I have "Inherited" an old Mountain bike, had it a while now. I changed the seat, fitted lights, and a bell, gave it a bit of oil, and now use it for work. It has to be doing me good, and there is no pollution. The Company is Falcon, who are nearby, and this model has 18 gears, although I must admit I have only used about four of them. The colour is black, it makes no difference to me, and I also made a rear mudguard for it, shame modern bikes don't have these essentials already fitted. I also had to buy a pump, although there is nowhere to stow it on the bike.
I am very pleased so far, the seat I fitted is comfy, unlike the original one! The ride is OK, steering is strange to me, I think the handlebars are too far forward for my liking. I am not keen on the pedals, they are metal, and very sharp, it is easy to catch your ankles on them. It has chunky off road tyres, and the 26" wheel rims are lightweight aluminium. The frame is steel, so rust has to be kept at bay. The gear change is via twist grips on both handlebars.
For thoose still awake, the Company started back in 1880, and was originally called Hopper & Co. The firm later became Elwick Hopper. After another merger, the Company turned into Elswick Falcon, which was later shortened to just Falcon. If you were wondering where they got the name EAGLE from, the Coventry Eagle Cycle Company, one of the oldest in the World, was one of their aquisitions many years ago. For those interested in more recent marques, this Company also own Claud Butler!
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