MISC:   Blatant self promotion posted by: Matthew on 1/5/2008 at 4:16:25 AM
Hi Folks,

Shameless as it is I am going for some self advertising with apologies to all (Sorry Vin).

I am off on another epic ride upon my 1930s delivery bike (cycletruck). This time about 250 miles in SEPTEMBER 08 from Hunstanton Norfolk, England to Tower Bridge, London, England. To raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. http://www.rnli.org.uk/

You can donate via http://www.justgiving.com

September is not a bad time to ride as children are at school and weather not too bad.

Matthew - little legs a blur.

   RE:MISC: Blatant self promotion posted by Matthew on 1/5/2008 at 4:25:29 AM
I forgot you'll need my full name to find me on justgiving.

Matthew Hodder

That's me!

   RE:MISC: Blatant self promotion posted by Matthew on 1/7/2008 at 2:38:49 PM
Hi folks,

I just updated my 'readers rides' page. Photos of the bike and me. You can scare your children with the photos!

Matthew - photo gnomic.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   1974 Condor ( London) posted by: tamara on 1/4/2008 at 7:56:48 PM
I have this Condor that I bought in London in 1974. It's a road bike/touring as it has eyes for racks and fenders. It's always been indoors. wondering where I can find info. on it's value. thanks. Reynolds aluminium frame.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by Warren on 1/4/2008 at 8:51:58 PM
I think you'll find it's a Reynolds butted steel frame...the other Reynolds makes aluminum foil. Steel is what you want. Value depends on size, condition, components and mojo. As well as where you are selling it...London, USA, Ebay? There's no Kelleys or Blue Book on bikes...take detailed pics.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by sciencemonster on 1/4/2008 at 10:28:51 PM
Try here:


   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by Matthew on 1/5/2008 at 4:13:04 AM
Hi Tamara,

Condor Cycles of Grays Inn Road, London are still in business and are a Pashley / Moulton dealer. Look them up.

Matthew - where do I learn this stuff from?

   RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by sam on 1/5/2008 at 11:10:41 AM
Reynolds(English) did sell Alum---handel bars and seat post.Don't know if they supplied Alum bike tubing.Maybe someone can give us more info?I agree with Warren on it most likely being a steel frame.

   RE:RE:RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by Warren on 1/5/2008 at 5:40:20 PM
Agreed Sam. I've also got alloy Reynolds bars and seatpins from the 50's but I'm "almost" dead certain they never built an aluminum alloy frame. Steel alloy, yes.

And just to really cover it, we should mention the Renolds chain manufacturer...makers of the ubiquitous Coventry and Elite chains used on so many English roadsters and club bikes. Different company again.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: 1974 Condor ( London) posted by Matthew on 1/6/2008 at 9:53:16 AM
Hi Folks,

More research. http://www.reynoldsusa.com/english.html

Reynolds, of course never built frames at all, they are tubing manufacturers, steel for many years and then the 7005 aluminium (aluminum).

From the date of your bicycle Tamara I very much doubt it is aluminium. It is certainly Alloy steel because Reynolds 531 and 753 tubing is made from carbon mangenese alloy steel. By the way 531 dates from as far back as 1935 and is only available to special order nowadays.

Matthew - testing my mettle.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Ebay DL1 in Orlando posted by: David on 1/3/2008 at 6:37:14 AM
Not my auction. Item 220186418794 for pickup only in Orlando. Looks like the taller frame (?), complete exc saddle, decent condition. Probably will sell to "best offer."

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge Ulster Sports posted by: Tom on 1/2/2008 at 10:14:24 PM
I have a 1952 Rudge Ulster Sports that needs a restoration. It has been painted a different red from original but the fork shows the original paint and also under the headbadge is the same red. I am looking for any pictures of one that has not been painted. I need the pics for the proper location for transfers. I can go by my 1952 catalogue but it is a little hard to see the exact locations.

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Rudge Ulster Sports posted by Peter on 1/8/2008 at 6:28:01 AM
Tom -
I've got some pictures of a Rudge Ulster Sports - email me?

AGE / VALUE:   Harry Quinn road bike posted by: Carl on 1/1/2008 at 8:11:10 AM
I have acquired a Harry Quinn road bike and I am wondering how rare the bike is and how old it may be. I am under the understanding that it was a custom built frame, built when Harry Quinn was living in Tenby, Wales. (I am from Wales, UK).
I am however uncertain of the age of it because the components on the bike seem to date to the late 80s and I have been unable to find information about Harry Quinn frames this late. The frame has a sticker stating that the tubing is Reynolds 653 and the frame number, on the bottom of the bottom bracket housing is Q136. The frame is painted flamboyant pink and white and had chromed forks and rear triangle.
The bike has the following components:
Shimano Dura-Ace, 7400 front derailleur, 7401 rear derailleur and downtube shifters. It also has Shimano 600, 6400 crankset and 6401 brake leavers and brakes, which all seem to date around 1987 - 88. I understand that the frame was purchased and fitted with these parts when new. The headset is a Stronglight Spidel and the bars and stem are Cinelli 63 – 40. The bike came with 3 sets of wheels, 2 sets with Mavic GP4 tubular rims, one set on Mitch hubs and the other set on Mavic hubs, both have screw on freewheel hubs. The other set is a set of Mavic MA40 rims on 7400 Dura-Ace hubs, which I cant use because I have not got a cassette and the hub has a freehub body incorporating its own coarse thread, so I cannot convert it to a HG freehub body.
I would much appreciate any information regarding the age and rarity of this bike.


   RE:AGE / VALUE: Harry Quinn road bike posted by Matthew on 1/2/2008 at 3:35:50 PM
Hi carl,

try the vintage lightweight discussion board, there's a link above on the menu. This is more the sort of machine for that DB.

Matthew - lighter than you think.