Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Part 2: Vintage Gifts for a Vintage Birthday

Oh yes, P outdid himself in the the birthday gift area this year. Not only the Singer Featherweight 221K, but this very dear to me gift...

1950's/1960's Ladies Step-Through Single Speed
That, right there, is a bike owned and used by my Grandfather and then my dear Dad. But I can assure you it didn't arrive to me looking anything like this. In fact, it looked a bit like this...

In need of a little TLC?
Ouch. Poor old bike. I found her after digging around my brother's garage one weekend a few months back. I spied the gorgeous leather Brooks saddle first and thought, well what have we got here?



My excitement upon extricating her from the mess of a hoarder's paradise was indescribable. I'm a bit obsessed with bikes...

She really needed a lot of work and my brother wasn't interested in doing it. So we claimed her and brought her home, whereupon my incredibly clever and indulgent P set about transforming her.

And what a job he did.


Thank you so much P, I do love her so, and I love her all the more for the love and time you poured into her. I know that if my Dad and Grandfather were still with us they'd be stoked, just stoked...

What's the most precious birthday gift you ever received??



4 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks totally fabulous! The white tyres are a particularly cool retro touch. It's so sweet that it was your Grandpa's bike too, and has that special connection for you :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carolyn. It rides like a dream too!

      Delete
  2. WOW!! What a stunning bike!! Lucky you, and happiest of birthdays :) Looked like it was a great one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isn't it what? And yes it was the happiest of birthdays. Just feel in a really good place at the moment :)

      Delete

A comment? For moi? Why thank you!