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Tuesday Pop-up Cycle Service at Pwnc Café, Newport, Pembs

New for Tuesdays I’ll now be at Pwnc Café in Newport to service bikes, offer advice and sell spares. If it’s quiet I’ll be building wheels.

All new at the moment but currently there from 9.30ish onwards: Call 01437 887633 for enquiries.

The Café is great: fantastic coffee. fresh baked tasty treats and wholesome lunch options. Already a keen favourite with riders from across the county.  — Fuel for Brave Living!

If I’d have taken any photos last week, I’d have put them here. Left my camera in the van and the weather was wet enough not to want to go back for it.

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1980s Dawes Diploma refresh

This was originally my grandfather’s bicycle. When a friend, who suffers from chronic lateness, got a job a mile away from his home and I learned he was having to drive there to make it on time, I gave him this in its original guise as an 80s 3-speed city bike with sidepull brakes. Not being one to leave things alone, within a couple of months he’d decided he needed to go to town on upgrades and improvements, bought in a load of stuff, stripped alot of the parts off this frame and was then frequently spotted driving to work again. Hey, it was nice while it lasted!

Meanwhile, I’m asked to put the machine back together with the new parts and some very specific requirements.  See what you think.

For geek value, the specification that isn’t obvious is as so:

Sturmey Archer 5-speed hub with hub brake, Sturmey Archer front dynamo hub with hub brake, Mavic 319 rims. Black/silver SAPIM spokes. Custom lacing pattern. FSA/Gravity chainset with Doval oval chainring. KMC white chain. MKS pedals.