It's not a race at all, it's about the love right?
Dad used it a lot back in the mid 80's as his commute from our house to Aldermaston station. Thank goodness no-one nicked it or damaged it, because I'd never have that confidence to leave it outside for that length of time. (I have heart attacks leaving my steeds outside locked up for 10 minutes!)
Of course it was also used at weekends. I have fond memories of him taking the lead whilst me and my brother peddled behind on our machines (Raleigh Mustang - 2nd / 3rd hand - no BMX's!) trying to keep up. As we got older and more confident we'd over-take but be told to get behind soon enough. Happy days on country lanes.
The paintwork shows up well in the pictures but as you'll see in next weeks close up shots it's not perfect. The top tube has the worst of it with minor scratches that have since rusted a little. They've cleaned up well but they are very noticeable close up. It's still in remarkable condition for the age and there are no dings, let alone dents. Even the wheels are pretty true.
Even though it's lived in a shed these last 10 years or so, it was and still is loved - this is just it's mid-life cosmetic spruce up - we all need it now and then