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Old 12-11-12, 04:18 PM   #1
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Can anyone identify this? Not RSW...

Hi there, I've already posted this in the classic/vintage section where it was suggested I post it here too.





At first I assumed it was an RSW but on closer inspection it's a little different. The main difference is in the bottom bracket area where the shell is in line with the main tube and the chainstays. IIRC it was slung a little below on the RSW. This has been bugging me not knowing what it is so any help appreciated
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Old 12-11-12, 04:20 PM   #2
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It has 16" (349bsd) rims and the Sturmey AW is dated July '73.
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Old 12-11-12, 04:45 PM   #3
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its an english shopper bike. i think i saw one of those on ebay a while back. although, not with the colorful paint job. too bad its not in better condition. is it rideable?

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Old 12-12-12, 08:45 AM   #4
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its an english shopper bike. i think i saw one of those on ebay a while back. although, not with the colorful paint job. too bad its not in better condition. is it rideable?
Yeah, it rides fine (well, other than being a little unstable). The only thing I've done to it is change the tyres and adjust the indicator rod. I need to do a little welding on the carrier but other than that it's all good. Do you have any idea who the manufacturer may have been?
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im not sure who the manufacturer was, but i think this is the same bike. the crankset is the same as a molten f-frame and the wheels are made my rigida (also moulton)...
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Old "Universal" ?
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Is there a head badge or serial number?
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me too, its an english shopper bike. i think i saw one of those on amazon a while back.thank you
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partially solved:



made for Halfords. but still, the mystery of the manufacturer remains. rigida rims and crankset same as moulton. also, as far as i know, this is the only shopper bike other than the moulton f-frames that have 349 wheels. unique and cool bike. I'm already imagining the possibilities...
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made for Halfords. but still, the mystery of the manufacturer remains. rigida rims and crankset same as moulton. also, as far as i know, this is the only shopper bike other than the moulton f-frames that have 349 wheels. unique and cool bike. I'm already imagining the possibilities...
That is pretty cool! The crank is by Nicklin. Does the bag have a shoulder strap?

I would be tempted to have someone braze a top tube into it, make it into a mini-velo.
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seems we had the same thought ..
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Nice vaporware!

I wouldn't do it to such a nicely preserved original finish, of course. The harlequin design one, though... that's fair game.
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Is there a head badge or serial number?
The head badge seems to have bought the farm, presumably when the harlequin effect was applied. That's been done with vinyl stickers - must have taken whoever did it hours!
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made for Halfords. but still, the mystery of the manufacturer remains. rigida rims and crankset same as moulton. also, as far as i know, this is the only shopper bike other than the moulton f-frames that have 349 wheels. unique and cool bike. I'm already imagining the possibilities...
Halfords! Oh, the shame!
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That is pretty cool! The crank is by Nicklin. Does the bag have a shoulder strap?

I would be tempted to have someone braze a top tube into it, make it into a mini-velo.
I was tempted by the notion myself, but decided it would be better to leave well alone since it's a rare and unusual thing. I am however planning some radical modifications to a mid '70s Kingpin which has seen better days... low profile time trial shopper conversion with 2 speed fixed converted Sturmey Archer AW... Watch this space!
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Something like that - did you do the hub yourself?
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Classic Simplicity - What a fabulous looking bike !
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I purchased the two speed hub and wheel here from a forum member.
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