Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bkln, NY
Bikes: '67 Astra Grand Luxe, '73 Raleigh Professional, '85ish Batavus Professional Track
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They are very similar designs. That's a nice bike.
I've found out that MCL refers to Micro Cycles Limited, a British company that made bikes from approx. 1969-1975. I guess sales didn't take off.
The gearing on the bike is 52t in front, and a 14t cog in back. With an AW hub, that's not exactly the most optimal gearing for me. A 15t cog would bring the 133% gear down to about that of my fixed and single speed bikes, leaving two granny gears, I guess. Sun still makes a 16 x 1 3/8 alloy rim. It might be more fun to ride if I built some single speed wheels for it. It's sort of toy-like. When you really pull on it, the front wheel doesn't want to stay on the ground.
Aside from the certainty of getting an alloy seat post to accomodate an unsprung saddle, there's a lot of weight that could come off this bike. It's weighs 27 pounds as it came.