Still More Miele

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Over the last couple of weeks I was lucky enough to score two more Miele bikes. One came out of the garden of a fellow club member,

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the other one from the small ads.

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Both are about the same age, mid/late fifties, both are top-of-the-range Originals, but they seem to have had widely varying fates. While the gents´ bike was painted over at some stage, and then used to display a basket of flowers in a garden for some considerable time, the ladies´ bike has led a more sheltered life.

I must say that I would really like to make the ladies bike into the nice bike it was, and I think there is a good chance that a serious clean, new grease in the bearings and some black wax over the rust may make a great deal of a difference, while the gents´ bike will not even end up as my son´s town hack to be parked at the university campus because the front fork is damaged. Hard to photograph, it is bent just above the fork crown. The bike will yield its b/b and headset bearings, the chainguard, and little else. A series of uncaring owners is to be blamed for this. The ladies´ bike actually seems to be three years older than the gents´ , but it was obviously much better cared for.

The Gents´ Bike

Let´s start with a few pics of the gents´. It has a dented top tube and there are hardly any Miele specific parts left. The unusable saddle is one of those horribly heavy and soft Leppers, the bell is wrong, and so on.

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Unbelievably, the Bosch lights are still working, fore and aft. After a re-paint, they will perhaps be grafted onto the ladies´ as its lights are about 20 years out.

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Also the spokes will be transferred as the gents´ wheels have at some time been rebuilt with s/s spokes, and those in the ladies´ are rusty.

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Many Miele specific small parts, like the rubber grommet in the mudguard, are gone. XGchaing XGcrankrust  Acres of rust after all the time out in the open.XGforkcr XGfthubrustXGhbargrip The handlebar grips are modern, and old ones are not easy to get nowadays. XGlwrheadl XGplungerbksplit

The lower tube of the plunger brake is so rusty that is has split. This is less dangerous than it sounds; plunger brakes were completely useless anyway.XGrack

The rubber inserts which go between the traverse wires are gone.XGrearmudg  This is what the rear mudguard looks like.XGttdentsThe dents in the top tube.

The Ladies´ Bike

It´s a model 512, meaning Miele Original, 28 inch wheel diameter, 52 cms frame size.

In a case like this, grime is your friend.

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The oiler is missing its cap, but that is not much of a problem.XLbell

Both on the bell and the cranks, 99 per cent of the chrome will be saved.XLchainguard

The gold lining and the lettering are still there.XLchainguardbolt XLchainwhcrankchrome Hardly any rust here, and absolutely no play in the bearing.

XLchromerimgrimeEven on the chromed rims, which were an expensive extra, underneath the grime…

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… there is some chrome left, easily uncovered by a fingernail. Much rust will stay on the rims, however.XLdyntiresize XLlamprefl

Neither headlight nor dynamo are even remotely suitable for a mid-fifties bike. The Miele lighting seen on some of my other bikes was an extra. At the time bikes were sold without lighting. Miele parts were expensive, so many customers chose cheaper Bosch or Impex lighting. The first owner of this bike spent a lot of money on the Original model plus chrome rims, so the idea about the gents´ Bosch equipment might not be good after all. I´ll cross that river when I come to it.XLflammungabblättern

This is bad. The geflammte paint is flaking off. White was sprayed over black, and then specially trained workmen would put on the lining and actually take a small flame to the white paint. Its soot would then be covered with a clear coat. Lots of stages to commit mistakes, which I assume to have happened. Just figured that warranty has run out. Heck.XLforkcr XLfrontmudguardgrime

I guess that underneath all the dirt, much of the paintwotk will be quite good still.XLftdoXLgeptrbef XLheadb  XLlightconnect

The little connector which connects the interior lighting cable to the exterior one coming from the dynamo. XLpletscherpllightgrommetAnd this is where the cable re-surfaces again. Note the rubber grommet which in this case survives. The Pletscher plate holding the kick stand is a hint at the bike being a late production one. XLnetting Also the protective netting still is in place. Its rubbery parts however are not rubbery any longer, letting the netting hanging down slack, so it will have to be replaced. XLpumppegsawedoff

The top pump peg – or what´s left of it. It protruded from the seat lug and must have caused holes in the rider´s clothing. It really is in a daft place, so it was sawed off.XLpumppegstillon

