1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

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Nearly a Fixie Century on the 1952 Healing

Postby Johnj » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:11 pm

On a whim I took up an offer of a place on the Dulwich Hill BC Fixie Century. This torture test is 170-180 km of fixed wheel fun, from Bundanoon to Sydney.

Because of the short notice I decided to use the Healing as it was the only suitable bike I had. After all, it had a fixed cog on one side and brakes, what could go wrong? I put on two brand new 27x1 1/8 tyres, some SPD pedals and some Ultegra brake pads. I took if for a couple of rides and didn't kill myself, so I was all set....

As the Healing is 60 years old, combined with my age it was a century of a different sort.

The bike and I acquitted ourselves quite well, though Macquarie Pass, with a 500 altitude drop over 8km was pretty hairy on a fixie. Towards the end my brakes started making funny noises and on the very last corner my front tyre exploded. When I stopped (miraculously upright) I found that the steel rims were too hot to touch and my brake pads had overheated. Shortly afterwards someone else had a tyre explosion, which made me feel better.

The rest of the ride was pretty uneventful. I lost touch with the pack on the first uphill after Wollongong. I caught the train at Coledale and with a couple of others I got off at Waterfall and rode from there to Sydney. My total was 145km (short of the magical 100 mile mark), but I was pleased to finish. A bit more training and I should make the full distance next year. I will probably build up a fixie for the event. Definitely alloy rims though....

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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Retro man » Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:29 pm

How did you go JohnJ did you do it again?
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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Ferrovelo » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:11 pm

I'm looking to see the BTM Reynolds decal but it looks like this thread is too old.
Does anyone have a copy of the last pic below?
Thanks.


Johnj wrote:The Healing that I bought some weeks ago arrived. I said on Vanbree's Hard Rubbish Pick Up thread that I'd post some pics. The serial No. is 63267A, suggesting it is slightly younger than the bikes of Vanbree and sixx.

I thought I'd paid too much, but was in for a nice surprise when I opened the box. It is so pretty I have decided to give this one a thread of its own.

The Williams cranks are stamped "AP" and according to Hilary Stone that translates to 1952. The bike is very original, if you discount the brakes, saddle, handgrips and pedals, all of which are cheap Taiwanese items. The bike obviously had a do over in the 1970s, but I don't think was ridden much either before or after the refurb. Front tyre is a Dunlop Speed, back is an Olympic Speedster, both 27x1 1/4 whitewall, conceivably one could be an original. The hubs are French Maxim Lux (rear is a flip-flop), identical to another bike I own that I had tentatively dated to the early 1950s. Freewheel is a Villiers, again pointing to early 1950s. The stem and bars are chrome steel (unbranded as far as I can tell) and I believe are original. The chrome, paint, decals, box lining and pin striping have a few scratches, but are pretty good for a bike over 50 years old.

Anyway, a few pics:

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I've saved the best to last:

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Yes, the BTM (British Tube Mills) Reynolds 531 sticker, for Reynolds tubing manufactured in Kilburn, SA. The only other sample I'm aware of is on a Cecil Walker posted on this thread.

Any advice on correct pedals, saddle and brakes would be greatly appreciated. I have more pics if any are needed (couldn't help myself).
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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:05 am

Johnj wrote:Yes, the BTM (British Tube Mills) Reynolds 531 sticker, for Reynolds tubing manufactured in Kilburn, SA. The only other sample I'm aware of is on a Cecil Walker posted on this thread.

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try messaging John to get more photos, or go to the Sydney Classic Bike Show and chat to John about it then.
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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Ferrovelo » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:52 am

Thanks. I did find that one, but still wondering what is on the other side.
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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Johnj » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:32 am

BTM decal below. I think Greg Softly was supposed to be doing a reproduction.

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I've uploaded all the images of the Healing to a single album here.

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Re: 1952 Healing, with pics, now updated

Postby Ferrovelo » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:29 am

Great. Thanks John.
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