Just got back with the bikes and have posted pictures All Help and advice as to where to start and how far to go etc gratefully received.
I really don't want to cock this up so please be brutally honest about the bike/restoration propects and what to put on it or not as the case may be.
Thanks in anticipation THM
My first post in the road section.
Went out on my first retro road ride on saturday and very much brought a knife to a gunfight as i turned up on an MTB on slicks.
Seeing the lovely old bikes it got me thinking back to a conversation I had had a while ago with my father-in-law. Apparently in about 1953, when he was in the army, he and a friend bought an Armstrong frame as a base for a bike as they were both into cycling. Well to cut a long story short, I have just spoken to him and he has agreed to my restoring the bike as it has been in his shed for possibly 40+ years. He said he also has another frame that he bought around that time to strip for parts to swap onto the completed Armstrong.
I have no idea of the condition of the bike(s) and am going up there on Sunday to help him uncover them. Interesting eh?
To his recollection it could be a 21/22inch frame so hopefully might just squeeze onto it. In any case, would be nice to get it on the road.
I am not interested in price/value as it's going nowhere. Are Armstrongs rare and should this be a 'period as possible' build or a 'reliable respectful' one? I'm open to persuasion either way.
Will keep you posted and would be grateful for any advice as to which specialised tools I will need to get/borrow, imperial?, anything weird? to carefully and properly strip and rebuild this.
Of course this could all be academic if all we find is rust and dust
No sleep till Sunday!