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A Rustic Thread - Yesterday In Pics...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Aperitif, 14 May 2008.

  1. Parked immediately outside work was this fine example. No chain (security measure?) but splendid in rust!
    Maybe some of the older members of this forum - Fab, Mickle, Dayvo etc :tongue: could throw some extra light on the provenance of this bike.
    Hoping that any replies might help the education of younger members of our cycling fraternity- such as Rich P, Postman and myself - for example :biggrin:

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    Another sunny day - enjoy every moment.:smile:
     
  2. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    Location:
    sunny Leicester
    It's 1950's and English but I can't make out the head badge.

    It was a high quality bike when new.

    Is it still there?
     
  3. Not at work yet HD. I have another photo which gives the game away though...:tongue:
     
  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Fascinating. Those cottered cranks take me back a bit.

    I have enlarged the picture of the head tube and still can't read the maker's name. Can anybody else read it or recognise it? I thought itmight be Humber but Sheldon says they had a distinctive chainring with little people running around it.
     
  5. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

  6. Saddle bum

    Saddle bum Über Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Looks like a Benelux front changer. The rear could be one of their later campag copies, the name of which escapes me.
     
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Ah yes my Dad had one of those! The chainless Hercules was superceded by the Rolls Canardly if I'm not mistaken:biggrin:
     
  8. Does the owner take the chain off to prevent his bike being pinched, do you think?:tongue:
     
  9. yenrod

    yenrod Guest


    If I took my chain off as a security measure then id have to buy a new one !
     

  10. Let's hope you don't try that with your outside privvy Lee. (S'right that oop North it's all outside lavs innit? :biggrin: )

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    Well done Mr Hippo - it is still there this morning - unloved...so far:evil:
     
  11. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    As a senior person now.I love that,thank you.It should be a crime to allow a bike to get into that condition.I can see the beauty of it even now.I wonder what history it has.The badge is a work of art.So old bike i salute you.
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    As a very young 48-year-old, I take umbrage at being considered learned, wise, knowledgeable, er, old! ;)

    Looks like it fell out of a time machine.

    No, I don't recognise it, but it looks like it was a class bike many moons ago.
    A good renovation object, possibly.
     
  13. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Don't fink so; there are 2 chainrings on there, they're just very close together in size.
     
  14. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    What I find amazing is that it has an intact Ever Ready rear light. When I had one of those years ago the red lens bit used to pop off and distribute my batteries across the road every time I went over a bump! ;)
     
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    The poor bike was still tethered as I left work this evening :sad:

    Simon - it probably is a two chainring thing - about two teeth difference I guess!

    And Dayvo - you're too young to be called old - it's just that you always seem to be so 'elderly' in your experienced comments! :evil::tongue:

    Today I saw another couple of olde bykes tethered to posts...Hmmm.