A New Bike

To the New Bike:

You are a beauty! I have tried you out, and what a difference I have found from the old faithful. You are as light as a feather and jump forward at the slightest touch of the pedal. At first, I felt little advantage, but now, after a few weeks, I find out what I have been missing. Truthfully speaking, you are a revelation to me in ease and smooth, free running, and incidentally a credit to your maker. As I now write (June 1 – five weeks after taking delivery) I am looking back over the rides you have given me, and I find such places as incomparable Dovedale, bleak Moel Famau, the sylvan beauty of Nant-y-Garth, the cyclist’s shrine, Meriden, and all its associations have already been made into past rides. Five Sunday runs, and four of them centuries – and all of them covered in hitherto unknown ease.

Grubb Roadster

I have not got you for an ornament, for I intend to get as much out of you as I can – and you will not always look clean and neat, for the kind of riding that Tom Idle and I do makes that impossible. Anyhow, let’s see how you go on, and how you stand the rough tracks, river-beds, sewers – and all that is not a road !

The present specification is as follows:

Maker F H Grubb Brampton fittings
Frame 22” inch ‘A’ quality tubing, disc adjusting bracket, rear forkend forward opening, straight, tapered chain and seat stays, front forks ‘D’ to round, slotted, wheelbase 44” inches
Wheels 26” x 1” and a quarter, Dunlop steel rims, Brampton ‘Superb’ hubs, Grubb wing nuts
Tyres Constrictor ‘Python’ Speeds
Saddle Brooks B10 no.1 (Changed, first B17 – narrower, then B70, now B19 champion)
Chainwheel and Cranks Williams best quality 5 screw 46 teeth, 6.5 inch cranks
Pedals Stonehouse no. 43
Chain Brampton, changed to Renold
Brake Front only, Bowden calliper – 2nd quality.
Handlebars Continentals 18 inch with Y drop, adjustable clip, changed to Marsh 15 inch
Mudguards Bluemels ‘Noweight’, stay fitting, extra
Pump Bluemels
Gear 63” and 66.4” changed to 59.8” and 63”, both fixed