This is my one.
Serial no 1120875, I beleive it's an LX Professional, confused by serial number, perhaps they had a set of Nervex Pro lugs kicking about the workshop in 75??
The other bikes I have seen so far with similar detail appear to date from 58 - 64, anyone have any ideas, the...
Many thanks to everybody who chipped in, gr8 to see some lovely old bikes and components too, with a bit of help and a bit more digging around I can definitely say it is a Witcomb LX Professional, 1958 - 62 era, some more research is needed to try to make use of the serial number and possibly...
I picked up a frame a couple of years ago, the paint work was original the decals faded but u can just make them out.
The lug detailing on my frame is identical (Nervex late 50s style) and also the seat stay wrap over detail, I have learned is specific to Witcomb, this is from all of my...
That is a very close match, what a great spot, really helps out with the sleuthing.
Be interesting to see if I can find some of the decals H Lloyds can normally come up trumps.
Love the faded yellow Nervex sticker
Thanks @Hamster for digging this one out from the depths of the intaweb
Hi and the replies have been enlightening, nowt simple about identifying vintage bikes even with a serial number :)
I have restored several Carlton's and many other british road bikes over the years and several of these have had a semi wrap over seat stay fixing, but the difference in quality...
Hi, Im looking to bring back this Witcomb as close as i possibly can to it's former glory.
I picked up the frame a couple of years ago and have had other projects and pesky work keeping me from getting stuck in.
It appears to have nervex lugs throughout.
The paint looks to be the original...
Cheers Mike ;)
It was a summer love in, new components added soon after I picked her up, managed to bag a few Cols, been genuinely impressed with how she handles.
Thinking of moving her on, as I have had a few other projects which I managed to complete.
Had some interest from Canada, she could...
Picked up this vintage Carlton back in early summer, it was in good working order when I collected it.
I was keen to upgrade the budget Suntour gearset to the Suntour SVX in keeping with the period
and quality builds that Carlton 531 bikes came out of the factory with.
Paintwork is original...
Thanks Rusty Nob :)
Appreciate the comments guys :) have a few more projects itching for attention.
decided to get busy and create the Superstar decal for the top tube, found a few more images online of the one I need
And The Winner Is....
Well done Mike!
This is richly deserved for your dedication to the values and craftsmanship of a bygone era, you are a big inspiration to me and to many other vintage bike lovers,
The image above was taken part way through trying to make the original accessories presentable.
I persevered and was really pleased to finally be adding the finishing touches to this cute and individual styled bike. Here's how she looks now replete with new basket and original parcel shelf and...
Enjoyed restoring this bike after picking it up locally, it was looking a bit worse for wear and handpainted.
I enjoyed it so much I have created a blog post, it has pics of the resto and some inane babble.
More for the fettlers amongst us
I mixed a solution from a company called Custom paints with gloss and thinner,
applied 2 or 3 light coats then a final couple of coats of clear.
It wasn't plain sailing, I had the dreaded orange peel occur at one point.
I was fortunate it only occurred on one section...
Researching this Characterful Japanese bike, I have managed to work out it is a 1973 Bridgestone Reena.
Been looking on Google images and have only turned over 1 or 2 images of the bike I have, even then the detailing on the lugs don't match, quite detailled on my version, very simple...