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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.

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    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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    It has 16" (349bsd) rims and the Sturmey AW is dated July '73.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    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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    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:

    halfords7.jpghalfords6.jpghalfords5.jpghalfords4.jpghalfords3.jpghalfords2.jpghalfords1.jpg

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    partially solved:

    halfords7.jpghalfords6.jpghalfords5.jpghalfords4.jpghalfords3.jpghalfords2.jpghalfords1.jpg

    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 ..
    halfordstoptube5.jpghalfordstoptube4.jpg
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    partially solved:

    halfords7.jpghalfords6.jpghalfords5.jpghalfords4.jpghalfords3.jpghalfords2.jpghalfords1.jpg

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
    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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    Like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    Like this?
    Something like that - did you do the hub yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    Like this?

    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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