Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spring of 1994

 This is a photo of Curtis at the Waterworks, by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Taken in 1994 by an unknown photographer who later gave the framed print to us. The bike is an 1880's Columbia Expert. Note the radial spoke lacing. This was a "go fast" machine, Curtis says this was a great riding bike that he put a lot of miles on.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Le Cyclo freewheel kit

     This is a neat item that came to us recently. It is a Cyclo (French) freewheel kit. NOS new from the 1960's- early 70's. when you unzip the vinyl pouch there is a 5 speed freewheel (steel body and cogs), original oil bottle,  9 spare cogs, spacers, freewheel remover, pawls, spring clips and instruction sheet! Everything you need to service these freewheels, except the chain whip! Nice compact packaging for on the go competition. Campagnolo also had a freewheel service kit in a nice wooden case, but it was much larger than this unit.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

For Sale: Bob jackson road frame and fork 60CM

     This is a bike we obtained over the summer. It was complete and quite dirty. I took it apart and cleaned it up a bit. it is built with Reynolds 531 tubing I assume, there is no decal to tell me, but it feels like a 531 frame. There are no eyelets for fenders on the drop-outs (Campagnolo). I estimate its production to be in the 1970's. It has a lot of scratches in the paint and it is a bit sun faded in areas, but the decals (original) are all intact. The measurements are as follows:
  • 60 CM CTC seat tube
  • 57CM CTC top tube
  • 32 1/2" stand over (without head set or air in tires)
  • 120mm rear spacing.
  • 100mm front spacing.
  • requires 27.2 seat post
  • 26.4 fork crown race
  • English BB threading 1.370 X 24 TPI
     The frame details are mid level production. The head lugs are nicely filed and contoured, the BB shell has long  tangs on the seat tube and down tube. Also the fork has long tangs. The crown is semi sloping with slotted shoulders. Very nice.  Full wrapping seat stays on the seat cluster are a bit chunky, but still nice. White lug lining. it has water bottle bosses and a braze on for the rear derailleur housing stop. There are a couple number sequences stamped on the BB shell. they are: 8238, 145,250 I do not know how to decipher these numbers and there is very little info on their serial system. The frame and fork are in alignment. This will make a great restoration candidate or build as a winter time training bike.
     Cost is $350.00. please email with any questions at: shipping and handling to be calculated depending on location. local pick up is fine as well.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Re-post from a friend. Clever.

Curtis's set up in at Memory Lane swap in Ohio

Our friend and fellow bike collector Biz sent me these two photos of Curtis's set up out in Ohio at the Memory Lane swap happening now. Wishing I was there instead of stuck in front of the computer. Thanks Biz!