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'69 Humber Sports

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'69 Humber Sports

Recently I found this bike buried in my grandma's garage.. Never heard of the brand before in my life and there don't seem to be too many threads on it here. Surprisingly enough, after a good cleaning everything works fine. It's just been bugging me; is this some sort of a rarity? I probably wouldn't be selling it, but I'm very curious as to the value of it. Thanks
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Old 02-01-09, 06:59 PM
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IIRC, it's a Brit bike. In my youth, a friend's father had a Humber Super Snipe.
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From Sheldon Brown.

Raleigh, Rudge & Humber
These were the flagship brands of Raleigh Industries, and are of equal quality. 26" wheel models would normally come with Raleigh-pattern rims and Brooks leather saddles. Having separate lines allowed Raleigh to offer exclusive territories to local dealers without writing off other dealers in the same area. The frames on these bikes were generally identical, but each had special distinctive cosmetic features, particularly in the fork construction, and the pattern of the cutouts in the chainwheel:

* Raleigh models featured the "dimpled fork", a fork with a tubular crown and chrome-plated buttons on the ends of the crown. The Raleigh logo depicts Sir Walter Raleigh laying his cape down on the mud so that Queen Elizabeth won't soil her shoes. Other Raleigh logos represent a heron, for reasons that are unclear.

* Rudge models have a sloping fork crown with a removeable chrome cap. The Rudge logo is a human hand, and the chainwheels are cut out in this pattern (you can see this in my article on Cottered Cranks.)

Rudge had some connection with Whitworth, and some of them say "Rudge-Whitworth". See my glossary entry on "Whitworth."
* Humber models often feature a truly bizarre fork design, where upper part of the each fork "blade" consists of two small diameter tubes, one in front of the other, joining halfway down the "blade".

Humber chainwheels have cutouts representing 5 little people running around in a circle, with their feet outward, and their heads joining at the middle.

Humber was also an automobile manufacturer, but I believe the bicycle division was spun off early in the century. The Humber is a major English river.

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Old 02-01-09, 10:48 PM
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Any idea what the seatpost size is on that Humber?
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Guaranteed to be 25.4mm - in other words, 1".

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Thanks for the info guys, and yep, the seat post is 1".
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It is a fairly rare cycle, at least when compared to other 3-speeds like a Raleigh Sports.
Too bad it doesn't have it's chainguard.

It has value as a reliable commuter and would fetch at least $150 in a commuting city during the season.
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