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wtt11

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Standard Parts??
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:51:09 pm »
Hello all,

I'm quite interested in the manufacturers of those so-called Standard parts mounted on unbranded bicycle mostly those being exported worldwide. From my personal experience, all British parts are somewhat similar except those top brands. Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!

Keith Body

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 04:54:54 pm »
Hello.

First have a look at the Brown Brothers catalogues on here. In the UK cycle trade post WW2 Phillips were better known as parts suppliers.

I had an account with Radnalls, a Birmingham company who made made hubs, handlebar and brakes, both rod and cable, and much more. Nicklin made chainwheel/crank sets, some for Raleigh.

It might be possible to look up the classified section of Kellys Directory for Birmingham perhaps just pre or post war.

My memory is fading a bit, be 82 soon.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2015, 07:07:33 am »
82 and still an invaluable source of cycle knowledge.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2015, 03:46:54 pm »
82 and still an invaluable source of cycle knowledge.
more years = more knowledge
Thanks for all Keith

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2015, 06:07:42 pm »
What a detailed info! I probably need to spend some time in searching those factories online. Thank you Keith!

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 08:31:30 am »
There might be information on   www.gracesguide.co.uk

But it is large and not too easy to find relevant stuff.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 08:50:24 am »
I was able to find out information about my wife's bike in both of the sources Keith describes - ironically her bike is a Standard Cycle Company Model K, so as you research wtt311 don't confuse "standard" parts with Standard parts :)

Logo:


Nicklin crank:


Full bike:


Most of the bearings are marked "Brampton", few of the other parts are branded.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2015, 02:26:36 pm »
As I said, can't remember all of these, but the Standard Cycle Co. were a brand produced for one of the credit catalogue sellers of general household requirements.

My real speciality is UK racing bikes post WW2 to 1980. Back in the 1960s I used to buy spokes for my little shop over 100 gross (14400) at a time, enough for 200+ pairs of wheels. By using a simple assembly technique, (same as the large bike factories) I could lace up a standard 40 hole rear wheel in 3 minutes. Factory time would be about 2.5 minutes. That is, just get the spokes in loose. It could take one and a half hours to tension a very light racing wheel, sometimes with 8 ounce rims.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2015, 06:46:27 am »
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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2015, 02:54:28 pm »
I like that "half chain case" style chain guard. It's smoother looking than the standard hockey stick but without all the fuss of a full chain case.

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2015, 10:35:43 pm »
That is great! Question: is crank on this Standard a standard part as I see so many 'off-brand' bikes have this kind of crank pattern. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 06:20:54 pm »
The crank on the Standard is a Nicklin, which I believe you can find in the Brown Brothers catalog(s) of the era - so yes I think it would be considered a "standard" part (ie. purchased for the bike not made in house).

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Re: Standard Parts??
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2015, 10:31:55 pm »
Thank you!!