Which bike station do you work at ?
Not to be confused with any other bike station outside of the 3 in our wee group. Them being Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.
I gather its an oft used name
Heres the website.http://www.thebikestation.org.uk/
Well it has arrived.
is all about the oddest seller ive encountered, just cant figure out if he is a rider,collector, general businessman type or what. He apparently knows a few people i know of in the old roadie game but hadnt heard of people i know to be involved
As expected the frame number is hard to decipher. It could be I52 though the I looks more like a 1 and the 5 could be a 6 which would confuse things further as the nervex lugs are i think numbered as model 162
At this stage im still pretty much in the dark. Though it is a fs for sure.
Stated as 1959 but the forks which are the same colour are im sure 57 or 58 ,Certainly the fork crown is '58 pattern.
The dropouts are odd also in that they look like the campagnolo and also the Modified Simplex Rear. The fork dropout according to the web is cyclo (1958)
The frames have the drilled through for the tension adjuster(all new things this road game
) but the simplex didnt feature that, only the campag and the Zeus(Spanish maker)
At some point the mech hanger looks like it was cut off
The seat stay bridge is correct but the additional one for the brake stop(?) isnt a usual feature. It is featured on some of the frames ive seen (earliest being i think about 1956) but its all lending to the confusion im facing .
Condition as present-
A bit poor tbh with lots of rust spots and the paints hasnt survived to well Given the amount of old bikes ive seen its been stored in a shed for probably a good 10 years.
That said the rust that is in larger patches and in critical areas like the stays is not bad and i quickly brought that back to bare metal using only some 180 grit and literally a minute's rubbing. the big patch on the top tube is much the same and sanded back pretty quickly
Havent touched the BB yet and i think it best i take it to the BS incase i need a loan of some proper BB tools. Plus the 3 or so long term managers/mechanics employed by us.
The headset came apart pretty easily but inside though undamaged wasnt looked after and the bearings wil need replacing. Thankfully the races are ok,its a part id like to keep on it even though theres better and lighter out there.
I'll take it into b/station ant remove the BB today ill p[op out the headset cups at the same time.. From there ill strip it completely except for one section.
On the seat tube is the 'The Scot' decal and it is my intention to mark a rectangle around it and strip back to that point. the reason for this is in Professional restoration it is good practice to leave some of the original finish somewhere so future restorers can match it if it is to be brought back to original colour(We dont really own them, just holding them a while
I feel i could talk about this all day so i best leave it at that
Some pics tonight i think .
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