Yesterday I picked up a bike which had generously been offered to me Saturday morning after the GW ride by an older gent called Albert Cooper. Albert said he had the bike for many years and it was now languishing in his garage and he wished to give it to someone who he knew would clean the old girl up and give it a new life.
Story goes that the bike originally belonged to a Queenslander who had ridden it down from Queensland and had then run short of cash and so he hocked it at a second hand dealer in or near Gawler. Albert had purchased the bike from the secondhand dealer and used it for quite a while until he passed it on to a mate to use, primarily for transport. The mate mistreated the bike and the frame became quite marked and surface rust appeared. Eventually Albert took possession of the bike once more and so it sat gathering dust.
I'm assured that the bike was, at the time, state of the art and a quick investigation puts its vintage around the late seventies very early eighties. It has mostly Dia-compe components, Shimano clamp on down tube shifters and Mavic alloy wheels.
That's the plan Dave.
Carmen. I'll give you his number Saturday. If anyone else is interested just let me know.
Good job Dale she looks shmick ! Looking forward to checking it out one day.