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Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:50 pm
by singlespeedscott
Nice build. But how do you find the position of the drops? They seem to be rolled very far forward.

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:52 am
by Clydesdale Scot
The unusual shape of the bars means that to ride on the hoods they need to be like that. When I am happy with the gearing and shifting I will rotate them around and ride in the drops.

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:55 pm
by Clydesdale Scot
Image

just serviced (ie dismantled and reassembled) the Cyclo 3 speed freewheel.
a few minor adjustments from its last ride, and ready for a lap of the suburb to check all is in good order for a proper ride tomorrow.

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 10:48 pm
by Dadoflam
Reminds me of something our ride group ran into this morning.....
Nice to meet you at last CS and the bike looks impressive. I hope everyone at the café was suitably impressed.

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:29 pm
by stayer
Love the Hobbs bike complete with period equipment.

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:02 pm
by littlefish
Hello from a new forum member on the other side of the globe. I stumbled across this while searching for information about a bike I've just acquired which is almost certainly a 1946 Hobbs. Frame no 4606768, stamped on the right-hand dropout and on the fork steerer tube.
Fillet brazed frame; as far as I can see the Hobbs brothers liked to keep quiet about the fact that the post-war lug shortage meant that like most builders, they had to offer fillet brazing as the alternative was no frames. It also has Stallard Gear dropouts, and I've yet to find another Hobbs online that has these. Bought at auction, and through the auction house I made contact with the late owner's son, who has provided a photo of the bike his father took in February 1951. Sadly, it's had a rattle-can respray and there's no trace of the original paint or decals. Has anyone seen another Hobbs with Stallard dropouts?

Re: Hobbs of Barbican 1946

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:28 pm
by Clydesdale Scot
Welcome littlefish

for many Australian members:
Stallard gear ends are certainly very specific, and are for Osgear style rear derailleurs.
Stallard was a significant figure in British Cycling

Hobbs are rare in Australia.
On LFGSS there was one (but with the wrong gears!)
https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/208982/

It is entirely feasible for a customer to order Stallard gear ends, as the Hobbs were built to order.

and you could ask at the facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Hobbs-of-Barbi ... 153513954/
Peter Lowry is the V-CC Marque Enthusiast for Hobbs of Barbican

What are your plans for the frame?