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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Location: NL
I recently restored it as a Blue Riband, but I am not sure if it is one.

Frame number is D2416, being 1952 ?

I've attached some pictures of it to help you determine it.

It was designed for 26 x 1 1/4 rims, but as I could not find any I've fitted the slightly smaller 650A rims.

Hopefully you can help me in this matter.

Kind Regards,

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:06 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Well hello again, it's only been 5 years since my last post, I'm still alive and so so is the Hobbs although not a tap has been done to it since then.
I'm afraid it's been languishing in the shed all this time whilst I was restoring two cars, one of my pride and joys has been sold and I'm now converting my work van into a camper but things have come to a halt as I still need it to be a work van for a few more months before I fully retire.
This has left me twiddling my thumbs until today when I looked up and saw the Hobbs, now how long this resurgence will last I'm not sure, anyway found the tub of bits pieces and started polishing, things have not kept very well some are touch and go as whether or not they can be dragged back or be replaced with some similar retro gear.
Took some pics but need to get them off my phone so I will resume then.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:38 am 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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great to see this thread back up and running :)
Bluto, the best builds are always the slow ones ;)
At least you still have it and if it's not going anywhere then what is the rush? I have a Jack Taylor in the loft which is very similar. Though nowhere near the age of your beauty. It is never going anywhere so the restoration can wait for another time.
I am glad you still have it as I had a 52 Blue Riband Hobbs that I sold a couple of years back. At the time I needed to raise some family money and sold my Blue Riband and also a Colnago Master. The Blue Riband went to a lady in Ohio and while I have never given the Colnago a second thought, it's the Blue Riband that of all the bikes I have ever had, I still wish I had to ride. That's life but sometimes one comes along that is special.
Best of luck with the build and while it's a long time commitment, I will check back often :)


My son and the Blue Riband
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