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Re: Ashby

Postby TimboSan » Wed May 29, 2013 1:57 pm

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Ldrycycles just wondered if you still have the green Ashby?

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Re: Ashby

Postby Wazza » Wed May 29, 2013 5:02 pm

TimboSan wrote:Hi is there anyone here that currently owns an Ashby tour de France bike from the 70's Fortitute Valley shop or knows about parts for one?
Thanks

Yep, I have one here which was given to me by the original owner. He bought from the Uni bike Shop (UQ at St Lucia) in 1975 to commute while completing his engineering degree. It was sold to my friend as an upmarket racer. Hmmm. weights about 80kgs. Original guards and pump are with it. Left pedal has been bent and it needs a straighten. Wheels are a tiny bit out and the cables are a bit tight however I did pump up the tyres and had a quick ride. So some TLC and its a real goer. Good for a training bike :twisted: .
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Re: Ashby

Postby ldrcycles » Wed May 29, 2013 6:40 pm

TimboSan wrote:
Ldrcycles just wondered if you still have the green Ashby?


No I sold it a few months back, it didn't feel quite right for me so the only reason I had it was to have an Ashby, and I didn't have the time to restore it. Hopefully it's gone to a home where it will get the TLC it needs.
"I must be rather keen on cycling"- Sir Hubert Opperman.

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Re: Ashby

Postby TimboSan » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:28 pm

OK so here is the above Blue Ashby bike nicely restored to some of its former glory, it really is a beautiful bike and appreciation to Wazza for the sale.


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Re: Ashby

Postby b_hoves » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:13 pm

TimboSan wrote:OK so here is the above Blue Ashby bike nicely restored to some of its former glory, it really is a beautiful bike and appreciation to Wazza for the sale.


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The bike looks Great!

This is so weird. I’ve just been looking at my bike project again (which is the ‘tour de france’ model as well) and was just jumping on to ask some questions.

I want to slowly build mine back up; I was going to start with wheels, tyres and brakes. I was just ask what brand and model the brake callipers were and what size the wheels/tyres were (e.g 27 x 1 or 27 x 1 ¼)?

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Re: Ashby

Postby TimboSan » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:44 pm

Hey there - I would love to see a pic of it? So on mine I have kept everything as original as possible except I:
- replaced the handlebar grip with lizard skin tape, much more comfortable, looks great and is 'similar' to the original bar tape
- I bought 27x1 1/8 instead, they are Kenda 36 from memory from Amazon around $33 for two delivered, much better looking than 27 x 1 1/4 as slimmer look is nicer
- replaced the seat with an as new but 25 year old one from another retro bike (not sure the seat in the old pics was original anyway as had 'made in Thailand' on it and looked very new underneath
- replaced brake pads with others that work well

Not sure condition of your brakes etc but they polish up OK with correct treatment

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Re: Ashby

Postby Wazza » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:55 pm

Looks fantastic Tim. Well done!
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Re: Ashby

Postby b_hoves » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:26 pm

TimboSan wrote:Hey there - I would love to see a pic of it? So on mine I have kept everything as original as possible except I:
- replaced the handlebar grip with lizard skin tape, much more comfortable, looks great and is 'similar' to the original bar tape
- I bought 27x1 1/8 instead, they are Kenda 36 from memory from Amazon around $33 for two delivered, much better looking than 27 x 1 1/4 as slimmer look is nicer
- replaced the seat with an as new but 25 year old one from another retro bike (not sure the seat in the old pics was original anyway as had 'made in Thailand' on it and looked very new underneath
- replaced brake pads with others that work well

Not sure condition of your brakes etc but they polish up OK with correct treatment


You can see pics of my frame here.
As you can see I'm starting with nothing (not even the handle bar and stem are original), and the current brake callipers were given to me by forum member Clydesdale Scot, which I'm very grateful for. Eventually I'd like to get to as close to original parts as possible.

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Re: Ashby

Postby JimR » Tue May 06, 2014 11:15 pm

Hi All,

I've interested in any product/ specification information from Ashby, Guthries and Cycles Australia. .?? Seems like not much on this stuff at all, mostly links to this forum where someone has on or knows about the old factory?. There is a few bits and pieces bikes etc popping up on the market from time to time but original brochure's/ info regarding Australian made bicycles of the 1970's & 80s doesn't yield much info in searches. I'd also like to see any old photos of the following bikes: Ashby Tour De France, any Ashby, Local, Sprite, and of course the infamous Cycles Australia Madison.

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Re: Ashby

Postby ldrcycles » Wed May 07, 2014 9:54 am

I'll have a trawl this evening and see what info i can come up with. I did have a Madison SR10 but unfortunately i haven't got any photos of it, but it was just a typical low end junker, heavy frame, safety levers on the brakes etc.
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Re: Ashby

Postby JimR » Wed May 07, 2014 11:50 am

ldrcycles wrote:I'll have a trawl this evening and see what info i can come up with. I did have a Madison SR10 but unfortunately i haven't got any photos of it, but it was just a typical low end junker, heavy frame, safety levers on the brakes etc.


Cheers for the quick reply mate! :D

I think that I just bought that Green Ashby you sold a while ago, as I was chasing info on another Tour De France model I picked up in an old shed at Kalbar. I came also to posses a set of Ashby and Madison decals in storage for 30+ years in mint condition. I put some air in the tires and rode it around the block, both Ashbys my size, one is being built as tourer and the other converted for cyclocross. Any information or pictures about the brand, model lines etc would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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Re: Ashby

Postby JimR » Thu May 15, 2014 9:59 am

Was trying to put some pictures up of these Ashby examples but I think you need more posts,maybe these show up later. I not very IT savvy oh well :arrow:

Hopefully someone knows a bit more about this maker and brand:
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