NO MAT­TER WHAT TROU­BLE YOU THINK YOU’RE IN – WE CAN HELP

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

You might

no­tice a few changes up the back of the mag this month. Don’t panic – it’s still all about Ps-era bikes and how to ac­quire and fix them – but you’ll note a cou­ple of new se­ries.

New se­ries Resto SOS aims to help and in­spire those of us with a stalled resto (or two) in the shed. You’re not alone if you launched into a bike project only to find that you ran out of mo­men­tum and en­thu­si­asm. The aban­doned project has a way of be­com­ing some­thing so much big­ger than the de­con­structed sum of its dis­as­sem­bled parts – it can be­come a sym­bol of all the other things we’ve failed to do as the years tick down. Or at least it can do if we let it.

In Resto SOS we will meet those at the end of their me­chan­i­cal mo­ti­va­tion; un­able to find fo­cus for their span­ner­ing skills. Resto rever­ies be­com­ing rolling re­al­i­ties as work­shop pro­cras­ti­na­tion dis­ap­pears. How will these mir­a­cles in metal come to pass? Ev­ery month we will go and see some­one with a stalled project, get a han­dle on what’s go­ing on and why, then come up with a plan and a sched­ule to get things go­ing again. A few months later we’ll be back to see, and hope­fully ride, the com­pleted bike.

So we need to hear from you to keep the se­ries go­ing. Email alan. see­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk and tell me what you’ve got and where you’re at with it. Some pics would be good too. Then you might just get a visit from me or Medium G, or if the state you’re in is par­tic­u­larly calamitous you may well find both of us dark­en­ing your thresh­old.

You will also note an­other new item this month – My Bar­gain Bike Buy. We know that PS read­ers can be a canny bunch and know the way to a deal. Share your good for­tune and how you came by it with the PS mas­sive. At the same time we’re not above a lit­tle self­dep­re­ca­tion and know that you aren’t ei­ther. So if your bar­gain buy turned out to be more of a money pit and not the steal of a wheel deal you at first thought it to be, we want to hear about that too. Again, email me at alan. see­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk. I’m as in­trigued as you are to see what our fel­low PS read­ers have been up to.

“YOU MIGHT JUST GET A VISIT FROM ME OR MEDIUM G, OR IF THE STATE YOU’RE IN IS PAR­TIC­U­LARLY CALAMITOUS – BOTH OF US”

The fin­ger of doom and seam of rot

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