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RIDING THE HOLDSWORTH EQUIPE

Though I was really impressed with the Holdsworth Equipe, when I first got it, I really spent little time actually riding the bicycle.  Though it rode well, and felt good, the bicycle was considerably too big for me to ride comfortably and safely.  With that in mind, the Equipe spent most of its time with me, in The Old Shed.

I did run across a Holdsworth Equipe that was a decent fit, and I did ride that bike several time, but, once again, years ago.  I can only assume that the ride quality did not stand out, even though I might well have enjoyed the ride the bicycle did offer.

The smaller bicycle was a nice feeling bike to ride.  It felt smooth and easy to pedal, as I recall.  I should qualify these riding comments, right now.

Most of my riding memories, when it is the Holdsworth I speak of, are just that - memories.  It has been years since I took the bicycle out for its test ride, and the few recreational rides that followed.  Perhaps the cottered crank set was turning me off from wanting to ride the bicycle.  In those days, I associated a cottered crank system with an unacceptable vintage bicycle.  I would learn differently, in days to come, but at that time, even though the Holdsworth was a well known, and respected name, it was still entry level.  And who, in their right mind, would want an entry level vintage road bicycle?

Boy, would my thoughts on that subject change in years to come.

At any rate, the Holdsworth and I spent little time together on the roads of North-western Ontario.  Those few rides I did take, felt good but memories are dim, and, rather that walk down the path of BS, I choose to invite you to try an Equipe for yourself, should you be lucky enough to fine one.

A third Holdsworth, this time an anniversary edition, came my way a couple of years later.  This one, acquired on-line, through a trusted seller, had the team colours reversed.  I did give some thoughts to building the bicycle for myself, since it was the first one to present itself with most of its art still intact, but I never got around to it.  That Holdsworth Equipe, like the others, found a new home somewhere and probably south of the 49th parallel.

The last Holdsworth Equipe I found, was found, a few months ago and through the Word of Mouth Bicycle Finding Procedure.  And guess what?  It was way too big also, but the bike had been fitted with really nice wheels and a Shimano 600 Arabesque crank set and transmission.  The wheel rims, incidentally, are presently fitted to a set of Campy Record hubs, waiting for a bicycle to install them on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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