Kings Of Cycling – Cycle Paths and Restoration

by Constantine Malone

By the time most of you will have read this, The Grand Depart will have..er..departed from Yorkshire, hopefully leaving behind a fantastic legacy for cycling in this region.

I mentioned before the three day Yorkshire Festival of Cycling which will begin in May 2015. But if legacy is the buzz word regarding major sporting events then what better legacy than the planned Cycle Super Highway which will link East Leeds and Bradford, have a look on www.cyclecityconnect.co.uk.

If you can’t wait for the above, recently I went for a leisurely bike ride with my girlfriend. I was unaware of the fact it even existed. We started off just off  Victoria Avenue in Leeds 9 and went all the way up to Temple Newsam where we stopped off for a quick cuppa. We then continued our journey from Tempsi all the way up to Garforth. I should add my girlfriend is not a road racing cyclist like me so it was a very gentle ride and mostly on cycle paths or tarmaced paths away from the road completely. We actually came home on the back road through to Barwick where we made another stop before heading back through Crossgates and down York Road. You don’t have to be Bradley Wiggins to do this ride and you don’t have to do it all in one go, like any sport it’s sensible to build yourself up before undertaking a long bike ride but it is a really nice ride showing East Leeds at it’s best!

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We recently had a customer who was considering buying a new bike. She looked through what we had for sale but I could tell her heart wasn’t in it. What she really wanted was to use her old bike, which had been stuck in the garage for a fair few years. It had a lot of sentimental value attached to it.

She brought it down the next day and to be fair it was a good quality Puch frame and we worked it out it was at least forty years old. Fortunately the frame was still in good condition, so we set about restoring it the best we could. It was impossible to get original parts but we still made an amazing job of it. We had to move it out of  the shop as it was getting so much attention from our customers and if you bear in mind some of our regulars are riding about on top notch De Rosa and Boardman bikes that is some achievement. So it just goes to show, a sad, forlorn bike can be made as good as new and become an attention grabbing retro bike. So,if you have one in the garage, bring it down and we’ll have a look at it. If you saw the smile on the customers face when she first saw her completed restoration project, you’ll realise it’s worth  it.

SEE RESTORATION VIDEO HERE

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