Successful run out June 2019
Just back from taking a few days up in the ancient kingdom of Northumbria. After 13/14 miles of roadtest last week, I noticed one of the chain tensioner nuts was working loose again, so a split lockwasher under each, along with a dab of thread locking fluid, and the bike completed the Bamburgh Run intact. All in all, a good run out in good company, all girder fork era, mine being the 3rd oldest.
Never thought I would want to take it on the A1, but ended up doing just that - thankfully for only 100 yards - but pretty tricky trying to cross 2 lanes of traffic travelling at 70 mph or more, on a bike travelling at about 20-25mph, with a pair of clutches that take about 60 seconds to fully engage! Once in the middle, then having to do it all again! Something I don't wish to repeat.
Only 2 of us went that way, myself only because I chose to be lazy and follow a local rather than read the route card. Won't be doing that again - learnt my lesson the hard way.
The bike ran very well, starting well, running smoothly - even the brakes seemed better than previous outings, after a bit of judicious trimming last week. I will have to spend a bit more time on the rear brake over winter though, as the pivot point has some play, allowing the shoe to operate at a slight angle rather than properly aligned with the brake rim.
Now that the confidence level has been topped up again, I'm busy getting entries in for a few more runs, hoping that summer will have plenty of warm, bright sunshine. Next weekend is the Banbury Run and autojumble, but I'm only going as a spectator and jumble scrounger.