Tuesday, 29 April 2008
So this is my new old bike. She answers to the name "Audrey Hepburn"and she is one demanding lady. She has some absolutely beautiful features though. Primarily amongst them some pretty well established rust and a desire to shed spokes like there's no tomorrow. This is the current view that a rider would behold if she were willing to be cycled:
Not so pretty with the rust, but totally enchanting if it's actually in front of you. This is what she looks like from the front.
The brakes are 2 long bars, shaped very like the handle bars, but a little bit lower. They are very comfortable to hold. The rear one is actually working! The handlebars themselves are very curved so you hold them like you would hold say the arms of a hedge clippers. They are remarkably comfortable and will be really handy for fitting on the inside of cars and busses.
My plan is to take her apart piece by piece and de-rust and clean everything thoroughly. I'll replace any parts that are beyond repair but fix up as much as i can. I'm really looking forward to tackling the rear hub - it's an internal 3 gear system which are reputedly foolish to take apart. Nice one! When everything is clean, possibly repainted and varnished etc i'll put her back together and hope for a miracle.