Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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This is one I have just finished but didn't dare bring to a 'Concours' meet...
I bought this frame off Karen several years ago. It is solid but the chrome needed attention, either re-chorme or paint over (which needs a decent painter!) and the brain went into vacillate mode.. So it hung on the wall until I got a blue anodized Burlite brake off eBay (a forum member if IRRC) and I snapped! I really wanted to ride this biKe! Inspired by a 1950's Freddie Grubb that an old clubmate had back in London with all 1950's blue anodized parts (Airlites etc) I decided to do a BLUE bike and go for 'patina' on the frame!
The chrome was neutralized and polished and as many period parts used as possible, but preferably blue. Modern parts that looked period were used if the 'real stuff' wasn't available. Decals were planned and positioned to hide the worst defects in the chrome. While I'm pretty sure no Jubilee ever left the Clapham works looking exactly like this I reckon there were a few that were damn close The Burlite levers hoops would only fit the diameter of steel bars so that fixed the bar choice,,,,
Fit out ended up as:
Bars: geneic steel randonneur
Chainset: Magistroni steel with Campag alloy 3-arm rings 50/40
Pedals: Wellgo track with Welgo bluee clips
Wheels: Unknown blue 32 hole hubs with velocity rims
Gears : Cyclo push/Pull top action at front, Zeus Alfa Huret copy acrosss a 14-22 Atom at the back, Simplex levers
What do you think, OK or a bit 'flash' It rides really well!
Yes, that's the idea. Might be a long wait tho, I might be lucky enough to score a pair of blue Airlite hubs sometime but I feel the chances of me finding the ultra rare blue anodized Holdsworty or Lyotard pedals is highly unlikely, let alone another blue Burlite brake. Likelihood of picking up a blue dyed Brooks as seen (according to 'Cycling' magazine) at the 1952 Earls Court bicycle show is basically zero..
Most other bits are period or very close to.
That looks great, I have a soft spot for that blue anodizing.
There is on ebay at the moment a pair of brake anodized blue levers GB brand which may be of interest. (item# 121085883271)
Never say never on those seeking parts, they will turn up.
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