This is the lower one.XLrack

Rubber strips still in place.XLrearlight

Rarely still present: The original rear light. The chrome is gone, however, so it will be painted black.XLrearmudguard

The horse – let´s hope it will come off without either leaving a sticky mess or taking the paint with it.XLsaddle

Original leather saddle in very nice condition.XLtoolpouch

Worth its weight in gold – the tool pouch in good condition. Its leather straps will be easily replaced – only one is moe or less intact and the pouche´s life literally hung by a thread.XLtopsteerhead XLtorpyear

Funnily enough, no frame number could be found. Usually this is in the seat lug, but not this time. I guess I´ll surprised by it jumping in my face when I´ll be busy cleaning. Until then, the little “55” must serve as a hint at how old the bike is.XLUnionfthubNo Miele hub – not that late. The Union hub is great, indestructible, but it´s not the same, is it, not having the “Miele” script on the hub. Neither is it on the pedals. Again, the oily grime will clean up very nicely.

So far, so good. I´ll keep you posted.

Season´s End

Last weekend it was the end of this year´s century riding season in Germany, not very successful for me, but the two rides on Saturday and Sunday were great. Inspired routes, great company, great bikes. One of which is a Koga Miyara Arabesque which was in the 2012 edition of Eroica. Not many words needed, wonderful craftsmanship and luckily an owner who appreciates this marvel. Cramped quarters and lack of time make this a somewhat incomplete set of snaps.

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Kids´ Stuff

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“Bluschke” is the private label of the cycle sport shop in the town near to where we are situated

A few days ago our cycling club decided to get rid of two old bikes which had been used as training bikes for young riders years and years ago. Both have been snapped up quickly by their new owners.

One is a kid´s bike which I found remarkable as it has tubs and a complete RX 100 groupset. Once staple diet, these parts are becoming rarer, but they still are more or less indestructible alternatives for riders who want to keep it simple.

Like all hire bikes this child´s bike has had a hard life, but its new owner is a cycle nut who has a lot of knowledge and is a great mechanic, plus he has the daughter to go with the bike, so chances are that it will see a renaissance. Nuff said, here´s some snaps.

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Taking photographs of this bike made me think about a really cute little thing which has been languishing in my basement for many years.

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I bought it in a fleamarket for 30 French Francs while on holidays in Britanny – must be nearly twenty years ago. I had planned it to be my son´s first randonneur, so I got some tires in France in a size unobtainable here. The bike had come without pedals, and at home I realized that the pedal threads were French too, so during our next French holidays I had to get some pedals.

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As all dads do, I got the bike with lots of time to spare, and even after I bought the pedals, my son still had to wait for quite some time until he grew into the frame size. I kept the bike in my attic study, and my son would come up ever so often to see if he hadn´t yet grown sufficiently. When he had, we did some beginner´s touring on it, among other things we attended a huge cycle meeting called 1000 Räder Bünde (1,000 cycles in Bünde). Aged 8, my son completed a 25 km course, for which he received a medal.

JM1000RBMedHere´s some details of the Moto-B:

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The shop does not seem to exist anymore

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Faux lugs

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The infamous Delrin

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Child-size brake levers

JM3spJMbb JMforkcr JMfrontbk JMfthubJMheadbadge JMrack JMseatclAfter this, my son grew into and out of a 48cm Alan, a 52 cm Trek 5200 which he crashed, though it wasn´t his fault, a 52 cm Gazelle AB, and an Ellis-Briggs Randonneur which he has been using since 2009. Time flies, and the bikes with it.

News on Iron Leg Veteran Bike Ride

(Nederlandse versie beneden.)

Plans for the Iron Leg are progressing. At the moment we´re looking at Sunday 19 April 2015, with a 10 a.m. start. That may well change again.

We have been checking out a route with loads of hills (not mountains, we don´t have any of those around) and of about 80km length. We will be riding in one group at a 22-25kph average. The ride is mainly for hand made steel framed bicycles, possibly older than 1984, but not necessarily so.

