Friday, October 21, 2011

hey ho,lets roll





I'm loving this new addition to the slow rpm fleet already.

14 comments:

Chandra said...

Ian,
Nice and compact - Great addition!

Peace :)

BB said...

Lovely and so convenient.

slow rpm said...

Hello Chandra.When compared to the Brompton,the Nouveau Style is pretty basic.ie it folds in half. Still ,it fits in the back of the boot,is fun to ride and is extremely handy.

cheers,

ian

slow rpm said...

Hi BB. Recently I've started a job which requires a company car and I've been surprised how useful (and wonderful) it is to have a treadlie in the boot,ready to go. I never drive all the way into the CBD and if the weather's nice,I just leave the car in the car park and cycle home. Not to mention, lunchtime rides down to my favourite cafe for a fix. (see little mule)

cheers,

Ian

Anonymous said...

Nice bike.
Last year I picked up an orange NS22 in nice condition. I overhauled all the bearings, added new tires (Schwalbe carries the oddball 550A size) and replaced the derailleur.
The bike is very elegant, but it's incredibly heavy. It also drove me crazy with loud creaking when I rode it. Finally I figured out that the hinge bolt needed to be tightened. Long term, I'd like to replace the heavy steel rims, but haven't found anything in the 22-inch size. May swap 24-inch youth mountain bike rims if they fit under the fenders. I'd also like to fit it with an internal gear hub with a drum brake. The rear brake is hard to adjust and not very effective.
To see my bike, look in the gallery at www.raleightwenty.webs.com.
Regards,
Tom Howard
From the USA

slow rpm said...

Thanks for this info,Tom. I rebuilt my front wheel with some shiny new spokes and will have a go at the rear wheel soon. An internal gear hub with coaster brakes would be nice but may be difficult to find one that fits the 118mm French spacing. Plus even more weight issues?

BTW,I love your blog.My mother owned a Twenty in the early 70s but stopped riding once helmet laws became mandatory.Which I still had it!

cheers,

ian

NS22 said...

Where did you get the decals?

Do you have a spare pair of forks, for my crash victim? Is that rear hub original?

slow rpm said...

As a matter of fact I do have a spare pair of forks.(stripped of paint). The rear hub came from e bay.

Ian

NS22 said...

I may be interested in the forks, I will pass by bicycle recycle in Moorabbin tomorrow and try my luck there. I am attracted to the rebending idea, just to give it original authenticity. Can you suggest a bike shop that can fix the forks? My local shop did not seem very interested.

slow rpm said...

Try Abbortsford cycles at Richmond station. They straightened a fork for me for about $15.

Denn said...

Good morning Slow!

I love the work you've done with your NS22! I managed to be very fortunate. I found one NS22, in nearly perfect condition, that was Orange. I restored it to pristine condition, and updated the lighting/dymano set with LED lights. I rode it for a couple of years. Then I had some foolish notion that I wanted to get a faster bike. The fast bike rapidly became a "Garage ornament", as I never had the inclination to change into "cycling gear". I'd sold my NS22 to a young lady who was a little too short for a traditional bicycle, and she was completely in love with it. I still see it occasionally rounding the streets of Portland, Oregon. I happened across my second NS22, at a garage sale. The owner was a pilot, and he stashed it in the boot of his light aircraft. It had almost no use, and even had the original 1972 tires. I just got done with much of the restoration. I love the way it rides. I managed to modify panniers to work without heelstrike, so I can carry things. This one even has the original frame pump, peugeot bell and saddle. I'm thinking we need to start an NS22 owners group, and work to have upgrade parts made (rims ideally) and keep the tires in production.

Denn said...

Is there any way you can link to the decal provider? I've pondered refinishing my white NS22, but don't want to remove the decals. If I was able to source replacement ones, I could make mine like new again!

slow rpm said...

Hi Denn,

Try this link.

http://stores.ebay.com.au/Cyclomondo?_trksid=p4340.l2563

(it's a copy and paste job,I'm afraid)

Glad you've found another NS. I've just purchased a second.This one orange as well. I really only bought the first, to add to my collection,not realising how well it would ride.It's now my daily shopper!

Anyway, if you scroll down,there's a post on how I applied the decals.Good luck with your project.

Ian

plancton9 said...

Hello

good god your bike is really awesome.
i get a ns and id like to know what kind of rear brake you Are using?

bests

Nicolas