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Old 12-28-07, 07:07 AM   #1
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1960's Moulton

I've finally started to restore a early 1960's era Moulton. This bike was purchased in the early 1960's by my father for my mother. My parent's lived car-free all their lives and we always bicycled together and walked to whereever we needed to go. I found the bike hanging in the back of their garage and decide to restore it as a memory to those times.

The bike is in good condition, I just disassembled the front wheel hubs and the bearings and races are in great shape. It's most likely the orginal grease! The tires are Dunlop's and are stamped "Made in Great Britain", which I found very cool.

This bike has suspension both front and rear, which I have not opened up yet. Just wondering if there are any knowledgebable individuals here about Moulton.

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Old 12-28-07, 09:50 AM   #2
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I know a little about these machines
Will try to answer any questions .....I can point you in the right direction if I don't know at least?...Ken
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This bike has suspension both front and rear, which I have not opened up yet. Just wondering if there are any knowledgeable individuals here about Moulton.
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The rest of us need photos, though!

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North Road Cyclery here in NC is the Long Time importer for Moulton in the US (not sure where you are). The Moulton story is an interesting to read. Here is a link to North Roads site:

http://www.northroadbicycle.com/

They are a small little shop with a unique clientel. The owners name is Gilbert Anderson, real nice guy and I'm sure could help with parts, manuals, advise..........

And, Of course, we'll be waiting for the pictures.
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Just to get you started....Parts are available from Michael Woolf in LONDON:

http://www.moultoneers.info/preservation/spares/

and here is some suspension knowhow from MP.

http://www.moultoneers.info/tech-topics/


There is also the Moulton Bicycle Club in UK:

http://www.moultoneers.info/the-mbc/


And of course the YAHOO GROUP:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/moultonbicycle/


Don't forget to check out my Flickr pics (link below)
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Thank you Ken for the links, I'll be sure to start researching them. I viewed your albums this afternoon, many beautiful shots. I really enjoyed the pictures of Dr. Moulton. I've taken a few pix's of the bike, its a Moulton Speed 4. It has a 4 speed Surmey Archer internal hub. I remember that when new, it had wicker baskets that attached to the front & rear racks.

http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b106/VT_Bent_Rider in the moulton directory


I found a sticker indicating that it was Made in Great Britain, and another showing all the patents & their numbers that were assigned to the bike design. I also found a serial number on the upper seat tube. The number is K65270432. I'm guessing that this indicates it was made in 1965. Perhaps the 432 unit that year?
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Just a quick one as it is half-past one in the morning in the UK....The number that you have seen tells me that it was produced at the Kirkby (Liverpool) plant in 1965 and was assembled in week 27, and was the 432nd one that week!...Are there any signs that the bike was distributed by HUFFY?..ken...



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Thank you Ken for the links, I'll be sure to start researching them. I viewed your albums this afternoon, many beautiful shots. I really enjoyed the pictures of Dr. Moulton. I've taken a few pix's of the bike, its a Moulton Speed 4. It has a 4 speed Surmey Archer internal hub. I remember that when new, it had wicker baskets that attached to the front & rear racks.

http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b106/VT_Bent_Rider in the moulton directory


I found a sticker indicating that it was Made in Great Britain, and another showing all the patents & their numbers that were assigned to the bike design. I also found a serial number on the upper seat tube. The number is K65270432. I'm guessing that this indicates it was made in 1965. Perhaps the 432 unit that year?
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Just had a quick look at your pics and I must say- how nice it is to see such an original machine...even down to the transfers and moulton accessory sidestand!.....my honest advice is to polish it up, grease every bearing keep the tyres hard and enjoy it...ken
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Hi folks, I have just uploaded a few pics to my Moulton Flickr album.....The new pix are of the 1966-67 lightweight racing model built in very small numbers, probably less than a dozen?
The unique white bikes were handbuilt with specially drawn 531 tubing, and huge Williams chainrings!
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I cant say that I have ever been interested in Moultons but that Speed S is amazing. Very very cool.
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Ken,

no indication that Huffy was the distributor. It was most likely purchased at the local small bike shop that my father frequented. My father served in the Army in WWII, stationed in England, before heading over. He always spoke highly of England and liked English goods. Though he never purchased a car, he talked about seeing a Healey at an autoshow and almost purchasing it. I think that's why he purchased the Moulton for my mother.

Good advise on how to proceed. I just want it to remain as orginal as possible, yet ride it some on the biketrails here. I'm really amazed that the saddle is in such great shape. I would have thought it would have split by now from heat & age.

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I only ask because Huffman imported approx five thousand Moultons as CKD kits between 1963-65.
The frames would have been welded in UK and the range was limited, but they were marketed as Huffy-Moultons....You are right, the saddle looks great, in UK the rain usually rots the stitching!
As for the S speed....this is the ultimate racing Moulton, only stopped by Alex Moulton deciding to sell out to Raleigh in 1967..I believe there is one example in the states?
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