Here are the villages I would like to visit: Starting out in Belm, Marktring, close to Osnabrück, passing through Mönkehöfen (hill with rough stuff), Bad Essen (big hill), Schledehausen, Wissingen (hill), Melle (break from the hills), Wellingholzhausen, Holte (really big hill), Bissendorf (last hill) and back to Belm. Check the route on the internet, and if the hills are too numerous leave a comment, we can change things.

Please bring bikes with effective brakes and gears, and let´s avoid a repeat of the Amerongen tubular shootout if possible.

There will be mostly small roads,

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a moated castle,

EBSchelenbsomething hardly recognizable as a castle,

Yholteburgone of the few places in the world where rivers (streams?) bifurcate,

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a village sporting a number of half timbered houses,

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a really steep hill on which one of the few remaining hill climb races for cars are held (not when we will be there, though), and other picturesque places.

EBHäuschenWe will meet in a village with ample free parking spaces and an ice cream parlour, there will be at least one spot in which participants will be handed refreshments, and of course the weather will be horrible, most likely.

The meeting place in Belm is about 222 km away from Amerongen, 223 km from Rommerskirchen, 272km from Haarlem, 232 km from Neerkant, 420 km from Oudenaarde, 181 km from Kiel-Windeweer and 291 km from Voorburg.

Once we have finalized everything we will ask people to register (in spite of participation being free) beforehand for various reasons, so please check this category nearer to the time.

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Die wichtigste Info zur Eisenbein-Tour auf deutsch:

Voraussichtlich am 19. April 2015, 10 Uhr, veranstalten wir eine kleine 80km – Ausfahrt mit alten Rennrädern mit einem 22-25er Schnitt. Kommt bitte auf handgemachten Fahrrädern mit Stahlrahmen vor 1984 (grober Anhaltspunkt). Start ist in 49191 Belm, Marktring, wo es reichlich kostenlose Parkplätze gibt. Es ist ganz schön hügelig bei uns (Route oben im englischen Teil), daher bitte Schaltung und Bremsen checken. Falls mehrere Leute (bitte über die Kommentar-Funktion) sagen, dass es zu viele Hügel sind, können wir das noch ändern.

Die Tour soll Spaß machen, daher schauen wir uns ein paar hübsche Dörfchen an, ein Wasserschloss gibt´s auch unterwegs, und mindestens einen Erfrischungspunkt. Wir werden meist auf kleinen Sträßchen unterwegs sein, nicht überall ist die Straße asphaltiert, also auch die Reifen prüfen, besonders Schlauchreifen.

Wenn alles genau geplant ist, werden wir trotz kostenloser Teilnahme darum bitten sich anzumelden. Also demnächst nochmal diese Blog-Kategorie (Iron Leg) prüfen, ob es etwas neues gibt.

Nu is er ook een Nederlandse versie.

Het plannen van de Ijzeren Been tourtocht is in volle gang. Op dit moment denk ik aan zondag 19 April 2015, vertrek 10 uur. De rit zal worden gehouden in een heuvelachtige omgeving, afstand rond de 80 km, gemiddelte snelheid 22 – 25 km/u. Er zal tenminste één lunchstop zijn met broodjes en frisdrank. De route voert langs diverse rustieke dorpjes en zelfs een kasteel met slotgracht. Een routebeschrijving is beschikbaar in het engels; stuur een comment als het te heuvelachtig is.

Start is in 49191 Belm, Marktring, vanaf een openbare en gratis parkeerplaats, dus geen parkeerproblemen. Belm ligt tegen het Teutoburger woud, vanaf Amerongen is het 222km, vanaf Haarlem 272km, Neerkant 232km, Oudenaarde 420km, Kiel-Windeweer 181km en Voorburg 291km.

Belangrijk in verband met het klimmen en dalen: zorg ervoor dat versnellingen en remmen in goede staat zijn. Idem voor de banden, bespaar jezelf – en anderen- het tube knal feest van Amerongen!

(Vertaling Marten Gerritsen)

Thin Air

Yes, I do think that a book on old planes can be right in a bicycle blog.

Historically, cycle and plane construction were connected, if only by the fact that both bicycle and aeroplane are made as light and as strong as possible at the same time. Also the people who cycled early on often became pilots when they found that planes were faster than cycles.

