I spent a couple of hours tuning up my Bickerton last night.
Dismantled the front hub, cleaned and degreased everything, repacked the bearings with good grease, dismantled and cleaned the front sidepull brake so it works smoothly, shortened the overly long brake cables fore and aft, making sure the casings were well lubricated.
Spent a proud few minutes admiring my handiwork, spinning a silent wheel here, testing the responsive smooth brakes there - everything was much better than before.
Aah! Time to fold up and have a wee celebratory nightcap at last.
So I folded down the handlebars, but they won't go all the way. I've only gone and cut the cable too ####### short.
No Einstein among bike mechanics, me.
Do share your stories so I don't feel quite such a doofus.