[/quote]Yeah, those old wheels were terribly inefficient weren't they? Modern ones go round and round unlike old ones which go, er.......
You don't have to take period too literally, my Hetchins has Weinmann alloy rims and a very free running Blumfield front hub, and modern light and fast 27" tyres.
Ok the alloy Sturmey is weighty, but it's a hub so weight doesn't have a massive effect when it's rolling.
What is the point in owning a quantity of bikes with all the same componentry? Modern or otherwise.
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.