Bikes I Own
My first bikes were a series of bikes I had that I mainly rode to school. I have no idea what they were except that they were probably salvaged by my Dad from the local dump and then repaired and painted.
My first serious bike was a Peugeot AO8, bought in 1976. I put a lot of kms on that bike riding it to work and for fun. Sadly this bike died mainly through neglect
Again many years ago I bought a Graecross Pro-Ten. This bike was a complete and utter pile of rubbish and I was pleased to get rid of it.
My current bikes are:
Bruce - a 2009 Avanti Hammer mountain bike that I use mainly for commuting. Bruce is heavy & slow but robust & reliable and gives me a good workout.
Charlotte - a 1972 Peugeot PR-10, Charlotte is now in semi-retirement and only comes out on the very best of days and for the occasional display. Despite her age she is light and delicate and a really beautiful ride.
Henry - Henry is a 1956 Healing, currently Henry is hanging from the wall inside my garage in an unrestored state. Henry will be a slow, heavy but very comfortable bike.
Kevin - a 2010 Avanti Vivace, Kevin is an alloy framed road bike with Shimano 105 components. Kevin is mainly for fun but does an occasional commute.
Jack - Jack is a bit of a mixed breed, his frame is most likely locally made but I've added components from all over. Jack is a single-speed bike with a flip-flop rear hub so I can ride him as either a free-wheel or as a fixie. Jack gives a brilliant workout and is a faster bike than Bruce. On good days I'm intending to use him as a commuter.
Madeline - She is my latest acquisition and currently is a very sad little Peugeot. I haven't even dated her yet but probably late 1960s to early 1970s. Once she would have been some child's pride and joy. In the future she will provide this fat, bald, grumpy old man with a sense of quiet pride as she regains her previous charm.
Pierre - a 1985 Peugeot PGN. Pierre's frame is made from Reynolds 531 tubing which makes him a beautiful smooth ride. Pierre is also in semi-retirement but is more active than Charlotte.
Today is a lovely day and although I'm feeling a might stiff after going for a fairly long ride on Jack yesterday, I might go for a short one today on Pierre.
This is my current bike collection and so far Mrs Hamster hasn't complained excessively so life is good