Thursday, 7 August 2008
The Humber is on the road again
It gives me great joy to be able to inform you all that my 1947 Humber Sports is now back on the road again. I would also like to express my thanks to a fine Gentleman Cyclist by the name of Jon Sharratt ( The organizer of the 3 speed tour around lake Pepin in the US ) as without him my Humber would still be sitting idle in my spare room. Quite some time ago my Humber suffered a terrible mishap while I was riding it home from work one evening which resulted in the internal workings of my Sturmey Archer ABC 3 speed / drum brake hub exploding. After consulting Jon he offered to help me get the Humber back on the road again by rebuilding the hub for me while retaining the original hub shell, also he installed a larger rear cog for pass storming as I quite often head into the hills touring on my day off. As I only now have one vintage bicycle with me here in Japan and this bike is a family heirloom I was most keen to get it in running order again. All it needs now is a nice Carradice touring bag with support rack and I could go on overnight runs as well as day tours. Pictured above is the 1947 Humber sports with a larger rear cog fitted & new chain. At the top is a scan of the bike from the Humber 1947 - 1948 catalog.