Vintage Otley racing bike getting heads turning

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: (Left to right) Ryan, Peter and Luke Middlemiss with Susan and David Thackeray beside the striking vintage bike display at Mounsey's, Otley. (Left to right) Ryan, Peter and Luke Middlemiss with Susan and David Thackeray beside the striking vintage bike display at Mounsey's, Otley.

A refurbished racing bike more than half a century old has been getting heads turning in Otley.

The vintage Woodrup bicycle has gone on show in the window of Mounsey's stationers, on Market Street.

The shop's owners, David and Susan Thackeray, have a collection of classic bikes and wanted the Woodrup looking its best for their Tour de France display.

Hand built in the mid 1950s for an Otley businessman's athletic young daughter, the Woodrup features high-spec components from Germany, Italy and Japan and has caught the eyes of passersby.

Mr Thackeray, who put it on display along with a fact sheet and array of cycling books and magazines this week, said: "We've already had hundreds of people coming up and having a look to find out more."

Among the admirers have been Peter Middlemiss, from neighbouring family butchers Geo Middlemiss and Son, and his sons Ryan, 14, and Luke, 11.

All three are keen riders with Otley Cycle Club, and the boys enjoyed a recent televised ride with Team Sky's Chris Froome - one of the favourites to win the Tour - at Rudding Park, Harrogate.

The bike on show at Mounsey's was built by the late Maurice Woodrup of Kirkstall Road, Leeds - Woodrup Cycles is now run by his son and grandson - and sports a small, 18 1/2 inch frame with full size, 28 inch wheels.

Mr Thackeray had to search about to get the right parts to refurbish it, which included finding hand-made tyres from Germany.

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