So my visit to the London RAF Museum this summer was not completely out of keeping, even if this might not have been clear from the outset.

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Former gate guardians made from glass fiber reinforced plastic swooping down on the trusty Volvo

After an extended visit, I chanced onto the museum shop book stall, where donated second hand books on planes are sold. I bought a book with a battered dustjacket because it seemed right even after cursorily leafing through it.

ShapefullIt´s called The Shape of the Aeroplane, was published in 1953 and is not only written by James Hay Stevens (1913-73), an aircraft journalist, but also very ably illustrated by him. I am even tempted to call him the aeroplane Rebour, because the tome abounds with line drawings like these:

HayPistengfightShapejetdet ShapepioneersAlso Hay Stevens had a knack of explaining complicated things in a few words, which together with the drawings makes the book very readable for the non-aircraft engineer. Why can a landing plane suddenly lose its tail, for example, or what was so special about the Junkers Ju 52/3m wing?

ShapebuffetingBack to cycling. Or rather, the common denominator of bikes and planes, like strong, but lightweight structures. Take the Spitfire wing as an example. After reading Hay Stevens, you´ll know.Shapestressedskin

As I write, at least three copies of the book are available on the internet, all in the US, and all of them more expensive than mine. Get one nevertheless.

 

Two more things, once we´re at it. If you want to know still more about how old planes work, you could do worse than getting a set of these:

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They are available on the net off and on, but as prices vary wildly, it pays shopping around or waiting. the books mostly explain about aircraft engines, but these are considered parts of the plane as a whole, and so one learns a lot in general. too. Don´t be put off by the books being in Dutch, it´s easily learned tech language. Some snippets:

VliegtmotorblEngines, of course, are explained in detail, but if you are planning to set up an aeroplane workshop, here´s a layout:

VliegtwerkplOr should you want to learn DC3 instrumentation, this is for you:

Vliegtdc3cockpYou may want to obtain a version printed during WWII under Fascist occupation because there´s loads of info on old German aero engines in those, hard to come by elsewhere, whilst pre-WWII versions will have very old engines explained. Later editions deal with American engines mostly.

Vliegt44And lastly, a superbe example of British excentricity and weird humour. did you know that there´s actually Haynes manuals on old planes? I got the Spitfire one for a quid in a charity shop some years ago, and the Lancaster one off the internet, also cheaply. They are available new, but the new ones are naughtily expensive.

HaynesfullThe similarity to the usual Haynes car or motorbike manuals is what intrigues me and has made me laugh more than once. It´s not only the exterior, but, for example, you are told quite without much ado how you can change the brakes on a Lancaster.

HaynesbrakereplI´m not really quite sure if these manuals are just products of British humour, but perhaps the idea that everyone should have a Spitfire in his or her back yard is not that far fetched in many Brits´ minds. After all, it was their Finest Hour when these planes still flew.

Stalen Ros Utrechtse Heuvelrug – ride 2014

Yesterday one of the greatest old bike rides rides this year took place in a small town near Utrecht, Netherlands.

Am I really starting this way? No, I´m not.

After taking part in last year´s Utrechtse Heuvelrug ride I thought that the amount of hospitality, good humour, company and wonderful bikes in one ride could not be topped, but I was wrong.

As a first sentence, this is not much better, either.

Is there a way to adequately describe the hospitality, the atmosphere and the good company encountered in yesterday´s Utrechtse Heuvelrug ride?

Split infinitive, heck. Oh well, I have to get started somehow. So let´s carry on.

My son, an exchange colleague of mine from Austria and myself loaded ourselves and our bikes into my trusty Volvo and set off at a quarter past eight to cover 220 km of motorway in order to take part in a ride which I had been looking forward to all the time since last year´s had ended. We arrived just on time to get the last available parking space within easy cycling distance of the meeting point, Café Buitenlust, assembled our bikes and right away saw a great number of friendly faces.

XABuitenlXAStartvorMy estimate is that there were no fewer than a hundred participants, most on truly great bicycles. We set off a few minutes after the appointed starting time, and it soon became clear that we were on the same route as last year, only the other way round. I didn´t mind that one bit as I had enjoyed last year´s route greatly with its mix of cycleways and onverhard, not tarmacked paths, some slight rises and loads of miles in the woods.

