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    By chance I've just come across a photo of the original owner of this Gillott.

    I wonder if he rode as a Vet? He looks in good condition in this pic - certainly better than the condition of the photo itself, which I've borrowed from a 1971 Cycling.

    Incidentally, John Dennis was a Pedal Club member, although before my time.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I think the first front changer is a Nuovo Record ('70's/80's) the second is a Gran Sport (50's /60's) the rear mech is also a Gran Sport. Some one will certainly want them, but I don't think you'll be able to give up the day job!

    The Cyclings also have some value - just the number of them must make the whole lot worth something. I would be interested in at least some of the pre-war editions.

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    The Pedal Club is a 'one of a kind' cycling club. Essentially it is a debating forum (and lunch club) open to people who have made a mark on the world of cycling. It is London based.

    I have been a member for some time*, and I have taken a few lfgss users along as guests.

    Rather than trying to give a full explanation of the club I'dlike to refer you to the club's web site, which will give you a much better idea of the club than I could here:


    I've recently started writing reports on each lunch meeting, and I intend to post links here ( unless you tell me they're too boring to be on lfgss)

    I'd certainly be interested in any feedback,particularly about the website.

    It must be admitted that Pedal Club members tend to be old, but in two of the three recent reports linked below our speakers have been right at the cutting edge: Victoria Hood is a passionate advocate of women's racing, and has strong views on the transgender issue, while Jeremy Ford's talk on African cycling came just a few days before an Eritrean stage victory in the Giro.

    Anyway, here are the last three reports:




    *I'm not at all sure that I'm really qualified to be there with the great and the good of cycling, but I managed to sneak in somehow without anyone examining my credentials too closely!

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    I think your work might have potential, but I'd like to make two suggestions:

    1. On your example, the base colour finish is not really good enough to justify the effort you've put into the artwork.

    2. You should consider lacquering (varnishing) over the artwork, ideally both would be done in stoving enamel. In any case make sure (by experimenting) that none of the paints used react badly with each other.

    Good Luck with your project!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Ron Brown (Hounslow) 100

    A reminder - the closing date for this event is next Tuesday 17th May.

    I admit to recycling this potted history of the event, but I think it's still relevant to anyone considering entering for the first time.

    The Ron Brown Memorial 100

    This event has a long tradition which goes back long before it came under Hounslow ‘management’. It had a previous existence as the Calleva Road Club 100 and was first promoted as an open event during the second world war, but it was originally run in the 1930’s as a club event. When this legendary club ran into difficulties in the mid fifties the Hounslow stepped into the breach and has run it continuously since 1956.

    Over the years the promoting club has often provided the winning rider as well as the marshals, here in roughly chronological order: Kevin Fairhead (2 Wins) Jeff Marshall (2), Martyn Roach (4), Colin Roshier (3), Robin Jackson (1) and more recently Paul Holdsworth with two wins. The Hounslow has also shown an impressive consistency in the team award category, having taken the prize thirty times out of sixty possible occasions.
    It would be wrong to imagine this is in any way a ‘club’ event and many past winners from other clubs have been on their way to winning that year’s BBAR championship, for example: Brian Kirby (1961), Ant Taylor (1969) and Michael Hutchinson (2000). Hutchinson’s victory is perhaps the most notable since it was his first ever attempt at the distance, and his main reason for entering was to get a qualifying time for that year’s championship 100; his winning time- 3.38.26!

    Although the history may be interesting, the event is not stuck in the past. The 2016 edition provided a new course and event record by Keiron Davies who, as a novice 100 miler, recorded a stunning 3.27.34. The previous course record was held by five time winner Adam Topham (3.34.01) and the event record dated from its last promotion as National Championship in 1997 when Kevin Dawson won with 3.29.03.

    The Hounslow hopes that all entrants will again be offered the best of the time trial tradition combined with an opportunity to record a fast 100 time.

    The attached pic. is Jeff Marshall turning into Pangbourne Lane near the finish of the 1961 event. He was just twenty at the time and it was his first attempt at the distance. He went on to win it the next year - Jeff will be out helping yet again this year!

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Hot Melt Glue

    Here is a radical but simple solution to the seat post problem - forget the clamp, just use hot melt glue.

    Clive Bonavia (google him) was an eccentric but excellent frame builder who used this method on all his later frames. He said it had three benefits: it saved him the trouble of making any kind of clamp, it saved the weight of the clamp and, most importantly, it prevented any water getting into the frame past the clamp (a common problem, causing corrosion).

    Clive's main business was joinery, so he knew all about glue. Although I think this material was intended for wood, it seems to work perfectly for this purpose. It can be reheated any number of times to adjust the seat post, and the amount of heat required to free the glue does not damage the paint.

    You should be aware that I'm just quoting Clive here, I'm not writing from personal experience, but in my experience he was always right about these technical matters.

    So I suggest you google 'hot melt glue', and don't forget to clean and degrease everything before assembly!

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    How about touching it in with phosphoric acid? (One trade name for this is 'Kurust').

    Don't forget to degrease it first - that is, remove the wax you put on it.

    Many steel frames were said to be 'Bonderized' which was a form of phosphating, and it's quite possible that's why your frame hasn't rusted already.

    I would touch it in with paint afterwards. If you can find a matt or eggshell touch up colour it will be less noticeable than using gloss.

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    Sprints and 26" pressures

    Once upon a time there were 26" tubulars, but I doubt whether any useable tubs still exist in this size. The gap as shown on the front of John Dennis's Gillott looks as though it was intended for use with conventional 700's (tubs, naturally).

    It was common practice to use ex racing frames intended for sprints for hack work using 26's and mudguards.

    Did anyone race on pressures? Yes, they certainly did - it's not easy today to understand just how poverty stricken young people were in the past, and we need to remember that most racing cyclists were young. In 1935 Keith Mosedale (Calleva RC, born 1916) had a sensational victory in the Bath Road 100 on pressures with steel rims. I can't find the exact time this morning, but I think it was a comp. record. I must admit the fact that he was not on sprints was seen to be newsworthy, but you can guarantee he wasn't unique.

    Brake Callipers
    I would use Weinmann 500's on this bike. Perhaps not strictly contemporary, but very similar basic callipers to those that were available. And they work, although if there's going to be much in the way of hills, I'd certainly want two of them!

    BTW the number is the drop to the brake blocks, so you don't want 810's.

    Good luck with the ride.

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    No more than 5 out of 10 for Google's effort at translation here.

    There always seems to be a problem with the word coureur. Jock Wadley tried to use it for his 'Sporting Cyclist' magazine, but had to give up in the end. Gerry Burgess used it for his brakes, but many heard it as 'courier'.

    The word comes from the verb 'courir', basic meaning : to run, and 'coureur' can mean a runner, but I'd say that in most cases the first thing it means to most French speakers is a racing cyclist, which is how any human translator would render it in this passage.