Evening all, nice site,
This me, we are too poor/ backwards for colour and safety gear
I am old enough to remember cottered cranks and 5 speed racers.
In my callow youth I learned on a black bike ( £3) with oil caps at the bearings and rod brakes, graduating to a purple "Nicholson " special ( £60 new 1970)5 speed racer from Nicholsons in Dundee, trashed my absent brothers ten speed with alloy rims and tubulars that came off on corners (1973), had a 1939 Viking tandem ( free from high school French teacher Don Smith who had used it for his honeymoon with a cyclemotor clip on) till I got a Motorcycle, after crashing that , I had a green 3 speed Raleigh (£5 from a flat mate in Dundee)) with fully enclosed chain for physio and commuting which was the least hassle bike ever.
When kids came along I had a 10 speed BSA tour de france (£25 from a guy at work), with a back seat for touring round tiree, my son absconded with it when he grew up eventually the drive side chain stay broke and we used the bits off it to make an old Ernie Clements frame ( £20) live again
Fixed for surf touring.
This left a space in the shed which is now filled with
this Tsunoda aero ax
which I found in a skip.
Im more of a motorcyclist than a cyclist, but I do enjoy the silence and simplicity of a thrash along a glen with no crachhelmet and leathers.