Greetings from the Land of the Plastic Spork!
This is my first posting to this fine forum. I realize I'm a little tardy to this particular party, but the model of Harry Quinn Mountain Bike shown in this old thread is the very closest I have been able to find online resembling one I just acquired yesterday for the princely sum of $5 Americano (i.e.,
That would be not quite 4 quid in "real money"):
I'm mostly just wondering if someone could tell me a bit more about it, such as when and where it was actually made (I am led to understand that apart from Liverpool, some were made in Wales and even under license in Japan). Any "guesstimates" as to its actual value would also be welcome. Now that I've pulled off most of the cobwebs, pumped a bit of air into the tires (that may be "tyres" to you), and given her a bit of a cursory wipedown with a few shots of silicon spray here and there, I have come to suspect that the five bucks I just paid for "an old beach clunker" in a seaside thrift shop might have been a bit of larceny on my part. No, this certainly isn't just some rusty old wobbly-wheeled Huffy to be left behind chained up in the open air under the beach house we're renting for next year.
I've looked over that Harry Quinn Bicycle Serial Number Registry
previously mentioned in this thread, but as near as I can tell, there's not much to help me there. It seems the serial number on mine (if that is indeed what is stamped into the underside of the frame's crankwheel casing) begins with an "OS"--though most of the rest is obscured by a cable guide, as can be somewhat discerned beginning to the right (and upside-down) here:
And, just to round out the tour, here's a shot of the Shimano Exage 300LX rear derailleur, 7-gear freewheel cluster and Mavic rim:
...a peek at the controls:
...and the price still on its seat:
It looks like her old cracked rubber is holding air well enough, and she rides, shifts and brakes rather well. Even the wheels are reasonably true. My hunch is she'd just been sitting in some garage or beachhouse shed for at least the past decade or so....maybe longer...before I got her. So, now I'm just sort of curious: Is this a real
Harry Quinn, or perhaps just some licensed asian knockoff or whatever. That would still be good enough for the likes of me, but any info would be gratefully received....a period brochure or other marketing or service literature would be heaven.