Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Hauraki Plains District, New Zealand
Bikes: Retro Hercules adult tricycle, 1953 Hercules ladies roadster, 1950s Wearwell fixed gear 'Club' pathracer, 1980s Malvern Star 'Super Star', 1980s Healing GTX-105 Arabesque, 1980's Morrison Concorde & etc & etc.......
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Interesting to see the video on ultility cycling in Kyoto Alan. I must agree with you regarding the availability of utility bicycles here in NZ as most of my own utility bicycles are English and are at least 40 years old.
Some of the old Morrisons are a good basis for a utility bike, but quite a bit needs to be done to them before they're really useful.
Basically they need the seat and handlebars changing as well as better mudguards; - though some models did have full length mudguards from new. Racks and a front basket would need to be fitted, but with care a conversion could be done at minimal expense as compared with buying a brand new bicycle. A tidy Morrison can be picked up for around $50-60; - the Morrison 'Concorde' I purchased recently was only $25.00 and after a clean and a service I'm using it most days for quick nips down the road to the shops.
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