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Post by June on Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:39 pm

An old pic scanned in.  Me aged 5 yrs on my treasured three-wheeler  Very Happy 

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Post by June on Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:41 pm

My late Aunt Marjorie and her husband Arthur on their tandem. Early 50s I think:

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Post by Tan on Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:43 pm

Such treasures the two photo's are our June.  Very Happy 
So happy and smiling there riding along on your three-wheeler  Very Happy  little basket there at the front too. Did you have a tinkly bell as well?  Laughing 
Sure your Aunt Marjorie and Arthur had many rides out on their Tandem  Very Happy  such a lovely photo too.

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Post by June on Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:06 pm

I think I had a bell added later. Very Happy 

The sad fact about my uncle Arthur is that, after they moved to Somerset, shortly after they were wed, he died suddenly of a heart attack on the golf course. Aged 40. Marjorie was a beautiful woman and widowed so young. She had another partner later but never married again and never really got over losing Arthur.
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Post by Tan on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:12 pm

Such a terrible shame for sure our June, so sudden, and so young too.

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Post by Condor on Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:37 pm

A sad story there June but two good Bike Pics! There are major clubs these days for tandems but new ones are really expensive today.
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:46 pm

Always think how much fun a tandem would be but gosh yes, what a sad story of your aunt and uncle, June.

But how adorable you are perched on your tricycle - love the little dress you are wearing, as well!

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Post by Condor on Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:51 pm

Very Happy 

Another type of bike is the BMX - Bicycle Moto Cross - these are normally ridden by younger folk and are now an event in the Olympic Games.
Here's an older BMX model which, actually, is mine. I do stunts on this. Really.
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To make the wheels stronger it has bigger axles and far more spokes than normal. The frame is steel - more modern ones are alluminium.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:47 pm

These are actually familiar to me, Condor - in fact, there was one sitting in our garage until just the other day when it headed off to a new home with a 10 years old boy who was thrilled with his freebie!

I do believe you can do stunts with yours - you are a talented fellow, yup you are!

Guess the steel ones are heavier than the newer ones - but no sure newer is necessary better if one wants to keep passing it along as kids outgrow them.

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Post by Tan on Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:23 pm

It certainly does look strong, sure you enjoy many a ride out on it our Condor, stunts 'n all.  Very Happy 
Aww, so lovely for the young boy to have received the gift of the BMX, sure he will be on it riding around as much as can be. You certainly would have put a huge smile on his face our Mara.  Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:25 am

I'm so often tempted to sell things, really I am ... but I also belong to a 'free cycle' local website ... and with the economy so horrible now for so many, parents with little ones (and seniors) are often the ones to find it hardest, I suspect.  

(Mind you, I still sold the existing ceiling light fixtures and doors etc when we moved in here ... figure that's a totally different thing than giving away 'personal' stuff - gentle smile).

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Post by Condor on Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:46 am

Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy 
The BMX is one I've had in for a month or two - it came in in bits. It's all sorted now and will be (initially) E-bayed and doubtless a local youngster will get a 'paper-round-bike' for a few pounds. New it would cost over £100 - maybe £130.
Another happy ten year old Mara.


 

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Post by nordog on Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:45 pm

Love all the photos and info Condor, Mara & June, a great read.
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:45 pm

And here's bikes being put to work ...

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:48 pm

And should it rain ...
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:51 pm

And when one's got their hands full ...
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:52 pm

Or one wants to be unobtrusive when pedaling away ...
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:54 pm

And one always needs to be aware of bicycle safety while on the road ...
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Post by Condor on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:48 am

Mmmmmm... Giggle ...beats cars any day doesn't it?

Good ones Mara.
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Post by Tan on Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:39 pm

Wow, great finds here our Mara  Very Happy  and I will be hunting a pink one out for sure, with an umbrella.   bow  Laughing

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Post by nordog on Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:30 pm

I must make that little boys sign.
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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:34 pm

Yes, I thought of you instantly when seeing the bike with the big pink umbrella perched on it, our Tan  Very Happy  ... and I think we all need a sign like that, Nordog - whether we're walking or biking!  Very Happy 

Yup, in so many ways they can be better than cars, Condor ... mind you, without our putt-putt ... eek!  But each time the phone rings, I am now hoping it's the bike shop calling.

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Post by Condor on Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:40 pm

My son brought a boxful of bike parts - wheels frame etc. on Mother's Day - and, with a few new parts - from the nineteen sixties - early seventies, the relic has gorn together and here's Ed on it last night up Bury viaduct!

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It needs more work but is, so far, ride-able. Circa 1965 to 1975.

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Post by nordog on Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:44 pm

Been checking my Rocky for tonight's ride, had change rear wheel & swop the cassette , tighten suspension adjuster. Then found my bottom bracket bearings need replacing & on top of all that it needs two new tyres & tubes.
Like the yelow frame Condor, has he fixed the brakes?
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Post by Condor on Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:35 pm

Brakes, Nordog, are the old Dia-Compe centre-pulls. To get them working we need a new front cable stop and two pull straddle-clips. I can get without bother. But two 700c wheels/tubes/tyres (lugarno's?), a new handlebar stem/bars and brake levers, will give Ed a fair old roady for a few pounds.

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I just stuck a GB type side-pull on the front to give some stopping-power while we checked gears etc. Chain was a bit short so I shoved two new links in.
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