Monday, 11 May 2009
Hasegawa sans Bullock racing bike
Many years ago a foreign friend of mine was interested in obtaining a classic racing bicycle so I imported from South Australia a 1920s Bullock 28 inch fixed wheel racing bike unfortunately the new owner in question found the large 28 inch fixie not to his liking and unsafe in a city environment and the bicycle was purchased by Hasegawa san for his collection. The Bullock bicycle company of Adelaide has a long and detailed history being one of the most sort after marques at the time for racers in South Australia. For a more detailed account of the Bullock cycle Co please take a look at the link below to the history of the company
As you can see from the above photos the bicycle in question has been fully restored and repainted with fantastic box & feather lining. This technique was all the rage in the old days and most top end bicycles came with fancy paintwork such as the example above. As an ex sign writer myself I know how hard this type of work is and it takes great skill to be able to use a fine lining brush to produce this type work. These days there are not too many old school frame painters around who are able to reproduce this type of artwork. Apart from the outstanding paintwork on the Bullock I feel that it has the wrong pedals are they are of the rubber block type rather than the rat trap racing style that would have been used on this type of bicycle for track or road racing. Although the Bullock had a brooks saddle its not of the narrow racing type such as a B17, B15 etc and to fully complete the restoration these two items would need to be replaced with the correct period examples. I thing I do know that the Bullock is a very fast bicycle and worthy of its reputation as a well made racing bike as when I lived in Shibata I had the opportunity to take it for a spin and it was a fantastic bicycle to ride.