New here becuase in clearing out some of my Mum's things I came accross a vintage ladies bike.
I really know very little about the bike and despite hours online researching the maker - "Armstrong" - all I have uncovered, is that Amrstrong were a manufacturer based in Birmingham that was eventually taken over by Raleigh (even that might be incorrect!)
As you can see from the photos, the bike is a one speed (can freewheel) Armstrong ladies loop frame with rod brakes. Also in the images, you will see:
- A fabric (not sure what fabric), Armstrong branded chain gaurd with the words "the better bike",
- Stickers to the seat post and front post, with the Armstrong name
- A Brooks saddle with original saddle bag
- Metal "A" emblem protruding from the front post of the bicycle
Not seen in the photos are the Armstrong embossed peddles, and the only stamping i can find, which appears to show the following letters and numbers "B2B24(?)" Also there appear to be nipples on the wheel drums.
As far as I'm aware from discussions with my mother, she always mentioned something about gut(?!!!) I wonder if this pertains to the chain guard. I also know that the bike was purchased approximately 15 years ago from a dealer after having been "restored".
Final point to make is that it rides reasonably well, and the brakes work, though the steering is slightly tight, i.e nowhere near as loose or fluid as i would expect from a modern bike.
Any help identifying and piecing together the history of this bike would be so gratefully received. An idea of the value would also be interesting to know.