Tomorrow morning I am off to talk to Tim Birkin who runs Birkin Cycles, so watch this space. However my last post generated some interchange on our local Cycling Network and Mark had a story to tell, which I thought worth repeating
I had my second Raleigh 753 from Paul in 1980.
It was stolen from Alvaston around 1983.
TWO weeks ago it appeared on ebay in Long Eaton! !!!
I now have it back.
Now fully stripped currently undergoing full nut and bolt restore Inc full respray Inc original decals.
Mark reckons it will be fully operational in 5 weeks..though I doubt the engine is quite as powerful as the original version shown in the first image!
I am also off to Mercians soon... so, if you own a Mercian, have a story then please get ready to share it when the article is posted.