Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Originally uploaded by bensondoc
but a couple of centimetres too small, this 1976 Tom Ritchey road bike seriously caught my attention when I spotted it on ebay last week.
Despite going through the same process a few times before, I spent a while proving that there is no way I can set up a traditional 57cm road bike to fit me. Maybe if I was 20 years younger...

ebay auction #140297305713
The same photos on flickr

Monday, January 19, 2009

Honjo mudguards, part 1

An unscheduled day off work allowed the time to fit some Honjo hammered aluminium mudguards to Donna's Bob Jackson fixie.
Even with frequent reference to instructions in Bicycle Quarterly and on the Jitensha Studio website the job took a couple of hours, and I'm not done yet.
Both the fork crown eyebolt and the bracket of the rear sliding bridge are too short and the guards sit a little high for my taste, so some custom widgets will be needed before I can call this job finished.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Not the January Retro Ride

Weather is not a deterrent for some people, and so, despite Biblical rain showers, 4 people turned up yesterday for the first Retro Ride of 09.

Mark Battley brought his rebuilt Frejus Super Corsa, which he bought from me a while back.

Once we were ensconced in the loungeroom it was hard to get going, so Mark, Peat Alexander and I decided to go to the shed and remove a few non-original braze-ons from Battleys 1968 Colnago frame, leaving CTB and Richard Oddy to battle the elements.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Stuff for sale

In a feeble attempt to simplify my life and make some space, I have a few vintage jerseys, some NJS goodness and a few other widgets listed on Trademe.
Check 'em out HERE