Category Archives: birthday bike project

Upgrading to Sram Apex brakes

This is my eldest daughter’s bike and we have finally got around to upgrading to Sram Apex brakes and here’s the account.  You see she has never really got on with the original Shimano 600 brakes, dating back to the … Continue reading

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Upgrading brake cables

Becky learning about handlebar moustaches The main bug-bear with Becky’s bike, her Birthday Bike Project in the form of a vintage Argos 531c bike, is the brakes being too stiff and awkward.  Our first step was to replace the levers … Continue reading

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Review – Raleigh Outback SPD type pedal

My daughter has treated herself to a pair of these pedals for her Birthday Bike Project.  She went into our LBS and selected a pair of shoes, having tried on every conceivable pair (at least twice), walked around in them, … Continue reading

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Project Birthday Bike – next stage

Becky is still delighted with her new bike – the c1980s Argos fast tourer.  She had it on 25th July in the full knowledge that it needed some updating and a little TLC.  So far we’ve replaced the tyres and … Continue reading

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Birthday Bike project continues

Flipflops and Crocs: the new cycling accessory?  Hope not!  Just a quick update on Becky’s birthday bike project…. we’ve had a tyre changing lesson having splashed out on a pair of Continental 4 Season 700×25 tyres and new tubes.  The … Continue reading

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A birthday “project”….

New cycling top co-ordinating well with her PJs Many 14 year old girls get make-up, iPhones and clothes for their birthday. Here’s our eldest daughter Becky with a birthday “project”.  It is an Argos frame (as in the Bristol bespoke … Continue reading

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