My great Uncle died last year. If it wasn't for his influence I don't think I would have the interest, passion or obsession with cycles and cycling.
He bought the bike in the 1940's, I'm sure he said it had been stored somewhere for ten years before it became his, that's why I'm guessing it's a 1930's bike. The re-paint that has been done is worse than awful, so it will get changed when funds allow.
It's amazing, a Simplex three speed, GB Hiduminium calipers and levers and Brooks B15 saddle that were all upgrades.
I have photo's of him with this bike touring Ireland in 1949 and also following the 1952 Tour de France. It's awesome to think that the Italian and Austrian Alps could be tackled on a bike with these gear ratio's and total weight.
The bike has more sentimental value than anything else, but when I restore it would it be wrong to have cable guides brazed on and fit more recent equipment to make it a usable bike?! It would be sad to have an unused museum piece as opposed to a bike that would make me smile with every ride