Heavyweather ~ Somewhere in the UK
Having cut the bottom bracket down to 68mm and installed a threadless unit, it was time to treat the frame to a fresh coat of paint. This was done by Amourtex of Hackney, London. I also bought new alloy 451 rims (£5 each off ebay) and re-fitted the SA drum brake hubs from it's previous incarnation. RXD3 rear and XFD front. I have doubled the 3 gears by means of a double chainring. The chain slack is taken up with a simplex derailer. There are no cables to change gear - I use my foot to shift down and have to get off and use my finger to go back to the 52t ring. This gives a range of 7 to 3.2 metres development, and it comes in handy since I live at the top of the steepest hill in London. The head-tube is cut down by an inch or so, to accommodate threadless headset, which allows the stem to be clamped with a kingpin stem-clamp. I foolishly forgot to take this to be painted, however. The stem is a BMX seatpost, and the bars are from child's micro scooter. I used the original mudguards since they are in good condition and keep the classic look. They also keep my trousers clean.