George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

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Postby kukamunga » Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:41 am

I know we're off the topic a bit here, but very nice Apollo IV/ Shimano 600 on eBay here!

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Postby Kid_Carbine » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:33 pm

sketz55 wrote:found the girlfriend a 100% original Robs Special ladies bike, i love it, she doesnt like the colour, so it is on ebay.........boo hoo it has to go
How shallow is that, then again, how stereotypical.
If you like the bike, then keep it & tell her to go buy her own bike in a colour she does like.
Perhaps your next girlfriend will like it.
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Postby Lark2004 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:02 pm

:shock: No, Kukamunga, mine isn't like that......
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Postby kukamunga » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:24 am

Thread resurrection (and cross promotion) time....

[url=http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=120321579233]Ok. No sooner had I prepped this 'Rob Special' bike.....
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... for placing on eBay last week...[/url] :wink:

...than I come across two more 'Rob Special' tagged bikes!

The first is a 1977 Kuwahara framed 'Hallmark' road bike that came complete with some period Shimano 500 components. I have stripped it down, and am trying to get the remains of the alloy stem out of the steerer! I might rebuild it.....
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The second is an older 28" wheeled, coaster-braked 'roadster'. Someone has asked me for 28" wheels and mudguards to resurrect their fathers' bike, so this may have come along at an opportune time, though it'd be pretty neat to put it back together....
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Must be the season for throwing out old 'Rob Special's ! :roll:

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Postby kukamunga » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:11 pm

Getting a bit OT here, but here are a couple of pics of the seat post/ clamp that came on the '77 Kuwahara.....
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Anyone seen one before? A bit of a PITA to mount saddle on,
but probably nowhere as difficult as this style of seatpost....
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Postby WyvernRH » Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:03 am

kukamunga wrote:Getting a bit OT here, but here are a couple of pics of the seat post/ clamp that came on the '77 Kuwahara.....
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Looks like an SR copy of a Simplex seat post to me. As you say a PITA to set up, more so in IMHO than the Campag/Zeus model shown in the other pictures once you had bought/made the bent 10mm spanner needed to reach the (stupidly positioned :roll: ) nuts.

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby cycles gitane » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:52 pm

531db wrote:Kukamunga asked about Rob's Cycles in another thread in this forum.

George finally closed his shop in 1999, and sadly he passed away 10 May 2005.


I have scanned an article from the paper written the day before the shop closed. Hope you can read it.
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I also have an article written by the same journo in the early 1970's.

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Postby 531db » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:08 pm

Thanks for the news clippings, cycles gitane. I had not seen these before, and they add a quite a bit more information to my (and indeed, all our) records of George and his bikes.

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby cycles gitane » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:12 pm

cycles gitane wrote:
531db wrote:Kukamunga asked about Rob's Cycles in another thread in this forum.

George finally closed his shop in 1999, and sadly he passed away 10 May 2005.


I have scanned an article from the paper written the day before the shop closed. Hope you can read it.

I also have an article written by the same journo in the early 1970's.

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Here is the 1970's article in two parts for readability.

see later post in this thread

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Postby 531db » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:20 pm

Fantastic stuff cycles gitane, bot even after saving and enlarging the 1970's article I'm unable to read 90% of it. Any possiblity of trying for a higher definition scan or even typing out all the text for us? :P

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Postby cycles gitane » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:17 pm

531db wrote:Fantastic stuff cycles gitane, bot even after saving and enlarging the 1970's article I'm unable to read 90% of it. Any possiblity of trying for a higher definition scan or even typing out all the text for us? :P


The scan is from a photo copy. This was handed out at the shop in the last days/weeks. The 1999 scan is from the original. My typing skills are not great... :) ( High school typing class in the 1970's was such a drag. Who could of known the the computer keyboard would make it an essential skill). I am uploading a higher definition pic. to flickr. not sure if this version will be any better.


It is not better!! I will work on improving the readability. (Back to the scanner)

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Postby kukamunga » Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:21 pm

kukamunga wrote:The second is an older 28" wheeled, coaster-braked 'roadster'.
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Actually, this bike came with 26 x 1 3/8" (590) wheels/tyres, not 28's (though 28's will just fit). Back together.... pics soon

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Postby cycles gitane » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:41 pm

531db wrote:Fantastic stuff cycles gitane, bot even after saving and enlarging the 1970's article I'm unable to read 90% of it. Any possiblity of trying for a higher definition scan or even typing out all the text for us? :P


Here is the 1970's article in two parts, this should help with readability.


