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DannyC
10-18-2013, 07:57 AM
In the deepest darkest recesses of my Bike shed in the back garden (yes, it is a purpose built shed just for bikes) there is a 48 Yr Old 4 Speed SA-FW hub in a 28-spoke 16-inch Dunlop E3J Chromed-Steel wheel.
It came with the Mk1 Moulton I rebuilt.
http://s5.postimg.org/lq8ul98mb/PA160898.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/lq8ul98mb/)


It still works in all gears, and although the engineering was not as good in terms of the quality as these hubs are today, it is a testament to the simplicity of the design that it just keeps on going.

This is what it looked like when I got it home from the film "props" auction house.
http://s5.postimg.org/b8ispi7s3/PA160900.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/b8ispi7s3/)

And this is it partially restored.

http://s5.postimg.org/vg0tvjun7/PA160908.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/vg0tvjun7/)

I replaced the heavy steel-wheels with lightweight Alloy ones the front hub is now an SA Hub-generator with drum brake and the 4spd hub was replaced with a 7-speed SRAM unit with a coaster-brake.

When I had nearly finished we had gone from This to THIS :-)
http://s5.postimg.org/7nw3xri03/Gertie_The_Series_1_Before_and_after_so_far.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/7nw3xri03/)

And the fully-finished bike looks like this.

http://s5.postimg.org/947mfwkwz/P1010344_1.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/947mfwkwz/)


http://s5.postimg.org/kkimroogz/P1010342.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/kkimroogz/)

http://s5.postimg.org/4jlg0z17n/P1010303.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/4jlg0z17n/)

http://s5.postimg.org/50b915ecj/P1010343.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/50b915ecj/)

http://s5.postimg.org/5ecl0qyg3/P1010346.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/5ecl0qyg3/)

Not a lot to do with AZ I grant you, but the re-furbishing of something that was originally manufactured when I was just 11 years old was a very satisfying project.


Regards,

Dan.

FrankCrank
10-18-2013, 09:22 AM
...very nice Dan, classic worthy of a good restoration/update. My brother back in UK recently acquired an ancient Raleigh - something like the Raleigh Twenty, only with 16" wheels like yours, dyno up front. It was in need of some TLC, but he tweaked the rear hub a little and was able to get all 3 gears - as you say, testament to a superb piece of engineering. Mind you, still got painful memories of my Raleigh Chopper and that awful gear shifter, false neutrals brought a tear to my eye on many an occasion.......

Neil B
10-18-2013, 01:49 PM
Very nice :cool:. Another 48 years before the next refurb. It's crying out for a Brooks saddle though. :evilgrin:

DannyC
10-18-2013, 05:54 PM
Hi Neil,

It did have a beautiful B17 saddle on it in Honey-brown as part of the re-furb originally.

But, it was the most uncomfortable thing I have ever sat upon, whereby I would be numb from my perineum all the way to Admiral Winkey's one-eye after only 7 miles or so of cycling.

I wasn't a wimp, I really wanted to "enjoy" the legendary Brooks comfort and I tried a variety of saddle "angles" and either I was "uncomfortable on the seat, or my arms & wrists were being given hell.

So I removed it and put something more comfortable on there as a pro-tem measure.

I do understand that the Brooks B17 is legendary....but exactly what for I'm not sure.

Perhaps is the "Saddle of choice" for the S & M community. ;-)

Regards,

Dan.

Twinkle
10-19-2013, 02:01 PM
Nice work Danny

When you have finished with it give us a call and I 'll collect it

regards emma

TexasTuff
10-19-2013, 02:57 PM
Dan, I guess you know that your breaking a long standing tradition here on AZ, don't you? You might even make me have guilt feelings now when I hijack a thread. Then again, maybe not.

Neil B
10-21-2013, 04:39 AM
Hi Neil,

It did have a beautiful B17 saddle on it in Honey-brown as part of the re-furb originally.

But, it was the most uncomfortable thing I have ever sat upon, whereby I would be numb from my perineum all the way to Admiral Winkey's one-eye after only 7 miles or so of cycling.

I wasn't a wimp, I really wanted to "enjoy" the legendary Brooks comfort and I tried a variety of saddle "angles" and either I was "uncomfortable on the seat, or my arms & wrists were being given hell.

So I removed it and put something more comfortable on there as a pro-tem measure.

I do understand that the Brooks B17 is legendary....but exactly what for I'm not sure.

Perhaps is the "Saddle of choice" for the S & M community. ;-)

Regards,

Dan.

I have a B17 Imperial (the one with the cut out in the centre) on both my DFs. They are the most comfortable saddles I have ever sat on, I must have the right shaped arse. But I guess the are like Marmite :cheesy:, love them or hate them.
Neil