Soon we came up to a feeding station where we were fed cake and Dutch Ontbijtkoek, literally translated breakfast cake, but just as delicious at noon. Despite the sign saying “office”, there was no registering, no fees, no hassle of any kind, with the organizing family once again paying for all the food and undergoing all the work of preparing the ride by themselves.

XAFood1Now there was time to have a good look at the bikes, and what an openlucht museum people had assembled.

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Some impressions:

XAdttDelhez XAdttFrisol XAdttGaz XAdttGazChampMond XAdttGios XAdttMercier XAdttMerckx XAdttMiele XAdttMiyata XAdttPeug XAdttPina XAdttPresto XAdttReus XAdttTommas XAdttWimath XAdttZieleman, to mention but a few. To my mind, two bikes stood out of the crowd. One was a L´Express, adorned with much patina and great rear dropouts.

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Typical shoddy Nervex workmanship, left untreated in this forkcrown.XAExpressheadlExpressheadl Expressheadtransf Expressmafacs Expressreardo Expressseatcl ExpresstripleStronglAnd look at the non-Nervex seatcluster. I was told by the owner of the Frisol-Zieleman that it´s not his bike, so the Express must be adormed with a mix of lugs.

The other bike that stood out was a Masi Prestige:

XAdttMasiPXAMasibb XAMasiforkcr XAMasiforkleg XAMasiheadtransf XAMasirearbrake XAMasireardo XAMasiseatclHaving regained the road, the group was split by a train at a level crossing, giving me the chance to take a few snaps of the gruppetto.

XAScharnke2 XAschranke1Soon, the next food stop loomed. More wafers with cream, sausages, cookies and Italian Limoncello liquor waited for the none too hungry cyclists, many of which had also partaken of coffee and cake at a cafe stop earlier on.

XAfood2All of the food was very nicely decorated to create an atmosphere of exquisite hospitality, right in the middle of nowhere. Participants were even able to wash their sweaty jerseys.

XAfood2washsnapThey weren´t, of course, the jerseys were part of the decoration.

By then I had given up on taking photos of all of the bikes, there just were too many. I restricted myself to details.

XAbikecrescXAChesOlymp XAChesOlympseatcl XAChromebike XAChromebike2 XAChromebike3 XADelhezheadb XADelhezheadlNervXAPinkJaboOn a more sombre note, we also passed by Grebbeberg Military Cemetary.

XAgrebbenberg1 XAGrebbenberg2Early on in the Second World War, the Dutch Army had tried to resist the invading Wehrmacht in a battle in which 420 Dutch and 250 German soldiers lost their lives. The battle is unconnected with the famous Operation Market Garden which was preceded by the Grebbeberg battle by about four years. It had taken place on 11-13th May 1940 right were the burial place now lies, and the cemetary now is the place where on each 4th May the Dutch national day of remembrance ceremonies are held. There are now about 800 Dutch soldiers buried here.

Back to the ride which did not pass without some technical hitches. There even was talk of a crash, but I couldn´t verify this. Most certainly, though, it was bedevilled by a number of punctures. Several times a sound like a pistol shot would announce another old tubular giving up its ghost. During the procedure to get the bike on the road again, many more conversations would be held, and on one occasion we were even able to watch part of a field hockey game in a location well chosen by the tubular which had blown up.

XAStopflat1XAgroupwoodXAflat2 XAflat3However, the weather was very nice, and so people didn´t mind for the most part, not even watching the game of field hockey. The ride ended considerably later than planned though, but this couldn´t mar the overall phantastic impression it left behind. It´s definitively a “tot volgend jaar”, see you next year.

Can I end the post like this? Guess so.

Guerciotti For Sale

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Xfullbeauty lives quite near to me, and its current owner is compelled to sell it for medical reasons. No, it´s not that his heart rate goes up every time he sees it. I took the opportunity to play with it for an hour or so before it goes and as a consequence can share these photos.

If anyone of you is interested, drop me a line via the comments and I´ll pass your email on to the owner. The bike is 55cm c/c, and the asking price is 850 Euros. The bike needs a good service, but the chrome will clean up well.

