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.
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|
|Gear||63” and 66.4” changed to 59.8” and 63”, both fixed|