I found this old fella on the local Craigslist; after some consultation, my neighbor and fellow Roadster-nut Cyndy decided to go see it. So off we went on Sunday.
We thought there was a small chance it might be one of those "high patina" TI- India bikes, but no, it has just been oversprayed. The owner, who was a vintage Schwinn/Musclebike/Kustom guy was going to turn it into a Rat-Rod, but thought better when he realized it had bolt-on stays....
I thought it might be a wartime bike from the blacked-out chrome, but it was Krylon, not Blitzkrieg, that brought this on.
The S-A SW hub is marked 9 57. It currently doesn't work. We have a good LBS owner who is a Sturmey enthusiast, so I might enlist his help if it's beyond me.
It needs a bunch of work, but seems surprisingly free of rust. I'll strip the overspray first and we'll see what's underneath. I plan on doing a full oxalic acid job on this one.
( as well as the Indian Princess lightweight & ROG Pony folder that are currently in the basement).
Anyway, here are some "before" pics.
Frame is 22", which seems unusual for a double-top-tube bike. It has the roadster-standard 28 x 1 1/2 wheels.
No red paint left on the headbadge before it was rattle-canned, anyway. That will be fun to paint.
Interesting fork crown. like the one on that yellow pre-war women's roadster that has been posted here, but doesn't show up in the 50s catalogues. I wonder if the later hub is a replacement and the bike really is older?
Pedals need rebuilding, but the rubbers are okay. Nice and straight shafts, too.
Definitely a UK Phillips... Bars are only a little scratched up on the left side, and should clean up very nicely indeed.
The Bottom bracket does concern me a bit. It's missing either the flip-cap or the ball bearing on the top oil port, and doesn't turn freely at all (the chain is also r-u-s-t-y, so no surprise).
I shot 20 CCs of 20w-50 in there with a syringe just to protect it, and will pull the cranks and bottom bracket this week. Lets hope the bearings, races, and cups are decent.
Tires are rotten and torn. but are the original John Bull Roadster models. Too bad they're shot- the tread looks great!
Grips are probably original, too. They are completely perished. Rear reflector is non-original, so I'll need to find a Phillips, Bluemels, Fairylite, or Sturmey-Archer one to re-fit. Anyone have a clue which one is most correct, assuming it actually is a 1957 or 58 model?
Cotters are not matched, and probably shot.
All other screws and nuts are original pattern.
Cyndy the Roadster Nut is ecstatic. This one joins her early 60s PRC "Phoenix" double-tube roadster, and will probably be even more fun to ride.
What do y'all think?