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Postby Leigh_caines » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:50 am

Should I give it a ‘full work over’ or leave it ‘as is’?

I managed to find two tyers that had been sitting on the LBS wall for god knows how long and two tubes to fit.
This is a great bike.
With it’s odd sized wheels it still rides like a full sized bike…
The wheel base is wide giving it the feel again of a full size bike…
I’ve had it for a month or so and everyone who has a ride on it says …
“Wow! I like it…didn’t expect it to feel so good”

1969 Malvern Star "Family" model bicycle made in Mount Waverley, Melbourne, by General Accessories,(serial number 1041574).
The bike was assembled in Australia from imported Japanese parts. Besides the rare 22 inch wheels, the Malvern Star also has SA three speed hub gears {AW}, mudguards, a chain guard, and Araya chrome rims made in Japan.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:55 am

I have the mudguards and chain guard
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Postby kukamunga » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:54 pm

I have something similar with 22" wheels/ tyres - a 'Courteney', manufactured for Graecross Industries, Bayswater, VIC. It is Japanese, all steel, with Shimano 3 spd hub and shifter, enclosed chainguard, mudguards, sprung saddle, rack, basket, bell, bottle dynamo and light, in a lovely red. It is in excellent condition, and all original as far as I can tell. All, or most components seem to be made in Japan. The whitewall tyres are in good nick also!

One day, I'll post some pictures of my bike collection :roll: :oops: :?
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Postby Leigh_caines » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:41 pm

Yes… there seemed to have been a rash of small wheel bikes showed up in the early 70’s…. maybe in answer to the Moulton [not the right spelling] win in a few races.
Your 'Courteney' and a French one and the Star all had 22 inch wheels…
Then there were the 20 inch ones like the ‘Raleigh 20’ [I have one as well but the “Star” ride better by a long shot.]
Dose your one ride well?
The coming of the BMX seems to have killed all other small wheel bike bar the folders…

Yeah I'd like to see your bike collection :)
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Postby Kid_Carbine » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:57 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:Yes… there seemed to have been a rash of small wheel bikes showed up in the early 70’s…. maybe in answer to the Moulton [not the right spelling] win in a few races.

Actually, .... it IS the correct spelling & I have one, ...... available.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:37 pm

Spelling not my strong point so it'd only be by mistake I got it right :?
Moulton...
yes always wanted one in my fleet...
one will show up at the right price one day :)
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Postby kukamunga » Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:00 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:Dose your one ride well?


If I was sub- 5' tall, it might ride better! Designed by small Japanese people for small Japanese people, me thinks. It seems to ride ok. The 3spd works ok. 22" x 1.75" tyres cushion ok. Teddy thinks the basket is ok. If I can fit it with a longer seatpost, might take it for a more serious cruise along my local bike paths. I only picked it up a few months ago, and the main thing is, it looks ok! 8) I can send a mobile phone pic. PM me if so :)
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Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:20 pm

kukamunga wrote:One day, I'll post some pictures of my bike collection :roll: :oops: :?


Yes you should, you got some real lovelies in your shed. :D
Thanks for showing me about today mate, I feel great after a shower.
Mind you the Mickey mouse hands are huge :lol:

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Postby Leigh_caines » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:51 pm

>>If I was sub- 5' tall, it might ride better! Designed by small Japanese people for small Japanese people, me thinks<<

Well if that the case it's nothing like my "Star"
It has a wheel base as long as a road bike and my 6foot4inch mate can ride it.
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Postby kukamunga » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:45 pm

Wheelbase on 'Courteney' is 100.5cm/39.5". Seat tube ~35cm/14". Effective top tube ~51cm/20". Probably very similar to dimensions of yours, looking at pic :wink: Seatpost and bar are nowhere near as tall as yours, limiting 174cm/5' 8.5" people like myself.

Frame construction is different to yours in that ovalised downtube joins separate seat tube just above BB. No plans to modify mine. It appears to be in 99% complete, original condition, right down to tyres, brake pads, grips and rear kickstand. Only a rear tailight or reflector appears to be missing.
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Postby GaryF » Thu Jan 24, 2008 3:44 pm

Hi Leigh,

I remember riding those bikes around big construction sites. They were good transport.
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Postby Recycler » Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:37 pm

Gday Mulga-bill, I saw that you have a Moulton, may I ask as which Model is it you have :?: I have a FX8 APB and a 1961 original first model . These are some of my favourite bikes. I will put some pics up later. Good Luck. PS will send pics of Scooter Rose drive train at the same time..
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Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:52 pm

Recycler wrote:Gday Mulga-bill, I saw that you have a Moulton,


Not me I'm afraid...

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Postby Leigh_caines » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:11 am

Kid_Carbine said he had one :)
Even sounded like he might sell it but will it fit in your shed Bob?

Hi GaryF
wish I'd had time when on
big construction sites to ride a bike
I just seemed to have my head down bum up
makeing a quid :wink:
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Postby kukamunga » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:01 pm

kukamunga wrote:I have something similar with 22" wheels/ tyres - a 'Courteney', manufactured for Graecross Industries, Bayswater, VIC. It is Japanese, all steel, with Shimano 3 spd hub and shifter, enclosed chainguard, mudguards, sprung saddle, rack, basket, bell, bottle dynamo and light, in a lovely red. It is in excellent condition, and all original as far as I can tell. All, or most components seem to be made in Japan. The whitewall tyres are in good nick also!

One day, I'll post some pictures of my bike collection :roll: :oops: :?

Pics of 'Courteney' moved to new thread here
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Postby Kid_Carbine » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:10 pm

Leigh_caines wrote:Kid_Carbine said he had one :)
Even sounded like he might sell it but will it fit in your shed Bob?


Sell it? Hell, it cost me $20 to have the forks professionally repaired.
Gimme $20, pick it up & it's yours, ... anybody.
I can deliver to some parts of Sydney or the ACT
I'll see if I can do a picture or two soon but don't expect a pristine example, more of a 'restorers delight'

I found it on a Farm when fixing a phone service one day & the lady of the house gave it to me as it was just taking up space in an open tumbledown shed. I took it to save it from destruction & to pass it on to somebody who wanted it.
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Postby Leigh_caines » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:45 am

Hey Kid
That’s to good a one to knock back
'restorers delight' … now that sounds like the go… will keep me off street corners for a while :)
Now how to get down there and get it..
Lets see…
I’m about to go in have my Gall bladder out… so I’m off the road for a week or 3
But… have a daughter in Sydney (Epping}
or Brother in Law in ACT {Canberra}
What ever is easiest for you?
Thanks mate
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