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's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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