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British Bikes / Re: Lycett Aero saddle elastics?
« on: October 15, 2015, 12:17:13 PM »
The elastic cord is availiable, from Macadam Deux Roues they are called Sandows, they do various fittings as a lot of french bikes used similar.

the fittings for Lycetts are hard to find I don't know if anyone reproduces them.
If you can copy them I can let you have one.

I see you have found Steve Grindly in se26, he is THE history man for all things SE London

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1957 Peugeot TA125 Project Help and Advice
« on: September 26, 2015, 08:52:01 PM »
if the back door dealer is not Charlotte's father then I'll apologise.
However my comments re lack of manners, when I went to some bother to dig out a fair bit of info, then offered free, probably the most comprehensive stack of info she's ever going to find, to which there was no response nor word of thanks still stand.

I totally understand if a young woman does not wish to make her  address availiable to an unknown person on the net, thats common sense, and why I offered  to send to another address if she wanted.

Meanwhile I notice no one has refuted being the back door  ebay dealer in Poole, which is quite near to Charlottes own ID

I am not inclined to further help out any one who cannot be bothered to have the manners to respond with a  quick word of thanks for the help in finding parts that she has found useful.

The is no excuse for bad manners, even from the young.  The elderly are entitled to be grumpy in such cases.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 23, 2015, 03:32:41 PM »
Not to me it won't

European and Other Bikes / Re: 1957 Peugeot TA125 Project Help and Advice
« on: September 20, 2015, 10:21:21 PM »
I get really pissed off, after going to a lot of bother to help out someone who claims to be genuine to find out after all, they are just out to flog tat on ebay

Arnold Motorcycles,Khyber Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 2DG

Buggered if I'll try to  help out  you again.

Have the guts and honesty to own up at least.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 15, 2015, 01:34:53 PM »
Ah yes the optimists site.

Three LEs on there  from same seller way up near Aberdeen, didn't reach their reserve on ebay last week.

Much like the one one from Rob Breany.

I can't for the life of me value an LE at around 1000, let alone more, even if they do go over that.

I'll do the rounds of the jumbles, it will be an excuse to go and I won't be upset if I don't find one, Its just for sentiments sake I'm looking.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 15, 2015, 11:20:05 AM »
yes he had a couple of bikes  I watched,  I'm not inclined for a long journey to buy one though.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 15, 2015, 08:30:55 AM »
"that's what it will fetch on ebay"

my answer to that is, well off you go to ebay then.

I have stock answers to other motorcyclist silliness as well.

 #....But my mate says..... just needs a service.

 # the number plate is worth 10,000 so its a bargain at 8...

 # I'm looking for offers [cos I am scared I'll sell it too cheap]

#total restoration just needs finishing.

I should have grabbed the 600 quid lot I know, but I'm not losing any sleep over it.

Bike prices are just stupid, I am running a Peugeot 205 which cost me 250 via ebay, some years ago, compared to 400 quid plus for a pile of scrap bike parts, bargain of the millenium

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 14, 2015, 08:49:12 PM »
Maybe club members are an optimistic lot?

At Netley I could have got, after haggling, a tidy running late LE  with docs and good enough for what I want for 600. I lost it because I went home instead of to the nearest cash machine.
No ones fault but my own.

Theres a few around, and realistically a limited market.

Club sales from any bike club of any make are a sore point;  wildly overpriced by sellers, wanted near free by buyers.

I had on offer  year before last,  a very tidy and well sorted 350 single of famous make; advertised in the owners club in which I was well known it bought sod all response bar two total timewasters.

In the end it went to a guy I  had done work for, who knew my standards, at the price I asked, to New Zealand and he's well chuffed with it.

Meanwhile members of that club sit around moaning the lack of reliable sellers of good bikes.

