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    Bicycle in Iraq

    Hello everyone,

    I've been a long time lurker. It's nice to finally be official.

    Anyway, I'm hoping someone can help me identify a bicycle I saw saw several years ago in southern Iraq. I have my own suspicions as to the make/model of the bicycle but would like to get others' opinions.

    Thanks!

    Aleks

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    Welcome to C&V Aleksandr - For a first post you sure made it difficult enough.

    Doesn't look like a Raleigh from the headbadge nor a Rudge based on the chain ring. It does appear that the chain-ring has some lettering on it though - which, (if we could make it out) would tell us the brand. BTW, the crank is on he wrong side because (presumably) the photo is flipped. ( If not, it would certainly narrow the possibilities!)
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    Ummm, I don't see any way to flip that photo, the crank ring is on his left foot side?

    *oh, I see now, scanned negative is like a mirror image,...
    Last edited by Tuc; 04-30-12 at 08:31 AM. Reason: sobriety

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuc View Post
    Ummm, I don't see any way to flip that photo, the crank ring is on his left foot side?
    I'd guess it's on film based on the dust. It's scanned in wrong side up.

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    auchencrow -- Good catch. The photo was a scanned negative; I must have had the negative strip flipped around when I placed it on the scanner. Here we are:

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    For the moment, I only have this relatively low-resolution image. I may be able to get a better scan of the negative in a day or two. I might even be able to get a close up of the chainring.

    Aleks

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    Here it is flipped. I zoomed into the chainring and headbadge, but couldn't make anything out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatwolf View Post
    I'd guess it's on film based on the dust. It's scanned in wrong side up.
    Excellent observation.

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    could be one of many bikes manufactured in India!

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    Seems odd that the brakes are missing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
    Seems odd that the brakes are missing!
    Maybe a coaster brake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irvri View Post
    Maybe a coaster brake?
    It has brake levers, but no rods or stirrups.

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    I took a closer look at a higher resolution photo, but it didn't reveal anything of importance.

    So here is my best guess: http://www.flickr.com/photos/permpongi/5160557356/

    A 1950s Armstrong bicycle.

    Any thoughts? Plausible? Way off?

    Cheers,
    Aleksandr

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    Dude looks grumpy. Beyond that, I couldn't tell a thing.
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