Bitsa from next door

Dec66

A gentlemanly pootler, these days
Location
West Wickham
Just had a chat to the son of the guy next door to us, who sadly passed away a few years ago.

This was lurking in the shed.

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Frame is Viking; I'm guessing 1960's vintage going by the badge at the front

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I'm also guessing it's Reynolds 531 tubing. It's fair to say that it's not wearing its original paint.

It has some very heavy duty pannier racks by Pletscher of Switzerland.

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Brakes are by Weinmann, probably original(?)

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The crankset/chainset is Shimano Tourney, 5 speed (well, 10 speed really as it's got a compact 50/34 up front, but the front derailleur is missing). It has a single bar-end shifter, not sure who by. I'm not sure on the rims/hubs either, but they have QR skewers of 70s vintage.

It wears a lovely, patinated Brooks B17, and an absolutely knackered Carradice saddlebag.

It came with another interesting accessory: this lamp, which is powered by paraffin.

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Any info as to what I have here would be appreciated. It's a nice old thing and I've half a mind to clean it up and use it, but it's too small for me really and it might be better broken up for bits, as it's a bitsa in any case.
 

midlife

Guru
Pictures are a bit blurry to see lugs and the like but Vikings of that era were nice. Is that a Carbide lamp?
 
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Dec66

Dec66

A gentlemanly pootler, these days
Location
West Wickham
Pictures are a bit blurry to see lugs and the like but Vikings of that era were nice. Is that a Carbide lamp?
Here's a couple more pics: seems the QR skewers (and presumably the hubs) are Campagnolo;

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Chainset/cranks

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As for the lamp; no idea. It has this badge on the top:
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Edit: looks like it's by Lucas.
 
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midlife

Guru
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The mileater was more of a touring bike
 
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