Unfortunately time passed and the once proud bike lay in the box until recently. Equipped with a new house, a garage and "the will" I started to think about the old girl and what I should do with her. I'm no bike mechanic but recently I've loved getting greasy and taking things apart primarily so I'm not stuck in front of a computer or TV screen when I get home after work and I find it fun, relaxing and rewarding.
All sorts of ideas passed, I'd like to do a proper resotration one day but right now I thought I'd turn it into a Path Racer type, more a renovation I guess. I already have a Pashley Guv'nor but still quite fancied having a go and do one for myself. Anyway I bit the bullet, chose the Path Racer direction and off I went.
First job was the paint, the friendly gents at Full Range Finishing Ltd; Letchworth, Herts (UK) finished and I picked up the frame and forks on 26th Feb. Hmm, did I chose the right colour, we'll see!
26" 1 3/8 Westwood rims (£25.52 x 2 = £51.04) from SJS Cycyles were also ordered as where CREAM Delta Cruiser Schwable tyres following the Guvnor theme (they use 28")...£12.99 x 2 = £25.98
Westwoods close up
Not looking too bad...painted frame and rims £70 cash...done!!
I slapped on "Gunn & Co Complete Chrome Traditional Fork Head Set" (£17) and "Gunn & Co Quill Handle Bar Stem" (£26) from The Old Bicycle Showroom. The headset is a bit low rent to be honest but the quill looks nicely made. Headset stays for now.
This might just work; mind you £255.02 so far, this is not going to be cheap!