Present day prices of mediocre machines  are absurd. When  98cc James or other mediocre Villiers engined machines are on offer at over 1000 quid[see ebay] its time to sit back and take stock.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 14, 2015, 04:21:10 PM »
thanks Mark2, its the  on line forum I am talking about, not the club. No wish to join yet another club.

the LE is not a easy or cheap bike to restore and you will never show a profit or get your money back

 I'm a one time pro bike restorer,  long term contributor to the bike press, ex met police mechanic, and 50 yrs on vintage machines should answer for the rest of your points, which I take in the spirit they are given :)

I'll give up then  on the LE club I think, and go the ebay/jumble/ ads route  I just missed a good one at Netley through not havig enoughh cash on me even though I'd haggled the guy away from his price.
 Its wanted for sentiment sake only, no rush.
and they are cheaper than a late Bantam, which is another one  for the sentiment thing, plus for me not as desirable as the LE.

British Bikes / Re: Le velo club
« on: September 14, 2015, 01:35:08 PM »
SN9 wiltshire is where I am.
no hurry to buy one, just thought there might be a selection on offer.

British Bikes / Le velo club
« on: September 14, 2015, 12:21:50 PM »
Anyone got any idea how to get through the wall of  secretive security this club puts up?
I have registered, after a load of nonsense, and  received  email acknowledgement notice, then nothing since.
It seems impossible to find an email address for any officer of that club unless I want to go via a microsoft app. no thanks.

All I want to do is buy a bloody LE :-\ :o :o :o :o

British Bikes / Re: oil tank cleaning
« on: September 10, 2015, 05:05:07 PM »
Much of the shot used will have stuck in the really hard muck found in all old tanks and be damn near impossible to shift.
Frankly I'd look for another tank as the possiblities for major disaster are legion.
Even more frankly I'd never buy a bike thats had its tank shot blasted, as likely enough the fool who had it done had no idea at all how to go about things, seen too many bikes wrecked like it.

These idiots give parts to the blaster that are not degeased, never masked up, I've seen complete wheels bearings and all go to the blaster.

One idiot I knew went to a place that shot blasted and stove enamelled parts,then came back moaning that the guys has not stripped the swinging arm off the frame and it was locked up.
When  I asked the idiot why he did'nt strip it before hand, he replied 'he didnt have the special tool needed' if the bloody shot blaster would have. ::)

The trouble with old bikes is that there are too many  ignorant idiots messing with them.
Just another reason I'll never buy a "restored" bike unless I know the sellers capabilities.

do you want the magazines Charlie? send me an address via PM,  office or work will do if unknown old men worry you,[understandably]

All I want for them is postage.

Nice little bike, if thats your bike inthe pics it's easier to mend than replace parts like those.
I'm not far from you, north of Salisbury.

Check in later today  I will see what info I can dig out.

I used to be well into French bikes, had several, but all now sold apart from a Mobylette.
Consider subscribing to a magazine called 'La Vie de la Moto', for info re 'bourses" but be aware their jumbles are nothing like ours for abundance of spare parts. There is a big show at Vincennes, Paris just before Christmas,which is do-able in a day, worth a visit. usally lots of older stuff, and generally all the dealers mentioned here.
you'll need LOTS of money.

Ok here goes

I a have three issues of Moto Legende which is THE mag for old french stuff.

One conatins what they call a dossier, like a short manual
next  one a longer in depth survey
then one with an article covering ' les Popus' the french workaday bikes from Peugeot, Motobecane Terrot.
you are welcome to them.
Then I have a book covering the above three makes of 'Popus', contains road tests etc. I'd want money for that.

on I have found

There are a couple of different filler caps it seems so check.

macadam deux roues has kneegrips

headlamp rims

rear lamps

Handlebar grips


and more

can't find any chainguards,but I'm sure one of the other dealers will stock one. They are simple to make. some of them supply the odd secondhand [occasion] part.

That should do you to be going on with, you can PM me if you want more help.

I'd scan in the mags but I am near the bottom of the bottle and its late.

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