Sunday, 24 April 2016

Viking Progress

I've spent the afternoon starting to clean up the bits for the Viking. I bid for and won a Simplex gear shifter yesterday, so pretty much got everything I need.

The frame is ready to spray, just waiting for it to warm up a bit. It just needs a final sanding before the first acid etch primer coat.

The left hand crank is a bit grotty, the chrome has largely come off.  I'll probably just polish it up as best I can.  The right crank is not so bad.

I did spend a lot of time on the front brake caliper, probably about two hours cleaning and polishing.  I've filled the GB stamping with red nail varnish.  It needs another coat and some careful polishing but I think its looking good.

One disappointment was,  after cleaning them up,  both bottom bracket cups are cracked.  Fortunately I've got a few spares so not a disaster.

Rourke's rang the other day saying they were due to start painting the Ian Steel,  so hopefully I can start building that in a few weeks

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


Jayne and I have just got back from the Bristol Bespoked bike show.   While we were there we ran into Rebecca Olds of an had a very nice chat in which she berated me for going on about our tandems but not posting any pictures online.  So I am here to remedy this.

First some pictures of the newest tandem, an Orbit Lightning Spirit.

Some pictures of the aluminium Lightning we swapped for the Spirit

The Swallow in its final guise

As a triple

And finally in its original guise