Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Fine Vintage Day!

After encountering a large number of lovely vintage bicycles in a day I had to post up my pictures:

This Gentleman didn't speak English, but he understood I wanted a picture of his bicycle. He removed the plastic bags from the handlebars and put his helmet on for a nice pose. He is riding a Lady's Repco Traveller, in Roadster Style with 27" x 1 1/4" wheels.

Lady's Apollo Capri Roadster. 27" x 1 1/4" wheels, faded yellow paint, which has become a rather attractive pastel shade. 3-speed Shimano Hub gears. I refurbished this bicycle personally, and took great pride in the detail, polishing the stainless steel mudguards, using kerosene to remove every speck of dirt I could and ensuring that the shifter was in perfect working order. I took much joy in giving it a test ride. The feel of the 41" wheelbase, makes me excited, because my Malvern Star has a 43" wheelbase, and I cannot wait to complete that restoration.

Antique Lady's Viking Roadster 28" x 1 3/8" wheels. Dating from the 1930's. Belonged to the wife of a man who donated 3 antique bicycles which have now gone to a museum for conservation. Largely in original condition save for the saddle. Single-speed coaster hub brakes, a very desirable antique bicycle, in spite of the fact that it is a female bike (male bikes are rarer and more valuable). Interesting is the archaic 32/40 spoking of the wheels.

This roadster has the same wheels and brakes as above. Belonged to the gentleman's father-in-law. Handlebars and saddle not original, missing original fenders. Possibly an early Malvern Star - has 5-pointed red star on headtube.

This bicycle belonged to the gentleman. Sadly both male bicycles are missing their original fenders. I have doubts as to whether the handle-bars on this bicycle are original, but interesting is the Australian-made Bell leather saddle - a collector's item by itself. Most unfortunately this has been repainted by the owner's son a number of years earlier, and so it has been impossible to identify this bicycle. Perhaps the characteristic lugging will yield some clues eventually.

A closer look at the Bell Leather saddle. It is complete and in original condition. It only needs an application of proof-hide to soften the leather a little. It is still servicable - the tensioning nut under the nose needs to be tightened. These saddles were made to last and they often out-last their riders!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Marty,
    I've been searching the web for details on a bicycle that was left to me by a friend. I'm not sure if you will get this message as the blog seems quite old but fingers crossed...
    After a great deal of searching, I came across the "Antique Lady's Viking Roadster" picture you have posted and it is the only identical frame to mine that I have seen on any search of collectors sites and antique cycle galleries. There are differences, the handle bars, push rod brakes and seat stem. I know it was a very rare bicycle when my friend bought it from an antique shop 30 years ago but now she has passed away all information is lost.
    I was wondering if you might be able to tell me any more information about it or perhaps point me in the right direction to find out more?
    Mikle :0)