I usually do not advertise bikes for sale on this blog, but once I had taken the photos I thought I might make an exception from my rule. Let me add that I do not own the bike, I have not fixed the price and I have no financial interests in the sale. Any agreement will be made between the current owner and the prospective buyer. My recompense will be a couple hundred views on the blog, I hope.

So, here we go:

Xbbshell Xbbshellb XbbshellrearXbrakebridgeXcabletoptube Xchainhook XchainstaycablestopXforkcr Xrearder3 XreardoXtubetransfXtttransf1The fly is not supposed to be part of the ointment, but if the buyer insists we might find another one. Now for the stuff hung from the frame.Xfronthub XftderXhandlebars Xheadset

Xrearder2 XrearderXbrakeXbrifterXcrankXrimBack to the frame. The paintwork really is nice, the colours being very subtle. From the distance the frame appears to be silver coloured, approaching it one realizes that there is a sophisticated paint scheme, albeit with a few light scratches.

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New Veteran Bike Ride?

I´ve been thinking about staging a veteran bike ride, once again after 17 years, if people will find it interesting. The Iron Leg ride could take place in our moderately hilly Teutoburger Wald which is dotted with loads of touristy and less touristy sights. For the Dutch I could call it Yzeren Been, I´d love that, sounds a bit like a 1920s race in Flanders, although of course it won´t be a race.

Anyone? Drop me a line via the comments.

Still Older Than the Bike

Last week I took my Dürkopp on another shakedown ride. I worked it a little harder than before, so I think I can now say that it rides well; the frame is responsive in spite of it being too small for me and rather stiff, which I like. It goes where you point it even on descents and in sharp bends. The AR feels lovely and smooth and changes well. Let´s hope it stays that way; I wouldn´t want to start hunting for spares for this really rare hub.

I fitted a TA bottle cage to the handlebars and a handlebar bag as a small saddlebag under the saddle rails. I think that with these the long stems don´t look all that lanky anymore.

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The light was quite warm, so I took my camera along and made a point to visit some sights near the place where I live. I started off at the Sundermannsteine which are the remains of a 5,000 year old neolithical burial place. They are situated near a road with a speed limit of 70 kph, and when re-mounting my bike after taking the snaps, a car zoomed by at a speed which felt like double that. I was glad not to have been on the road at that moment.

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I then went to visit a very old church. It´s named after St. Dionysius and was erected in the middle of the 13th century making use of a still older building. It has been extensively re-built since, but many structural parts are 800 years old.

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The cemetary which had been in use since the ninth century was given up in 1922. It was moved a hundred metres down the road.

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Here our forebears found their last resting places 800 – 1922

So with nice weather, a fine bike and a well chosen route, even a lowly shakedown ride can become quite an exquisite pleasure.

Lastly, for those of you who wonder where my ride report of  last weekend´s Huissen Tandjeterug ride is: I didn´t go. I was taken in by the horrible weather forecast which proved only partially true, and also I just couldn´t face the motoring. Taking part would have meant nearly 400 km of driving, and I´m afraid I like driving less and less, fast approaching the point where I´ll just reduce it to the bare necessary minimum for my job, which is about 20.000 km per year anyway. Let´s see if I`ll make it to Amerongen.

H Williamson – or the end of it

Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the Williamson frame is useless after all. I had been daft enough to do a lot of work on the bike before checking out the headset. What had happened I´m not sure, however, this is what´s left of the lower headrace:

DamraceIt has been worn away on the half that used to point to the front.

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And this is what the race did to the fork column…DamForkcolside DamForkcr

… and the fork crown. The column could probably be replaced, but the bad thing is that the groove in the crown is really deep and will have weakened it.

Also the race wore away the front half of the lower headlug, and this is what to my mind has killed the frame off. The front half of the lug is only paper thin now – compare it with the rear half – and a ridge has formed where the worn away metal used to be.Damlug DamLug2 My guess is that the damage must have started right when the bike was quite new – possibly a fault during fitting, or a part which had the wrong measurements, but the outcome is catastrophic. It would have been so nice to have had a 62cm frame from the thirties – at least the many good and rare parts are worth the money I paid for the bike.

If I should ever have the chance again to work on a bike with a British headclip headset, I will certainly look there first.

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