AS DECEMBER APPROACHES WE ARE LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF THE BICYCLES WE HAVE WORKED ON OVER THE YEAR. I WILL POST SOME PICTURES OVER THE NEXT MONTH FOR YOU ALL TO SEE. THIS IS A LOVELY EVANS TOURING CYCLE THAT WE RESTORED FOR ALISON AS HER RETIREMENT PRESENT TO HER SELF. SHE HAD BEEN LOOKING TO BUY A MODERN TOURING BICYCLE TO REPLACE HER OLD EVANS WHICH SHE BOUGHT IN THE 70’s, SHE TRIED MANY NEW BIKES AND THEN GOT BACK ON THE EVANS, STILL IN ITS TIRED STATE, IT STILL RODE FAR BETTER THAN ANY OF THE MODERN EQUIVALENTS. SHE THEN CAME TO US TO BREATH NEW LIFE INTO THE TIRED OLD EVANS SO THAT IT WOULD REALLY BE THE BEST BIKE FOR HER TO RIDE DURING HER RETIREMENT. THE BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES SPEAK FOR THEM SELVES BUT A FEW KEY IMPROVEMENTS WE MADE WERE: BUILDING A NEW PAIR OF WHEELS FOR HER FROM THE LOVELY ORIGINAL CAMPAGNOLO HUBS WITH MAVIC OPEN SPORT RIMS, NEW BROOKS BAR TAPE AND ALL THE ORIGINAL PARTS THAT WE KEPT WERE FULLY TAKEN APPART CLEANED POLISHED AND RE-GREASED.
HAPPY RETIREMENT ALISON.
CHRISTMAS IS FAST APPROACHING AND WE ARE BUSY RESTORING, REBUILDING AND SERVICING ALL MANOR OF CYCLES INCLUDING THIS LOVELY AND RARE HOLDSWORTH WHIRLWIND, FOR OUR FRIENDS AT RECOIL-LIFE IN MACAU. THEY ARE BUSY SETTING UP A NEW SHOP IN MACAU AND WANT A FEW AUTHENTIC VINTAGE RACERS TO SIT ON THE WALL ALONG SIDE THEIR AMAZING HIGH END TITANIUM BICYCLES. THIS WHIRLWIND WAS IN A ‘BARN FIND’ STATE, THEY WANTED US TO RETAIN THIS UNTOUCHED LOOK BUT TO ENSURE IT HAD ALL THE PERIOD CORRECT PARTS. THIS WHIRLWIND HAS SOME INTERESTING AND RARE PARTS ON IT INCLUDING STEEL GB SPEARPOINT STEM, STEEL CINELLI HANDLEBARS WITH RAISED CLAMP ARE AND BENELUX 7 PLUNGER GEAR. WHIRLWINDS ARE RARE BEASTS AND WERE ONLY PRODUCED BETWEEN 1951 AND ’58, THIS ONE IS DATED BETWEEN ‘52 AND ’53.
WE ALSO CURRENTLY HAVE 50+ COMPLETE BICYCLES READY TO ROLL OUT OF THE SHOP, WE WILL BE LISTING THESE ON OUR WEB SITE AND EBAY OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO SO KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT VENTURED UP HERE YET IT IS DIRECTLY ABOVE THE OLD SHOP ON THE MAIN ARCHWAY ROAD WITHIN THE OLD RICHARDSON’S FURNITURE SHOP. WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF FINISHING IT OFF BUT WE ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH SOME GREAT NEW STOCK, A BRILLIANT NEW OFFICE, WORKSHOP AND ALL IMPORTANT SHOW ROOM.
The new address is:
Vintage Bike Cave.
191 – 199 Archway Road,
Still the same old telephone and email:
t. 020 83416307
Don’t forget to check out our EBAY page, Graham has been super busy tapping away on his keyboard and listing lots and lots of items for auction. Please keep checking it as we will be listing solidly over the next few weeks and there should be some real treasures coming up.
All the best for now, team VBC
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This special frame is not one of ours but belongs to a lovely collector called Brian. He bought it into us today as he has decided he does not have time to build it up and give it the treatment it really deserves; he is subsequently selling it. The frame is a L. Ephgrave path frame dating from the early 1950’s possibly 51 or 52. The bottom bracket is stamped L E and has the serial 2782. The frame also has a wonderful paint scheme with very rare and original Ephgrave transfers. For more information or if you wish to purchase this frame please get in touch via the contact page.
VINTAGE BUTCHERS BICYCLE WITH SIGN PERFECT FOR ADVERTISING OR TWEED RUN CB58£215.00
VINTAGE PASHLEY BUTCHERS BICYCLE WITH SIGN PERFECT FOR ADVERTISING OR TWEED RUN£275.00
VINTAGE 58.5CM DOUBLE TOP TUBE ROADSTER BICYCLE PERFECT FOR TWEED RUN CB56£245.00
VINTAGE 58.5CM RALEIGH ROADSTER PERFECT CHRISTMAS OR TWEED RUN PRESENT CB55£175.00
VINTAGE 56CM JAMES ROADSTER PERFECT CHRISTMAS OR TWEED RUN PRESENT CB54£225.00
VINTAGE 58.5CM RALEIGH SUPERBE ROADSTER PERFECT CHRISTMAS OR TWEED RUN PRESENT CB50£175.00
VINTAGE RALEIGH KIDS ROADSTER BICYCLE PERFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT CB51£125.00
VINTAGE 59CM BLACK RALEIGH ROADSTER PERFECT CHRISTMAS OR TWEED RUN PRESENT CB53£165.00