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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:55 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:55 am
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Hi Chris,
Forks are oval in section.
I haven’t had chance to look at the fork number yet.
Here’s a picture of the seat tube decal. It’s in pretty poor condition.
Yes, I’ll do a build thread.
I want to keep the paint as is. Wondering how best to protect it though. Car wax?
I bought it as a frame set with headset only.

So far I’ve put a Shimano bb on it I had lying around. Plus a Brooks saddle and an alloy seatpost. Bars, a very short stem and a pair of B&T brake levers are also on.
I have a set of alloy centre pull B&T Manx brakes to fit. I had to modify the centre pull yoke to accept modern cables and had some cable clamps made up by a friend to replace the originals that were seized.
I bought a pair of modern 26x1 3/8” alloy single speed wheels and a chain to suit. The rear fits okay, but the front axle spindle is too large on the diameter, so will get that reduced to fit.
I have a crankset that fits but it’s very worn and has lots of surface rust.
Only missing the bar tape!.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:08 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:07 pm
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Location: Cotswolds
From what I can see this looks late pre war. 26 inch wheels, chainstay bridge drilled vertically (might have been for gas escape or bonderising, no exit into the bottom bracket). Double box lining was used post war, but rapidly diminishing.

Back in the 40s/50s B&T brakes had a poor reputation, I had no personal experience of them.

Keith


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:28 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:55 am
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Thanks Keith,
You’ve already warned me of the poor performance of the B&T brakes on another thread. Thankfully I live in the Vale of York, so no hills.
BTW, they didn’t come with the bike, but were in a box of bits handed down to me by my grandfather. He was a keen club cyclist in the 30’s & 40’s.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:48 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:07 pm
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Location: Cotswolds
Hi DK,
At my age (85) forgetting is easy, I only come here because I keep on being reminded of things I thought I had forgotten. In this case I had forgotten.

I do recall having a conversation with Claud Butler at Earls Court cycle show, might have been 1955, no idea what we talked about.

So I am probably a mine of useless misinformation.

Keith


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:59 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:55 am
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Hi Keith,
What you consider useless can be valuable to others. Thanks for sharing your recollections.
David


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