Old bikes and old booze, and bit of lockdown DIY using odds and sods found in the mancave. Plus, some fantastic signwriting by my Dad. Here’s my DIY bicycle bar.

Yes, it’s pictured in the garden as the prospect of a glass of warming red was more appealing than a long winter ride. This thing uses a lot of cable ties, self tappers and wood that had been under my feet for too long.

Dad’s signwriting is great. He shakes his head and laughs and then brings my doodles to life. The bike was made in ‘72, as was I, and so was my Fiat, tandem and lawnmower, as it happens, hence the “established in 1972” bit.

The bike is a beauty. Bought from a village green auction years ago it soldiers on with minimal maintenance. I love it.

There’s a magnetic latch, and the single hinge is 45% Chinese ‘metal’, 12% rust, and the rest is superglue and luck. It works. The wooden case fits snugly without catching the pedals or my knobbly knees. It’s not cut square because, well, I’m more ‘rustic bodger’ than precision Engineer at weekends.


About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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