Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cruising into the woods...

Woke up one Sunday and decided to take my cruiser for a spin to the wood lands...

Nothing beats the fresh air of dawn....

Should I go further in and explore the unexplored??

Spinning brass bell, Dog Brand

Spinning brass bell, originally uploaded by the_meadows21.

Got this spinning brass bell from a new acquaintance. He knew I was searching high and low for this bell and decided to let me have it for a reasonable sum as a token of friendship. The brand of this bell is "Dog Brand". Yes. That's right. Dog Brand. It even got an embossed face of a Bulldog.
This bell has 2 striker. Spin it using your fingers and it gives off a very nice "ring-a-ting-ting-ting" resonance. Will I ever sell it? NEVER. Not now. Not in the future. Money can never get you one of these.

Mosque with nice blend of cultural design..

This is also one of the oldest mosque in Singapore. Love it's unique architectural design.

cruising down the side walk...

Found this side walk with the red brick wall facinating. Looks very colonial...

One of the oldest church. Bulit in 1888

Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. So, this church was built in 1888...that's OLD. Very old considering Singapore's own history being considered pretty young as compared to our neighbours....

Sultan Mosque

Sultan Mosque
Originally uploaded by the_meadows21
This is one of the oldest and grandest mosque in Singapore. As must see for all tourist, including myself!

Sultan Mosque..

Sultan Mosque..
Originally uploaded by the_meadows21
Finally found some free time to bring my cruser out from some sight seeing. I've always wanted to visit Sultan Mosque and what better way to do this is on a set of wheels. Parking near this tourist attraction is terrible and often congested.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Adding more stuff to my Raleigh...

Looking through some super cool pics of suped up classic bicycles on the internet, I decided what my Raleigh lacks is a front carrier rack. But searching for one is like looking for fungi in moss...haha...So I decided to customize a rear mounted rack to fit it to the front.

Then it's off for some fun in the SUN!

More vintage stuff...

I have this with me for some time and finally decided post it. Bought it NOS at a local flea market. It was a surprise to me to be able to find one locally as far as I know, it really RARE. But up North (Malaysia that is, for the uninitated), this type of lamp can cost up to RM200 a piece. Used.
So to find one NOS, I just paid up and leave the place a happy man. Although I'm not going to fix it on my Raleigh, but looking at it and owning one, is good enough.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Latest accessory...spinning brass bell!

Recently I met a fellow collector and from our conversation, I mentioned that I've been searching high and low for a very sort after 'spinning' brass bell. I told him that I once saw it on someone's website and after which, I've lost the links to the webpage.
To my delight and surprise, he told me he actually had a few. A FEW?! My heart was pounding and suddenly, I find myself feeling like a kid once more. Jumping for joy...of course not infront of him but literally.
So, I decide to fix a date and met up with him. He is indeed a collector of bikes! Vintage bicycles. Lots of them too. Rudge. BSA. Para bikes. Raleigh....even the Lucas Silver King, he had a show case lined up side by side! I was having difficulty containing my drool....

Then he took out a wooden case and 'Wah-lah!!' My spinning brass bell! He had 5 of them, all in used condition. What the heck , right? So I told him straight in the face. Are they for sale or do I have to 'steal' them right under his nose? haha....he got the hint at my desperation to have one and decided to sell it to me as a token of friendship. Got it for SGD$150. Expensive? To me, it's not the price. It's the rarity. As I did not have enough cash with me at the moment, I only bought this 'Dog Brand' brass bell. Really, the logo on it says "Dog Brand" and there is a picture of an embossed Bulldog.

Once back home, dismantled it for some close inspection to see how it actualy works. Then lub it and give it some light polishing. Love to see the antiquated look and not too overly polished.

Spinning it with my fingers and it gives off a wonderful 'Ring-A-Ting-Ting' resonance. Told him I'm going to get his Lucas King of the Road spinning bell, thumb activated on my next visit...