I’m Simon, I’ve had a bicycle of one sort or another for as long as I can remember. My first ‘real’ bike was a blue Puch – I wasn’t allowed drop bars on it though, I had to have straight ones. When I outgrew that I got a red Falcon Black Diamond. I’ve still got the bike and this site is about it and my efforts restoring it to its former glory.

Falcon Cycles are a British brand of bicycles. Managed by Ernie Clements in the 1950s, he designed a number of their steel-framed bikes.

The Black Diamond was made from the 1960s to 1980s, mine is a 1978 model.

In its slightly sad, pre-restoration state
Now fully restored

Details of the before and after state are on the Bike specs – before and Bike specs – after pages. There are before and after comparison pictures on Before and after.

More pictures and adventures will be cropping up in blog posts as I take the bike for rides. Perhaps retracing some of the routes I used to do, from my childhood home to the site of my former school, or other new locations.

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Ride time

I decided that I’d take the Falcon out for my morning “work from home commute” toady. Just a short ride through the country lanes then onto the town square, where I stopped to reflect at the floral tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Day off outing

My company gave us all an extra day off, so I decided it was time for another outing. A bit longer this time, a 32-mile excursion, with a lunch stop at Aston Pottery.

First ride

So having rebuilt the Falcon today it was time to take it for a spin. I had tried it up the street just to check it was all bolted together properly first, but today was its maiden outing. I decided on a gentle trip round town, and to cover someContinue reading “First ride”

And we’re off…

Having got the frame back I have now made a start on building it back into a bike. I’ve started with the bottom bracket, guided by an excellent video from Park Tool (see below) with the great Calvin Jones (if you haven’t seen any of his maintenance videos you’ve missedContinue reading “And we’re off…”


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  1. Toby Starkie says:

    Hi Simon,
    I have my uncle’s old Falcon Diamond back, incidentally his name is Simon. I have recently broken the clip on the mudguard. I don’t suppose you have any good links for parts etc. P.S nice website


    1. SimonA says:

      Thanks. I’ve found that eBay is a good source of odd little items like that. If you’re on Facebook there are a some vintage bike groups there that might help. Such as
      Vintage Bicycles UK – https://www.facebook.com/groups/vintagebicyclesuk/
      Retro Road Bike Restorations – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1000942923587549/
      STEEL IS REAL – Classic Vintage Road Bikes – https://www.facebook.com/groups/steelisrealvintageroadbikes/
      you could ask on one of those. Add a picture of the broken part and see if anyone there has one
      Or try a Cycle jumble, the Facebook Group for those is https://www.facebook.com/groups/1925764514413445/


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