I have just started my own website http://oldbikes.741.com on which I have pics and descriptions of bikes purchased in South Africa, some of which are for sale. Bikes include Rudge-Whitworth, Raleigh, Achilles and Hercules. Check it out!
Oh yes, I should add that I rode the Argus Cycle tour on my Achilles bicycle last weekend. This is the largest timed cycle tour in the world. You cycle 110km around the picturesque Cape Peninsula. I attracted quite a lot of attention cycling on the old bike!
| I really enjoyed seeing this.|
| I'm working on them.These pages will add a lot of useful info to the disk--thanks!---sam|
| There were exploded hub diagrams and information on old overhauling/ repairing cycle hubs that are not anyplace on the net.|
That's what made finding this book so cool!
| I have on auction right now a BSA Paratroopers bike from WWII. YOu can see it at this auction site.|
Great Brit bike with a greater heritage.
| Click on the line for photos even though it does not show and it will take you to a bunch of photos of this bike|
| I've seen these machines make £300 sterling here in Blighty. They must be rarer still your side of the pond. An interesting auction.|
Would I jump out of a moving plane with this tied to my back? I doubt it.
| They had parachutes tied on the bike and they droped them in crates with larger chutes also. I traded a typewriter for mine, but then sold it like a nitwit.|
| You can still find these in Holland and Northern France left over from the war. When I worked over there I also spotted the fuselage of a Horsa Glider being used as a chicken shed as well. My guess is the bicycles were left by the paras as they advanced. The Dutch love bicycles and don't throw things away like most other places.|
| With respect to the Boneman's post below, here's the answer to your small parts corrosion issues.|
Haven't used it myself but it comes recommended from someone who does. I plan on trying it.
| I posted a while back on my experiments with plating. I had seen a kit available in the UK for repairing Electro Plate Nickle Silver but could not find one. So, I got a book on metalurgy and workshop practice from the local library, a 12 volt battery and some chemicals from a supplier for schools and laboratories. A couple of plastic drums, some cable and bulldog clips and away I went. It worked, (eventually). I did not have much luck with chrome oxide but nickle on copper works fine. I like the finish you get with nickle, it looks old. I have refined the process and now use my arc welder for the power source as you can get more amps. This is not rocket sience just a bit of patience, study and trial and error. Those kits look a bit pricey for doing rims and handle bars, chainwheels etc. One cautionary note, some of the chemicals are dangerous, chrome oxide is TOXIC. The acids can be nasty as well if you are not carefull. Try not to breath the fumes from the plateing bath it won't do you any good.|
| No offence if this is your auction, but I got a good chuckle outta the "aftermarket" bars on this Sports...|
Larry "Boneman" Bone