This bike originated from my desire for a classic styled touring bike, and a 'naked' steel finish. This '84 Apollo had already clocked up many thousands of miles as a touring bike with its original owner, well used but in good condition, I set about rebuilding it as an every-day randonneur style bike for myself.
Details after the break
In terms of an interest its retro/classic steel bikes, but that's about building, restoring, collecting and a little casual riding. For 'actual riding', 90% of my miles are on the local trails and off road its modern all the way. This is my current ride, and its a ripper - a Merida 120 3000D Carbon.
Other than 'Big B bikes' (Belconnen) and 'Made in Japan', the exact origin and maker remain unknown to me but its a lovely ride, fitted with a circa 1980's mix of upper spec and mid range hardware.
The restored Ted Easton Vintage Ladies Bike doesn't get out too often, but today the covers came off for a run down at the beach. Although I'm not the rider, I do usually sneak in a quick ride, and the riding postion is so comfortable its always a real pleasure. With the gearing and coaster 'brake', bike tracks by the beach are really the perfect terrain for this bike too, as inclines of any kind are either hard work (up) or a little sketchy if you need to stop (down).
Any way, she's tucked up back under the covers now, but a nice excuse to post a few more pictures.
During the research process, in preparation for the restoration of a vintage Ted Easton bicycle, I was lucky enough to make acquaintance with Ted Easton’s Son, Ted Jnr. Through Ted Jnr. I discovered not only that his father was the builder of my bike at his cycle shop in Aulbury back in approx. 1950, but also that Ted Easton was a Champion Cyclist of the time. This post is dedicated to recording Ted Eason the cyclist.