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Archive for August, 2022

Newly arived Vintage cycle frame

Cougar

1983

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This fine frame is a 1980s Cougar built by Terry Dolan in Liverpool, now simply known as Dolan Bikes. Today this British bicycle manufacturer is well known for their track racing bicycles ridden by some of the UK’s best known cycling talent from Bradley Wiggins to Mark Cavendish.

A good range of easy-to-use gears and lightweight quality quick-release wheels makes for a fun and responsive retro ride. If you are a small rider looking for a compact steel racing machine for Eroica then look no further.

I will work slowly and take my time as always, this frame is a massive part of British bicycle manufacturing history, I cannot wait to get her restored and back on the road again


An update, what have I been doing in the last year :)

Raleigh

It is almost a year since I posted here on my blog but there has been a great reason why not 🙂

1980s Raleigh eclipse, fully restored and given a modern paint job.

The bike above was finished my myself, four weeks ago and has been stripped down completely with new components, new paintwork and a full road safety check. I love every moment of this build…..

I have spent the last year studying a full-time city and guilds engineering course in county Kilkenny and it has been one of the most amazing years of my life 🙂

This time last year I was on a cycling holiday in county Mayo, at that stage Covid was just coming to an end as far as a lot of public restrictions were concerned. However, I knew I needed to make a change in my life, so a looked for a new training course and found one that was the course of my dreams.

I have always loved the Bicycle as a form of transport and fully believe in its future, in fact, I feel strongly that the bicycle will play an ever-growing role in returning our environment to normality.

The course has lived up to every one of my expectations and in many ways has exceeded them.

Here is a list of all subjects included

Bicycle maintenance, including full bike disassembly and reassembly

Electronics
Math and Geometry

Steel bicycle frame building

Engineering

Computer-Aided Design

Bike CAD and bike Geometry

And many many more subjects

Leading a Winner Team for a bike build and business plan project 🙂

I will add a Gallary of images below, It has been a very intensive course with in all fourteen exams, overall I passed with a Distinction and was over the moon with both the result and the course.

I am currently reviewing my options but would love to take up a full role in adding my new skills to an industry I fully support and love.