Today my stable of ten speeds increased by precisely 100%. That is to say, I got another vintage bicycle and that makes two.
By the power of a well known online auction site, a Falcon Westminster ladies touring bike has come into my possession, for restoration and resale, provided Mrs Everyday Cyclist doesn’t get too attached.
It’s from nineteen-eighty-something and is a magnificent thing. 531 lugged frame, Weinmann 730 brakes, alloy Rigida rims, SR bars and stem, Sakae chainset, with lovely alloy chainguard. Selle San Marco Anatomica saddle, the list of ‘don’t make ’em like that anymore’ componentry just goes on.
It was completely original, right down to the original reflectors on the wheels and a pot of Falcon touch-up paint in the supplied throw-over pannier.
A day of pleasant polish on, polish off has occurred, plus a little spanner twirling but not too much. This bike had been little used and dry stored and didn’t need much fettling.
Some fresh bar tape and some paint restoration on the stays and she’ll be ready for a new home, if we have the heart to let her go.
This Westminster is a fine old duchess and that’s the truth.