Sunday, 29 April 2007

On the road again

Well after four months of slowly restoring my Fathers 1947 Humber sports it's finally finished and now on the road again. It has worked out more expensive than buying a new MTB but I think it was worth the time & effort to keep a bike my Father purchased on the road. When my father purchased the bicycle he opted to have some extras put on it that you can see out lined in the specification list below. I have hunted around to find the correct period parts to put on it and all the parts that are currently on the bike would have either come as standard or optional extras ( apart from the modern cateye bicycle computer and the Brooks saddle rain cover ) . Listed below is the specification list for the bike

SPORTS model 321

FRAME: 20"
WHEELS: 26" x 1 3/4 Dunlop Endrick stainless steel rims with 14 g SS spokes
TYRES: National custom ( original made in New Zealand Dunlop tyres were too unsafe to use )
HUBS: Front quick release with wing nuts Rear Sturmey Archer ABC
GEAR: 3 Speed with Sturmey Archer trigger shifter
PEDALS: Gent's rat trap
HANDLEBAR: Medium drop Lauterwasser bars ( re chromed ) with adjustable stem
BRAKES: Front caliper Rear drum brake
SADDLE: Brooks B17 champion narrow in brown leather ( old saddle but not original )
FINISH: Frame & fork black enamel , Mudguards white enamel , usual bright parts chrome
EXTRAS: Raleigh NOS kickstand , Miller chrome bell ,Leather tool bag, pump, Cateye Strada bicycle computer, Brooks saddle rain cover, chain guard, Mudguard flap

I wanted to use my Lucas head lamp that runs off the Dynamo but the route I take to work has many so bumps and I have to use the footpath in some places and the headlamp clips that hold the glass kept coming off so I have had to install a modern ( plastic ) head light for safety.
The only new parts that were fitted to the Humber are the 14 gauge ss spokes, tyres & tubes, Cateye strada computer . So now it's finished I'll be introducing you to some of my favorite cycling areas in Niigata.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Cycle touring & camping equipment add

Featured in the post above is a selection of bicycle touring & camping equipment from 1938 as advertised in " Cycling " magazine. The selection of goods for sale is quite different from today's vast choice at your local outdoor store. And many of these items are now only to be found on E bay or at local antique shops. For the traditional cyclist of today looking for period camping equipment it can be a struggle to find period items. I have seen some nice small canvas pup tents for sale at quite reasonable prices but they were ex army and green canvas not the traditional white color. But I think with a bit of Internet & antique shop hunting it would be possible to locate many of the items featured above.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Monday, 16 April 2007

Bicycle side cars

Recently I had the good fortune to obtain a few issues of the fantastic British magazine " Cycling " some of the issues were from 1938, 1941 & 1947. The stories and advertisements are very informative as gives the cyclist an idea of what was popular at that period. Racing on the road as well as the track ( indoor on boards ) or touring and also the many new improvements to the trade in the way of parts etc. Featured in the add section were a few adds for side cars ( these of course are not popular anymore ) there were quite a few brands mentioned and pictured above is an add from one of my magazines showing the Armstrong brand of sidecar .Armstrong was a manufacturer of bicycles but made a few sidecars as well. Over the next few posts I'll include some articles & adds taken from " Cycling " magazine

Monday, 9 April 2007

The Tartan Thermos

Just recently I have noticed here in Japan that you can now buy tartan Thermos flasks again, these flasks upon close inspection I'm sorry to say and not made in the traditional home of thermos but a cheaper copy made in China nether the less they look the part and according to some owners ( my student's brought some to our recent hanami party ) they work just fine. They come in three handy sizes small, med & large with a screwtop cap covered by a bright red cup in which to drink your beverage from. I remember my parents using something like this on family outings and I used to sell the spare caps & flask liners for the poor sods who dropped their flask, from a dept store where I worked in the early 1990s. I think that the tartan thermos is a trad cyclists must have item as along with your lunch box filled with ham & cheese sandwiches what could be better than your tartan thermos filled to the brim with your favorite hot or cold beverage ready to drink from. Pictured above is an older style Thermos which you can find on E bay now and again.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Bluemels Mudflap replica

Thanks to the great chaps on the Gentleman Cyclist Internet forum I was able to download a scan of an original Bluemels mudflap to copy ( if I was back in NZ I'm sure an old bicycle shop would have one in stock ) . So yesterday being my day off I went to the local home center and purchased some black rubber sheet and a strip of .8mm Alloy to make a Bluemels mudflap. At first I printed out the mudflap from the net then got it the right size on the photocopier. After having a good printout of the mudflap I them made a pattern from heavy paper and cut out the alloy clip that's fixed to the mudflap. It was very easy to make and didn't take long to fix to the black rubber sheet that I had cut. The clip is held onto the flap with nut's & bolt's ( very small with washers on the back ) and then I placed it onto the mudguard and bent the clips round the back . It looks the part and holds onto the guard very well. So if you can't find one at an old bicycle shop or E bay check out this link as that's where you'll find the scan of the mudflap.

Sunday, 1 April 2007