Cowzer Family Website

This website is intended to be the gateway to all of our websites covering our interests. It will also link to many other sites which complement our own sites. This site has been recently updated to work better on smaller devices e.g. phones, tablets, etc. It's about time too.

Cowzer Family History

This site is an attempt to uncover the family history of the cowzers. Apparently all the cowzers in Dublin are descended from Thomas Cowzer(married 1879) who we believed came from Belfast, but recently we have made contact with Doreen Cowzer(last of the cowzer name in Belfast) who is in possession of the family bible, and this has traced the cowzers back to John Cowzer (born 1813) and who lived in Kildare, where Thomas was actually born. Read more about the family here.

My Vintage Racing Bike

After my MR2 Sports Car, I decided that a late life crisis was in order (It was too late for me to have a second mid life crisis), so I decided to build a vintage bicycle to use in an event in Italy for old bikes and old guys - L'eroica. This involved buying a 1980 Peugeot CFX-10 racing bike frame and building it up with appropriate period correct components. It was both challenging and good fun. I learned a lot in the process and am now rewarded with a fabulous bike. Read more about the restoration here.

My Other Old(ish) Bikes

Encouraged by my efforst with Peugeot bike, when I retired I started out buying and restoring a few other bikes. At one stage I had about 12 of them. I'm still doing it although I have less now. I even have a bamboo bike, the frame of which I built myself (from a kit). There are some crazy stories in this tale, like when I bought an old bike on Ebay, just before Christmas and then went and bought a bundle of 4 old bikes a week later through Facebook. Read more about the bike story here.

Interesting Cars Owned

After my Toyota MR2 Sports Car (a 2 seater and a mid life crisis) and then my later life crisis where I embarked on bike restorations and collecting, I was encouraged by my wife to have another even later life crisis when she bought me, for our 40th wedding anniversary, a Mazda MX5 RF (another 2 seater sports car). With these, plus a 2+2 Fiat 124 Sports (back in the 70s), a couple of Volkswagen Beetles (the real ones), an Alfasud, and others, many of them junk, it might be worth recording them on a site. Not yet developed this bit

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