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Re: Robs cycles of Blackburn

Postby Robs cycles » Tue May 26, 2009 12:56 pm

If you want to ask any questions about the shop, what frames were used or need Robs Decals for the frames send email




531db wrote:Ok, firstly my Rob' Special as photographed at the Canberra Bicycle Museum a few years ago.

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby mossko » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:03 am

I just picked up one of these beautiful looking bikes at CERES bike shed in Melbourne

It has Suntour derailleurs and shifters

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby semtex » Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:07 am

Anyone got a Robs Special for sale. I lived in Blackburn all my life but never had one. Now I would love one. Went in a few times when my bmx needed repairs and he was such a great and helpfull guy. Not sure if anyone has an frames or stuff to sell but let me know.

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby Alistair » Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:27 pm

I bought one of these a couple of months ago... i got it really cheap with the intention of stripping it back and going over it completely, but it didn't need it. A weekend cleaning and replacing a few bits has seen it working fine since, and it looks great.

I only have a crap iphone pic of it
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b116/ ... -3aspx.jpg

And i picked up an apollo 4 off a hard rubbish collection a few weeks ago. It has now been painted, and is waiting on some bits

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby semtex » Mon Dec 21, 2009 2:00 pm

ok looks cool.. anyway hope someone out there has a robs bike they would like to sell :)

just thought that it was a cool shop back in the day... a lot of history.


The waiting game begins.


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Re: Robs cycles of Blackburn

Postby awilkinson » Wed May 07, 2014 7:27 am

[quote="Robs cycles"]If you want to ask any questions about the shop, what frames were used or need Robs Decals for the frames send email


Hi, I am new to the forum and have a Rob Special frame and would dearly love to get some decals as I am rebuilding the bike. Can't seem to view any profile or find any email contacts. Can anyone help or suggest where I might be able to find replacement decals?

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Re: Robs cycles of Blackburn

Postby GaryF » Thu May 08, 2014 2:50 am

awilkinson wrote:
Robs cycles wrote:If you want to ask any questions about the shop, what frames were used or need Robs Decals for the frames send email


Hi, I am new to the forum and have a Rob Special frame and would dearly love to get some decals as I am rebuilding the bike. Can't seem to view any profile or find any email contacts. Can anyone help or suggest where I might be able to find replacement decals?

Andrew


Hi Andrew,

Welcome to this forum (as if I'm on the welcoming committee). I was out at Robs Cycles having a chat with George when I asked about a set of decals. He went to a drawer and got me out a set. He wrapped them up in brown paper and gave them to me. I haven't seen them in a few years now but they might be still around somewhere still in their brown paper. I will have a look for them.

Send me a 'Personal Message' with your address and, if I can find them, we might come to some sort of arrangement.

Gary.

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby awilkinson » Thu May 08, 2014 11:10 pm

Thanks Gary for the kind offer and the welcome. I would be happy to come to an arrangement. May be we can scan in the decals and get more printed - would allow others to rebuild and refurbish frames. I will send you a personal message with my details. Andrew

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby scratchman » Sat May 10, 2014 9:03 am

get yourself a copy of this book, there's a couple of Rob's in there, as well as a lot of
great old bikes :D
http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781 ... vQodm1kAYg
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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby robscycles » Sun May 11, 2014 8:41 am

Re decals for robs specials. I worked for mr rob for many years snd have a few stickers left. Some very old. They are for free and I will put them on. Only when im 100% sure its a robs. Remember if its a robs its a special. Noel....

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby awilkinson » Mon May 12, 2014 10:52 pm

Thanks Noel. Great to hear from you and good news on the decals. What is the best way to do this? Do I send pics of the frame or once I have it repainted, do we arrange to meet?

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Re: George Robinson and Rob's Cycles, Blackburn VIC.

Postby kukamunga » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:08 am

There's an old guy who used to frequent the vintage cycle club of Victorias swap meets down here in Melbourne who has a veritable art folio full of NOS vintage bike (local and o/s) brand decals. Cycles Gitane might know of him

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