I wanted a cheap pub / station / commuter bike and had gone around a couple of local second hand shops, without success, when a friend’s dad said he had ‘an old clunker’ in his shed that he was going to dump. Did I want to have a look?
Turns out I’ve got myself a little bit of a gem. It still had on the classic 70s everyready front and rear lights and while it was very dirty, it had actually been looked after quite well. It’s a Coventry Eagle, but as it’s got a foil badge on the head tube and not a metal one, it’s probably from the late 70s / early 80s.
Someone at some point in time has put a Campagnolo front mech on (think it’s a Grand Tour push rod type) while it’s got a Shimano rear mech, and the most horrible Brooks Vitesse saddle.
Other than the cotter pins which were siezed quite badly and took most of yesterday evening to strip, the bike has stripped down quite easily.
Not going for a respray but will just clean up, install new bearings all over and reassemble.
Think I might change the downtube shifters to bar end ones. Hopefully will not be a troublesome as Jorgan’s Frankenbike.