could now be considered quite cool ....
well in the right company that is.

So if anybody has their own 
"What car is that Bike?", send me your 
photos and reasons why they work, and I will
post them on the blog.
The only requirement is that you have to 
own an example of the bike.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Here is my first book review, and since it
is the first, I have decided to review one of my 
favorites, Russell Mockridges' classic autobiography
'My World on Wheels' posthumously completed by 
John Burrowes and printed in 1960.

Mockridge was an Australian track rider and road man who won
Two Golds and a Silver in the match sprint and Kilometer TT
 at the 1950 Empire games held in Auckland NZ.
 Two golds in the match sprint and tandem sprint at the 1954
Helsinki Olympic games.

He went on to become a professional road/track rider
competing in Australia and Europe.
His career was cut short when he collided with a
bus while training in Melbourne in on September 13 1958.

What I really enjoyed about reading Mockridges' bio, is his,
what seems to be, complete honesty, in one chapter
"Cross Roads" talking about his "emotional problems" which
he thought he could cure by leaving cycling and 
becoming a Anglican minister, which he did for 14 months,
before coming back to cycling for the rest of his life.

Maybe it is because he had trained as a journalist before 
becoming a cyclist, that this book
  is so well written, but what ever the reason it  is extremely readable, 
but of course ultimately quite sad because of his accident.
It is also a book that doesn't
shy away from any of the taboo subjects that
other sports books from this period (in English anyway) seem to,
 the very personal emotional torments mentioned earlier, 
and the question of drugs, which he has a whole chapter on.
There are many excellent descriptions of his racing in
 Europe and Australia on both road and track, including
his two TDF rides.

If you can find I copy, get it, it really is
one of the classics in cycle literature.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1975 Raleigh Competition Mk II

Here is a 1975 Raleigh Competition Mk II
Model DL 165, for some reason these are rare
over here in New Zealand, in fact all the high end Raleigh's 
of this period are thin on the ground on 
these Shores.
I have a suspicion that this could well be because it
was right in the middle of the American bike boom
of the Seventies, and American was consuming all
 (at lest most) of Raleigh's high end bike out put?
I know that Hills Cycles In Auckalnd 
who had been buying Bertin C37's and track
 bikes direct from the factory since the middle fifties,
couldn't buy any for a couple of years
 in the late seventies because they had all
 been pre brought by an
American agent...first in first served I guess.
This one was originaly brought over in Australia
in 1975 by Barry O'Brien for $289.00.  

 Even though this is third down in Raleigh's range, it
is in my opinion, an exceptionally well appointed machine
straight out of the box.
Brooks professional on the early models, 
Huret Jubilee derailleurs.

 T.A. crank set, Weinmann 999 centre pull
brakes, with cool slotted levers.

Nice sloping fork crown, which it shares with
the top Raleigh Professional.
Only available from 1973-76, so quite a rare peice
of machinery from a company that made a LOT of
Note that the wheel set and Cinelli stem on this bike
are not original equipment.
By the way if anyone out there knows of a reasonably
priced Raleigh Professional Mk IV, whole bike or frame set only
56-58 C-T and are willing to ship to New Zealand 
please let me know here