Hi guys, been steered in this direction by a work colleague.
I was given the Hobbs by my Uncle when I was about twelve or thirteen and like all kids of that age abused the thing from the word go.
When I started work I joined Lancaster Cycling Club and of course by that time had become aware of what I had but unfortunately most of the original equipment (which I may go into at a later date) had gone including the front forks.
I used the Hobbs as my day to day bike and bought a Flying Scot from Wilf Crowther at Central Cycles in Morecambe and fit some fairly decent gear at the time.
The Scot had to go back to Ratray Bros in Glasgow for a rebuild after piling into the back of a paper van early one Sunday morn at Caton doing a 25 mile tt.
As the years went by I gave the Scot to my nephew but not before fitting all my racing stuff onto the Hobbs, and apart from the odd run out every now and then thats been pretty much it.
About ten years ago I stripped the old girl down with the intention of getting it back on the road but that was as far as it got, untill now, I've got the urge again and will do it this time.
So where do we start, need forks and painting, my wheels have Campag hubs with Fiamme rims, I had them respoked when I stripped it down but they came back with Shimano spindles
The bike is registered with the Hobbs owners club(?) and was built in 1947 so its as old as me, I was told its not one of the more sought after models and the e-mails I got back said they churned quite a few of these out, it is lugless with braised joints.
Gear....... Stronglight chainset with TA ring, Campag Record derailleur,
Weinmann 777 centre pull with Universal levers, GB stem and bars, Brooks sadle with copper rivets.
Sorry for the epic post would love to speak to other Hobbs owners.