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British Touring Bike Spotted

Submitted by on August 25, 2011 – 8:42 pm2 Comments

I was on my way to Subway for lunch and spotted this very cool touring biker and stopped to take a few photo and talk to the owner.  Dude said just this last year he rode it cross country – from the east coast to the west coast.  He has the perfect set up for it. He said it was a 60’s British bike and wouldn’t you know I cannot remember the name of the maker, started with a C…I think.  It’s a lugged, 531 Reynolds steel frame with a modern Surly Cross Check fork.

Surly Cross-Check fork and Surly Rack

He’s got a Nitto Big Back Rack and a Surly Rack on the front.  I’ve had my eye on both of those for some time now so it’s was nice seeing a pair in person.  Both are spendy and built for the long haul (pun intended) and each mount solidly to the frame. The classic style lends itself well on a older bike and would look just as home on a modern one.  One day I want the same pair on one of my own bikes.  Did I mention neither are cheap?

Nitto Big Back Rack

The Brooks saddle looks to be as old as the bike itself.

The owner doesn’t live in Dallas but I spoke with him a few minutes and invited him to one of the weekly rides.  The photos are not very clear, oh well.

Anyhow, yet another cool bike you just might see, if you’re Biking in Dallas.


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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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