Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

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Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:33 am

Anyone have any idea what this is? The obvious distinguishing feature is the brazed on "F" insignia on the head tube. Frejus? Flying Scot?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend and I only have this snap taken a few weeks ago, but I can ask for more details. Track dropouts from memory.

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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby WyvernRH » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:26 am

Can't help except in the negative sense, definitely not Flying Scot.

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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby Torana68 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:27 am

a bit closer to home, 50's Oz....... Firth? :)
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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:13 pm

could it be Australian?
The "F" 's listed on the Australian brands include the following
Flash Cycles 492 Beaumont St Mt. Lawley WA
Fleet WA
Flying Ace Bradfords Perth WA
Flying Arrow Perth WA
Flying Atom Mt Hawthorn WA
Flying Eagle South Perth WA

You know about the Flash, and as the others have two words, and their names invoke stylised insignias, how about a Fleet?
[started in Jan 1946]
Is it the earlier incarnation of the current Fleet Cycles?
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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:52 pm

Flash's insignia was the lightning bolt on the headtube and fork blades, so it isn't that. I'm pretty sure it isn't a Flying Arrow. I don't know about the others but the owner ran it past the members of the Historical Cycle Club a few months ago to no avail, and there certainly some members who would remember if they'd seen anything like it before.
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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby FamousFinlay » Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:50 pm

Curious as to whether you established the make in your post. I have just joined the network forum. My great grandfather Forest Finlay built bicyles and motor cycles successfully in Sydne between 1903 and 1908. Nothing to do with the later Finlay Bros and the Barb in melbourne. His bikes were successful against Major Yaylor and Lawson in Australia 1903/04 riden by Carter, Richard "Dick" Arnst won the Sydney 1000 on one and Walcott won the Goulburn Sydney likewise.Jackie Clarke took them to the US as did Iver Lawson. Clarke broke the long standing 1/4 mile record on one in Utah.I have head stock pic of the lightweigt (Famous Finlay F F). He produced stock bikes, standard road racers and specials and the FF.he had his bike weight for racing down to 18 lbs for FF to 21lbs for Specials. The FF would not have had metal badges to save weight. I do not know what the bikes headstocks were except FF. So is there any chance the bike was made 1903-1908? this I assume is easy to tell by materials and manufacture techniques. if so any other marking or numbers.Hope at least this is interesting and hopefully a lead.
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Re: Frame ID - Giant "F" on headtube

Postby RobertFrith » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:51 am

No maker established as yet. The owner is still asking. Headtube lugs would make it post WW2 I would think, so no chance of it being turn of the century I'm afraid
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