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 new), handlebar and cranks.

Rebuild has started

Rebuild has started

The observant reader would have noticed that I was allowed by the wife to work indoors. Benefit of working on a clean vintage bike and having a wife that loves anything vintage. My body temperature, posture and fingertips will be forever grateful!

With the refit of the cranks came the second intervention of a professional bike mechanic, but this time I also learned a new trick. The female thread of the right hand crank was slightly damaged: nothing dramatic but enough not to be able to screw the pedal in without having to force it. Faced with the option of having to buy about 30£ worth of tap and die set, I invested in another trip to the shop (CycleSurgery, this time), where the mechanic offered to fix it for 10£. Deal! He then discovered that my pedals are not the standard 9/16” 20 TPI (so, thankfully I hadn’t invested 30£ in the wrong tools), but explained that all was needed was to thread the pedal in the crank from the back side, so that the male thread would clean the female. Easy!

With the pedal and the crank in hand, rebuild could continue: gear, brakes, cables and seat post. Funny enough, the old 26.4 mm seat post had to be replaced with a new 26.2 mm, which makes me think I’ve got 0.1 mm of rust coating inside the frame. I also needed a new washer on the seat clamp bolt in order for it to hold the post. The saddle is a new “old style” Holdsworth, courtesy of Planet-X.

Let's hope it's comfortable

Let’s hope it’s comfortable

Thankfully the only one I could find was enough

The extra washer required to grip the tube.

Nice and clean.

Nice and clean.

Some bits do actually shine!

Some bits do actually shine!

And with the bar tape fitted (a job most likely to be re-done properly) the bottle cage back in position and only one washer left in the yogurt tub, all is left to do is fit the chain (Marco never told me I had to shorten it!) and adjust gear, brakes and riding position!

Nearly there

Nearly there

Oh, and I should train too, shouldn’t I?

Injuries: one, not serious.

It was more painful once I burst it

It was more painful once I burst it

Next and last post for the final pictures and a round up of the budget.

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