Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

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Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

Postby Darla » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:55 am

Hi,

Does anyone know what happened to Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks?

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Re: Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

Postby RobertFrith » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:42 am

Good question. I think Gordonsons must've closed up in the late '80's, no idea about Mortlocks. The Indis and most of the bikes Gordonsons were serving up were really very poor quality, heavy tubing, low end steel components. There are a lot of survivors out there, many in excellent condition having been ridden so little.
* Mods this thread might be more at home on the Retro forum.

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Re: Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

Postby find_bruce » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:05 am

RobertFrith wrote:Mods this thread might be more at home on the Retro forum.
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Re: Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

Postby Thoglette » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:23 pm

RobertFrith wrote:Good question. I think Gordonsons must've closed up in the late '80's,

That'd be about right. I recall them still being on Wellington St in the early 80s and being gone by the end of the decade.

I've a plain-steel Gordo in the shed that I adore.

Made for 28" wheels but flogged by them as a 27" touring tens-speed. Brakes barely reached the rims even with looong reach (read floppy) calipers. Combine that with the original steel rims; rock-hard rubber pads & "suicide" brake levers and you got very poor stopping (well, "retarding") power, even in the dry.

But it's in a very pretty translucent red. With original alloy mudguards.

Swapped out the drop bars for some south-roads; added some "normal" break levers; alloy rims & Kool-stops and it now stops properly. I'm running a 3sp S/A hub, just to remind me why we abandoned them for the Japanese gear. :D
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Re: Gordonsons Cycles and Indie 500/Mortlocks

Postby RobertFrith » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:07 pm

These ads are from 1985. They list 3 metro area shops and a factory showroom.

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