Posts Tagged ‘singlespeed’

Feather Hotness.

June 22, 2010

Ricky from Feather cycles is killing it. I thought his initial offerings were good but these are serious, Feather’s gone from strength to strength!

Just peep his latest offerings, I think you’ll agree that he’s doing an utterly fantastic job and that green Rando is straight off the hook ( street slang for really good ).

I certainly know where I’ll be going for my custom roady! You do me nice price?

She calls it “The Team Pro”.

March 11, 2009

After being donated a nice 531 Raleigh frame by Jon, a fine reader of Spinwell I set about ( slowly ) building this.

The follow up to the Raleigh Riva.


I felt more satisfaction building this than with my personal ride, perhaps due to the fact that I hadn’t just gripped a load of products off the internet for the build.

Almost every facet of this bike has come from someone or someplace different and all ( bar the grips ) came from round here, in Birmingham by way of friends and associates and on one occasion ( when the components to make up a front wheel were needed ) a retail establishment.

I contemplated powder coating it but no. There is a certain appeal about a cycle that looks like it has seen a decade or three. I feel ( especially with this one, having my favourite frame colourway and all ) that a coat of gloss would just erase the lot, not to mention the original decals.

I can’t wait to get my ‘beater’ bike built, I think I want it to look just like this.

To Jon – Thanks again!

She is now single.

January 27, 2009

It read something like ‘Ladies Bike, 10 gears, Good condition, £25’ ‘Buy it now’ on Ebay so without a great deal of thought I pressed the button and bought it.

So off I went to Coventry and paid the man for the beauty that is the Raleigh Riva.

You see the lady, she wanted a bicycle so I, being the nice fellow that I am got one for her and she loved it. Up until the point last week where the ‘Beauty that is the Raleigh Riva’ turned into the heap of junk that is the Raleigh Riva. “This thing is a god damn piece of dog sh*t!” she shouted to me while we were cycling up Bradford street, well I say cycle, I was cycling, she was struggling.

Every single time there was a mere possibility of the thing going over a bump it would momentarily change gear, thus resulting in a ‘Crack!’ followed by unrepeatable curses and more importantly a real tough time for the rider attempting to climb the hill. No momentum here folks.

“Just tune em” I hear you holler. I did all that, several times. I am a bad boy mechanic if I do say so myself and I knew straight away that the poor old Sachs rear mech was not long for this world, Nor might I add were the barely operating plastic thumb shifters mounted to the stem. It had all gone horribly wrong, this thing that had started out so lovely had turned into a “piece of dog sh*t” as Amy put it.

On the only day off we get together due to work commitments we set about ripping the tired gears off because ladies and gentlemen Amy was relinquishing the option to change gear ratios whilst in transit.
She wanted it ‘singlespeed’.

The oil caked front and rear mechanisms came off a treat, just a couple of nuts undone and it is almost over. Next we put on a new chainring to replace the large and heavily worn out biopace ring, selected an appropriate gear on the rear cassette, shortened the chain, removed the non working rear brake, Pannier rack and mud guards and it is over. Apart from cosmetics of course! I had to do it, I had these bits lying around so…. BMX flats and Gold Finger lever attached. Done.

No more gear hopping, easier, lighter, more stable. Winner.


It isn’t that nice a bike to look at, some may say it is still a heap of junk but all of that is beside the point. It goes, corners, stops, is reliable, needs little maintenance, you can leave it outside a shop unchained and it will still be there when you return and most importantly, Amy, she likes it.

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