Rory O'Brien bike

Montsegur Horsefly

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Petts Wood
That's a nice looking frame. I'd be interested to know the frame number if you don't mind sharing.
Had a quick look this morning and there seems to be three figures on the BB. Not clear as there's quite a bit of grime. Planning to start cleaning and stripping this weekend so will let you know what is revealed.

Very tasty indeed and that was a bargain for sure , have you ridden it yet @Montsegur Horsefly ?
Nothing meaningful as there's no rear brake lever.
 

Montsegur Horsefly

Active Member
Location
Petts Wood
Is it me or is the right hand shifter a bit far down?
Sorted.
 

Lonestar

Veteran
Thanks for that. Rivetts must be the same place that turned into a seller of motorcycle clothing and accessories. I remember Martin's Mart, but wasn't that just a general cycle shop rather than an enthusiast's place? Back in those days as you will no doubt remember, bike shops were strictly divided between those who specialised in the clubman's scene and the run of the mill shops selling commuters and kids bikes. There was very little overlap.
Martins Mart was where my second bike was bought...A Kalkoff after my first bike a Dawes was nicked.It's now a funeral parlorm,now...I still pass it quite a bit.
Wonder when it closed and where the shopkeeper went but it was many years ago so perhaps I can guess.:sad:
 

ocianbricles

Active Member
Rivett's were motor cycle factors well before they retailed cycles. I have a 1952 Rivett's built by Slasher, his frame builder.
They also had at least two good track riders Clive Parker and Dennis Talbot. Opposite Rivett's was a general cycle shop named Reads and further down the Leytonstone Road towards Stratford, was Martin's Mart cycle shop and further down towards Maryland Point was The great well-known clubman's shop and frame builder Lou Hawkes. Stratford was also blessed with Leach Marathon cycle frame builder which is now buried under the Olympic Park.
PS. picture is a Rory O'Brien powder-coated in bronze/copper 20 years ago for a my 65th birthday, it was purchased in 1973 in the Romford shop.
 
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