1973 Speedwell Rover

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1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby Typhoon Ken » Sun Oct 16, 2011 4:17 pm

G'day All,

I have been lurking and learning for a while now so I thought I would contribute some pics to the forum. I picked up the bike on ebay and it had a 3 speed SA rear hub, no guards and a fair bit of surface rust and shot rims. I wanted just a simple coaster hub / back pedal brake so I was lucky enough to get NOS 26 inch steel rims (still wrapped in the factory brown paper) and a recon rear hub. I also got an old 26 inch Speedwell ladies step through which I was able to rob the guards off. Anyway after some scrounging, a few bargins on ebay here it is. It rides like a bike built in 1973 but hey I wasn't after a state of the art bike, I just wanted a bike that took me back to my childhood.

Cheers,

Ken

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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby lunar_c » Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:17 am

You've done a lovely job on that mate! Looks like a lot of fun :)
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby vaeske » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:55 am

hey ken that is a great looking bike restoration! Question: how did you do the decals? that is the only thing stopping me from stripping and redoing my special sports.
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby Matt Zac » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:59 am

Hey Ken, That is a real beauty! well done!

I've had two of these - both rough and rusty - and it's good to see one so nice 8)

Enjoy it!
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby scratchman » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:09 pm

vaeske wrote:hey ken that is a great looking bike restoration! Question: how did you do the decals? that is the only thing stopping me from stripping and redoing my special sports.


you could try here
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Speedwell-se ... 45ef1b34f1
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby peachy » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:16 pm

Nice work. Its a good feeling hey, you ought to be proud. I had an old mens malvern star that I converted to a cruiser, same color as yours. You couldnt wipe the smile off my face whilst riding it, must of looked like the biggest twat but I didnt care :lol: :P
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby vaeske » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:38 pm

scratchman wrote:
vaeske wrote:hey ken that is a great looking bike restoration! Question: how did you do the decals? that is the only thing stopping me from stripping and redoing my special sports.


you could try here
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Speedwell-se ... 45ef1b34f1


thanks scratchman, i would if it was like the ones i'm after for my speedwell special sports but it ain't, so my search continues.
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby Typhoon Ken » Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:32 am

Thanks for the kind words all. Yep I love it, simple design and only the bare minimum of moving parts. I'm in the process of finishing a bookend Speedwell Ladies Step Through of the same age for my partners so I'll whack some pics up of that as soon as it's finished.

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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:22 pm

I missed this thread, fantastic work, it looks great.
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:40 pm

Typhoon Ken wrote: I'm in the process of finishing a bookend Speedwell Ladies Step Through of the same age for my partners

Ken


You a polygamist ken? :wink:

That is one suuweeet ride. Well done
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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby Typhoon Ken » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:00 pm

One's enough trouble! Here's her bike.

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Re: 1973 Speedwell Rover

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:03 pm

That could have just rolled off the showroom floor! :D Gorgeous.
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