Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Just finished this Vel-Sport
Came up pretty nice.

 It's kind of like the fixie for the more sophisticated gent
I added a Brooks after these photo where taken.
As was befitting for this bike I thought.

Now I can get the Vel-Sport
'Contre Le Montre' finished, this one is
going to be a serious sweetie.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Classic 1980's Pursuit/TT helmet.

 I like the inside, it looks real serious.

Claud Butler for sale

This  Claud Butler Mixte 
in the For Sale section

Monday, September 16, 2013


Go to the For Sale to see photo and details on this
very nice machine.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Those who know me, know I have a
very soft spot for one of  Raleigh's greatest products,
the classic team Raleigh's.
I regard these bikes as the last hurrah of the
mainstream British bike industry.

Sort of a bike version of Triumph/Norton motorbikes
before that industry went sideways in the late seventies
early eighties. 

I have a very nice SB 531 Team Raleigh
which I will shoot one day for the blog.
But what I have here to show you now,
 is something really special.
This is Vern Hanaray's 1976
753 Team Raleigh.
 Only saddle, seat post and stem are original equipment.

Vern (right) in action on the Raleigh during the 1976 Dulux six Day Race, 
he won King of the Mountains in this edition.
 Vern's '76 Dulux KOM jersey

I have heard that Vern was given this bike
by his employers at Morrison Industries
in Hastings.
Morrisons where one of New Zealand's main domestic
bike manufacturers at the time, though they
didn't make what you would call a
high end bike, if you know what I mean.
Morrison's made rebadged Raleigh's
under their own name, so had the right contacts
to get this frame ordered from Raleigh's new
made with Reynolds brand new 753 tube set.
I am pretty sure that any one but team riders would 
have been pretty hard pressed to secure themselves a 
753 built frame in 1976.

  Remains of the 753 decal

 One of my favorite parts of this frame, are these most unusual
lugs, I have never seen these on any other Team bike.
The brazing is of course immaculate 
 Vern in action again on the Raleigh, during the 1976
Tour of Britain(Known as the Milk Race), 
where he was picked out for his very aggressive
riding. This is really something, when you consider that this was
when the Russians and the Poles where dominating amateur racing
with their well known aggressive team style.

Vern, with '76 Milk Race winner Bill Nickson (left), and 
Joe Waugh, leading.
Vern Haneray is a local cycle racing great,
with two Dulux wins and three King of the Mountains 
just for starters.
Although he comes with a mixed reputation
off the bike, there can be no denying his 
awesome ability's on the road.

Check out the B/B, Vern's initials and the build date.
Also the remains of the contrast yellow on the
cut outs, which again I haven't seen on other original
Team Raleigh's.

Just right from any angle
Vern, hitting the line hard.
One of the great New Zealand roadmen for sure.



Friday, September 13, 2013


My new Simplex ensemble arrived today,
all ready to go onto the Peugeot PX10 .
Although this is just the mid range 410 series
it seem well built, guess I will see how it performs soon enough.

I will have to start saving for a Simplex Super LJ ensemble, 
which is what I would really like to be using.
Strangely enough, I have read that the Simplex equipment
from this period actually gets heavier, the further up the 
range you go!
Anyway this will be good enough for the time being, 
I am just looking forward to getting the PX10 on 
the road.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I have for sale this Rossin RSL
You can view photos and details in the 



I was offered this amazing late nineteenth century
New Hudson racer lately.
Unfortunately it was a bit out of my price range at the moment.
But here are some photos for you to view, and for me to feel a little sad about.

 Skip tooth (inch pitch) chain set
 The plunger type brake, looks cool but is probably a little 
scarey to use for actual stopping purposes.
 I forgot to photograph the other side of the rear wheel,
which had a bar attached to the axle, to assist getting up onto
the tall frame.
This. I assume, is a hang over from the high wheelers.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


I am just finishing another Vel-Sport frame, this one was a 1060's Legnano, which was crashed early on in it's life. It was resurrected with Nervex head lugs and new main tubes.(at lest you know it's DB 531 now!), Anyway, as it isn't really a Legnano any more, I am using it as a donor for the next Vel-Sport project.
This one was ordered with a brief from the client that specified just two things, it had to be gold and black.

I couldn't quite bring myself to do that, so I threw in a bit of off white on the head tube and seat tube, which I think works quite well. I haven't shown the client yet, hope he likes it....
He also wants it to be a fixie, but I will try and talk him into putting a old Campagnolo Grand Sport on it instead, or maybe I should just shut up and do want he wants...