The Capel Fete is nearly upon us! There is a lot of news on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rwkbicycles/events) and the programme can be downloaded from here:
Just a reminder that we have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rwkbicycles.
Go and have a look!
A lot has happened since the last post on here. We are going to be getting a bit more room, as the computer side of the business looks like getting a new home. In addition, the wheels that were stored in the workshop have a new home, meaning that our collection of frames can have its own storage area!
The Carlton Corsair is going to be picked up by its new owner (photograph below). The Paris "Tour de France" is at the painters and we have finally managed to track down all of the components for it. The Kirk Precision is almost done: The wheels are built and all of the components are here.
The Southampton branch has moved on to an early Giant smothered in Campagnolo Athena but with the curious, fairly unusual, Avanti shifters. Despite being Campag's lowliest offering in the mid 1990s, they are becoming saught after as few made it to the UK and their unusual shift tab is unique amongst Campag kit.
All the best & more soon!
Given that the workshop is nearly finished (yes, other things have got in the way) and spring has suddenly arrived, we thought that it was high time we changed our news letter name. We have been playing "Granchester Meadows" continuously to try to induce even more spring like weather!
There are a whole heap of projects going on - the Carlton is nearly finished and will be out for photos soon, as will the Paris Tour-de France. A Kirk Precision has turned up to be beautified. The famous magnesium framed bike was well known in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with stints on the BBC's "Tomorrow's World" and with a team in the Tour de France: Allegedly, almost a month's production run of frames was pumped into the team to make sure that they got through it with clean looking bikes.
The Southampton branch has been putting a Look 576 together and Campagnolo-ing it. Mr Bat has started a discussion on Facebook on the identification of a bike geek, so find it and join in!
All the best and we will be writing more soon!
After another frustrating few weeks, work on the workshop got back on line. The roof is nearly completely insulated, cladding has restarted and all but two of the lights have gone in. Two new work benches have gone in and the stock rack has gone up. By the end of the week, the door surround will be insulated.
To make the place slightly more comfortable, a speaker system has gone in. Soon, a permanent network connection will go in and the search computer/till will go back in too.
There are still two projects running; the Carlton and a stunning Paris "Tour-de-France" has arrived for restoration.
More news and pictures soon.
Humph, so it started to snow and the temperatures have dropped like a stone. Both of which have meant that the work on the workshop have slowed down to a crawl. I have managed to get some of the wiring done for the improved lighting but little else; the soldering iron has been a great heater for the last couple of days.
Tomorrow, I determined to get the last of the centre aisle's insulation in and have the next selection of cladding up. Sadly, Jason got stuck in Southampton, so hasn't been able to help. Hopefully, things will change soon and we can get on with things.
As usual, photos to follow ...
Over the last week or so, Jason and I have started work on the workshop. I have spent the week cutting up insulation blocks and stacking the timber for the ceiling, while Jason has been resourcing units and other odds and ends.
All of the timber for the roof has arrived and is now taking up most of the work-space; hence, the workshop is out of action for big projects until the timber goes up. most of the insulation is cut and ready to go up. The timber is precut but will still need some fitting to go round various things, like the drops for the bike hangers.
As soon as I have some photos, I will put them up.
See you all soon!
Due to the high demand, the workshop is staying open for September but will close in October for essential works. Again, should you need work done in October, let us know and we will pre-book you in.
The workshop is busy getting a classic racer up to modern(ish) standards. Photos to follow.
The work shop will be closed for the whole of September for refurbishment. If you have an emergency, then please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org and we may still find a slot for you.
The workshop was supposed to have closed during the Olympic and paralympic period but work increased in the time, so it was kept open. However, urgent works need to be undertaken and, as a result, the workshop will need to be closed for the month. Photographs will follow!
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