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Eroica Britannia 2016: we did it!

This is a long overdue post! As anticipated in previous posts, Ale and me signed up to Eroica Britannia 2016. We both spent a considerable amount of time repairing a couple of “old ladies” (Raleigh and Holdsworth) which required a lot of TLC, and spent even more time trying to find the right kit to […]

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Diciottodieci in Wonderland

Last Saturday, Ale and myself decided to catch two birds with a stone (almost three): take the “old ladies” (aka Eroica bikes)  for a test ride, and visit Herne Hill Velodrome. The vintage bikes test ride was sort of ok (Ale’s Holdsworth responded well, my Raleigh had a few issues with the rear wheel and very […]

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1978 Holdsworth Championship – part II

I could finally move to the exciting part of the restoration: rebuild the bike, starting with the brakes fitted with new brake blocks (I tinkered for a while with the idea of leather insert pads, but settled for standard rubber), the hardly shiny wheels fitted with new tubes but the original tyres (which look brand […]

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Holdsworth Championship 1978 – the other restoration project – part 1

Here’s the Holdsworth side of the restoration story! If you have read the Captain’s blog posts, you know we’ve signed up for a leisurely 100 miles ride somewhere in the North, in June. So, I headed down to my local ebay shop looking for a suitable bike to tidy up, ride and sell (well, that […]

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Raleigh Record Sprint 1983 restoration – pt. 2

(Part 1) Once the frame was clean, I noticed a few rust spots here and there. As I wrote before, I didn’t want to spend too much money to repaint the whole thing. Enter nail polish! At this point I was glad I chose a black bike, because finding the right color to do touch […]

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Raleigh Record Sprint 1983 restoration – pt. 1

Immediately after we signed up for Eroica Britannia, the hunt for an appropriate bike started. One big issue for both me and Ale was to find a large enough frame (we are both around 190cm tall). Apparently in the 70s and 80s people were a bit shorter than nowadays. As usual, Ebay is your friend […]

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Eroica Britannia 2016 here we come!

Three esteemed members of 18/10 (Ale, Marco and Mo) have decided to punish themselves (and their respective wives) and entered Eroica Britannia 2016 (19th of June) which starts and ends in Bakewell, Peak District. Since we are young, strong and fearless, we entered the long ride, which according to the official website is 100 miles […]

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First “club ride”… and a very long one!

Last Saturday four brave men (Ale, Mo, Daniele and myself) set out to ride to Brighton and come back on the same day, following this route. It is basically following the BHF London to Brighton route down, and another route we found online via Devil’s Dyke on the way back. The expected distance was 173 km from Earlsfield […]

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