MISC:   Dutch bicycle photos posted by: James on 1/21/2005 at 10:33:40 PM
this is the best collection of people on roadster I've seen so far, if you do a bit of searching on the site you will find many more bicycle photos in other people's collections, quite a few from holland, even a few of people riding Pashleys in traffic in London

AGE / VALUE:Miller light set on ebay posted by: sam on 1/21/2005 at 2:48:00 AM
no relation to seller etc
check out this set---very nice

AGE / VALUE:Varnish brand name? posted by: sam on 1/20/2005 at 9:16:38 PM
I need to know what brand of Varnish to use over Nick of Lloyd's transfers.The instruction say to use an oil varnish.---sam

   RE:AGE / VALUE:Varnish brand name? posted by Tim on 1/21/2005 at 10:20:05 AM
Yes I had the same dilemma when I mounted my first set of decals. I used the wrong varnish and it wrecked the decal. I assumed that all oil,based varnishes are the same. Wrong. Some have acceleratorsd and all sorts of chemicals in them. Luckily I went to an artists supply shop and asked advice there. They sold me some Copal oil varnish which apparently picture restorers use. It is inert and works great. It is even good for Varnish Fix decals. There may be other varnishes or laqers just as good but I stick to one I know will not react with the paint or the decal. Good Luck.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:Varnish brand name? posted by Edward in Vancouver on 1/22/2005 at 3:10:18 PM
Finally an intelligent solution to the varnish question! Nick couldn't tell me what type of varnish, bodyshop/paint guys couldn'ty tell me, I ended up using some non-toxic hobby stuff, but it flaked off. Copal oil varnish, great.

AGE / VALUE:The '79 Rudge is back... posted by: Kurt K. on 1/20/2005 at 2:40:26 AM

...Yours only for $450! But wait! There's More! Call in the next 5 minutes and recieve a handsome gift boxed Raleigh cotter pin!


AGE / VALUE:TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by: humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 1/19/2005 at 6:22:24 PM
This is not mine although I wish it was. This is really sharp. I have the original write up about this bike and ads too.

The thing is, the shipping from England! Kind of like seeing the former owner deliver it to you and instead of it being graceful and pleasent where he glides up and swings his foot over and jumps down and with grin hands you the gleeming chrome handlebars with a pride.

No, because it is being shipped from England, it's like that foot comes up and over and then......shoes me in the bits!
As I get up, coughing and seeing stars, in a wisper and with a grin, I remark: OHH, A TRENT TOURIST!

Yes, the shipping will be higher than if my buddy Joe in Pa sent it to me.

Thing is, I have not seen a Trent tourist for sale in a long, long time and that was not in the states either.

I love seeing the ever new offerings on e- bay.
Not this one, not now. Still. I love this and appreciate it. I think the decals kick tail!


   RE:AGE / VALUE:TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by Chris again on 1/19/2005 at 6:46:24 PM
The shipping costs is not the seller's fault. It's a necessary evil part of buying a bike. Unavoidable.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by P.C. Kohler on 1/19/2005 at 9:08:56 PM
Trents are two a penny in the UK... it was one of Raleigh-Rudge-Humber's biggest sellers. But I don't think it was ever exported to the USA. Canada possibly. Two summers ago there was a positively mint black and white Raleigh Trent with dynohub. It finally sold for its opening bid: 5

Shipping rates are high thanks to the devalued dollar and fuel prices. The cheapest and best bet for a bike from the UK is ParcelForce (Royal Mail). And you can often get a lower rate if you use two boxes... one for the wheels/mudguards and the other for the frame n' bits.

Collecting British bikes without at least once shipping a machine from the UK... well it's pretty hard if you want anything other than the usual late 50s-60s Sports, Sprites or DL-1s. Even with the exchange and shipping, classic British bikes are cheap in the UK and you'll find stuff on eBay UK you'll never get on this side of the Atlantic. By the way... many UK sellers say "Ship to the UK Only" but I've found many are aminable to bend their own rules.

I'm just not too sure if a Trent is worth the effort... hold out for a Lenton Tourist with Reynolds 531 frame!

P.C. Kohler

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by James on 1/20/2005 at 3:29:46 AM
P.C. Is right, bikes in the UK often go for pennies, or pence, I've seen quite a few nice bikes, such as a Rudge Pathfinder, Humber Clipper and Sunbeam light roadster go for so little that with shipping added it was still cheaper than buying in the US. I was supposed to have bought that Rudge Pathfinder but the alarm clock didn't wake me at 5am, dammit.
Does anyone remember that pre-war Rudge roadster with the "all weather" mudguards? How much did that go for? probably not that much.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by Warren on 1/20/2005 at 3:34:57 AM
Trents came to Canada...I've had one, same colour but very faded and I've seen a couple of others up here. This example on e-bay is beautiful!

I think the Trent has a unique geometry. I have no real data on it but my Trent road like a roadster even though it had EA3 wheels. Very slack angles and a long wheelbase. Of course I've been wrong before!

I think the shipping costs are padded although unlike PC...I haven't done it.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by P.C. Kohler on 1/21/2005 at 9:46:26 PM
Correct, the Trent was pretty "slack" in geometry, like the original Lenton Sports (71 degs) but it made for a nice compromise between the Sports and a club bike and was slightly lighter and "sportier". It was hugely popular especially the ladies frame.

Not all British bikes on eBay go "for cheap"... that gorgeous Rudge "All-Weather" roadster fetched something like 300 but that's a fair price. This was the coolest British roadster on eBay for a long time. But heavy as heck and one can imagine the shipping would have been daunting.

P.C. Kohler

   RE:AGE / VALUE:TRENT TOURIST ON E- BAY posted by larry on 2/17/2005 at 11:00:18 AM

Hello Seller
I 'm Interested in buying your (gorgeous Rudge) i will like to know your last selling price and the comdition of the (gorgeous Rudge) and i want you to be awere that my mode of paymeny is cheque if this is okay by you i will like to try get back