This was my great aunt’s bicycle, I rescued it from her garage this morning where it has been lying idle for the last 20 years. It was on a sure course to the dump!
I have a bad habit of hording things and I felt terrible at the idea of her bicycle going into the dump so I thought I’d bring it home and see if I could bring it back to life.
It had two flat tires so I had to push it all the way home – it’s a steel frame so it’s pretty heavy!
It’s a single speed Raleigh and I think its about 40/50 years old. It was my aunt’s only mode of transport and as a child I remember her cycling everywhere on it.
The basket is riddled with wood worm, it needs a new saddle, it’s pretty rusty and it needs a good clean but I couldn’t just leave it there! I think its a nice project and I’d like to think my aunt would love to see her old bike back on the road again
I took it for a quick spin (after eventually finding an old bicycle pump to pump up the tires) and found it pretty comfortable to ride, although it’s pretty heavy! I can’t wait to take it for a proper spin when its fixed up