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Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by asthmatic camel » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:33 am

Look what I got! It's my step-father's old bicycle which I decided to renovate as it's been taking up space in my Mum's shed for years. I've spent two days and quite a few quid so far getting new tyres and inner tubes on it. (Quite a task, as I had to split the chain to get the back wheel off and the chain guard is securely riveted to the frame. The only access is through two tiny hatches.) I rode to my Mum's this morning at 4 AM to pick it up as the brakes are a bit dodgy, rode it eight miles home, got the bus back to my Mum's and rode another eight miles home. Knackered!

I believe it's a Golden Sunbeam from the 1920s/30s. It's going to look great when I've finished tinkering with it and painted it up!

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Doctor X » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:35 am

Fag.

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by ed » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:11 am

Not sure I'd paint it. Collector value goes to crap if you do.

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Fid » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:40 am

What ed said, but congrats on getting it usable.
Well minus the fag part...I'm a card carrying queer and I have a big 'ole Snap On tool chest and tools that cost somewhere around ten thousand US $.
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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by asthmatic camel » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:27 am

Well, I have painted it because:

A. I have no intention of ever selling it; it has great sentimental value to me.
B. I iintend to use it fairly regularly and the Mancunian climate is not kind to unpainted metal.
C. It looked a fucking mess, and the minimalist logo and decoration had all but disappeared anyway.
D. I intend to call it "Dennis" after my step-Dad, and my artistic mother is currently creating a stencil of his name with which to decorate the chain guard.

Anyways, I went for a twenty mile ride on it last night and it works like a new one. I might have to try and find a gel saddle cover for it, though, as my skinny old arse is suffering this morning...

Oh, and I was falsely accused of shoplifting in Halfords yesterday when I went to buy some metallic silver paint. Some cunt is going to lose his job over this. Jumped-up little snot-nosed bastard. I've been a regular customer there for longer than he's been alive.
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Post by asthmatic camel » Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:59 pm

Project pretty much complete, although I'm going to have to have the saddle reupholstered.

Rides like a new one!

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Post by Fid » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:21 pm

Excellent work sir, well done. I assume the chain guards are to prevent your skirts from becoming entangled during your "night rides"?

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by asthmatic camel » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:11 pm

The chain guard was a real selling point back in the day. It completely encloses the chain and crank and contains a reservoir of oil, so that the machine requires virtually no cleaning or maintenance. They really were designed to last a gentleman a lifetime. :)
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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by ed » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:47 pm

Good job. I like seeing projects like that.
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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:47 am

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You'll just have to get an original handlebar. :wink: And the sporty outfit!

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Bruce » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:53 am

As I have aged, I have grown more attached to old things. They really don't "make em like they used to". Everything today is slapped together all willy-nilly with the intent to fail within 5 yrs so you have to buy a new one. That goes for everything from cars to phones to furniture. Look around. Do you have anything that works just as well now as it did 5 years ago?

Great job on the bike, A.C. Have you seen the latest shit the kids are riding these days.?
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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by sparks » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:04 am

Surprised a human can make all that rubber move.
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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Doctor X » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:40 am

Just ask Your Mom. . . .

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:14 am

I approve.

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Re: Definitely not a Fag-O-Cycle

Post by sparks » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:04 am

Doctor X wrote:Just ask Your Mom. . . .

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Well, I've heard she was into riding. Yet, I never saw her on a bike! :o
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