That bicycle is a peach - get it in BoTM pronto!
What's the story behind the find??
I'm the third owner of No.5. The original owner was an American, probably Armed forces, as the bike has been around the world on various postings but ended up back in East Anglia. c.2005 It was then acquired by a fellow member of the Veteran Cycle Club, who like the original owner visited Geoff back in the '80's but could not afford one at the time. I aquired the bike from Tim in early 2008, and apart from changing the pedals and a service, I have done nothing to the machine. As Graham pointed out in his Birthday ride report, he did advise me to drop the tyre pressures for the muddy conditions. So far it has been mainly used on Bridleways and some road mileage, but even with 60 psi Clelands are a bit sluggish on road. Off road with 15 psi and they are in their element, never has mud been so much fun....honest. Unfortunately lost out badly in the "Keeping the Chain Clean" competition, but will try harder next year.
Believed to be one of only two machines supplied in all black finish, this bike is in near original condition [thanks Graham - for the loan of the chain guard] requiring just minor mods to the rear rack, a TA chainset and the addition of a new set of transfers to add [Thanks Geoff] to bring it back into spec. All in all a rare machine and a most enjoyable way to get off road. Note, if you attend next year, Deerstalker, shirt, tie,Plus fours and tweed jacket are compulsory :) keepin' it low and slo', Jan