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Old 07-10-21, 04:04 PM
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Gone: Price drop, now $50 1970ish Lambert Reg Harris SuperSport

All,

I bought a 1970-72 shiny red Lambert. Variously described as the Reg Harris model (with a sticker attesting to his view that this was the finest racing bicycle made), or SuperSport. It has the sticker proclaiming aerospace tubing and listing the minimum tensile strength for it.


The prior owner did a lot of cleanup, serviced the bottom bracket and headset, replaced tape, tires, pads, cables and housing, etc. The chrome on the fork is pretty clean, paint touched up (Subaru red, it turns out). Discussion started here: eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II
Prior owner was a BF member too.

I was excited by an old-school bike that wasn't going to take a lot of my effort to get going. I brought it home, did two rides on it, and realized:
1) It was too small for me to take on anything but a short ride.
2) The inner chainring hits the frame at one point in the rotation, very gently, not enough to notice riding but noticeable on the stand.

I worked on 2), taking off chainrings and checking flatness, etc. Effort documented here:
Chainring hitting chainstay
I can't figure it out. The best answer seems to be to take apart the BB and put a spacer in the DS to gain 1mm of clearance. But I don't have and can't find a narrow enough socket to take off the crankset. And even fixing 2) isn't going to address 1).

Hence, I'm hoping to find it a good home with a BF member, which would make it four owners in a row.

In addition to the good shape, it has many of the small-bits with Lambert branding, like shifters, crank bolts, seatcollar QR. Suntour FD and Shimano RD not original. This was well before the death fork and according to PO was a standard BB, not the Viscount ones that were problematic in later years. Vintage Pletscher rack is period appropriate. Metal fenders are style-appropriate, one end has just a ziptie anchor and could use improvement. Pedals are new but appropriate. Saddle is rough.

Seat tube is 21" ctc. Bike is on the SF Peninsula.

I paid $150. Given the discovery of needed work I'd take less. I'd take $50 from someone who has the skills to fix it and would ride it, over $100 from someone who wanted to part it out. It's beautiful in a garish stickered way and I'm sad it's been just sitting, not out in the world.









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Old 07-10-21, 04:06 PM
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Oh: 21" ctc on the seat tube.

Sticker:
Guaranteed throughout to be hand crafted from genuine
LAMBERT 1027 ALLOY STEEL TUBING
By Lambert of England LTD
Used in most jet aircraft, this special drawn tub-
ing is made to British standard aircraft spec. No. 3T50
and American aircraft spec No. MIL-T-6736A. This
ultralight tubing contains manganese - silicon
molybdenum - chromium - carbon - silver -
phosphorus
Minimum physical properties and tests include the following
Yield stress tons/sq.in. 50 tons
Ultimate tons/sq.in. 55 tons
Elongation percentage on 2 in. gauge length 12.5%



Sticker content:
This cycle has been personally
???? tested, approved and
**********sed as the finest cycle of
????e in the world today BY
{Signature script - Reg Harris}
5 TIMES WORLD
CHAMPION.
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Shame it's too small, it's a cool bike and the DS spacer should work fine. Shop rookies are known to face shells too much. Seen it on a couple of my bikes.

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Shame it's too small, it's a cool bike and the DS spacer should work fine.
I did consider making a C&V-plea for help, offering to ply with beer and snacks any kind soul who could wield their ultra-thin socket and help with the process. But I wasn't sure if the whole remove-add-spacer-replace was a reasonable thing to do in a visit. I've never removed a fixed-cup, for example.
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Old 07-14-21, 04:42 PM
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Out where the bike belongs to be....
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Shame it's too small, it's a cool bike and the DS spacer should work fine. Shop rookies are known to face shells too much. Seen it on a couple of my bikes.
I wonder if itís an asymmetrical BB spindle and itís installed backwards with the short side on the DS?
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Entirely possible. Flip and see.
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haha, I was two owners ago, and at 5'10" I knew immediately that it was too small for me to restore. Previous owner (2pak?, can't remember screenname) did a damned fine job restoring that bike. Very quirky bike, but it's beautiful now. I almost nicked that crank before passing it on.

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I just sold a couple of bikes for being too big, and if I weren’t at capacity, I would seriously consider this one. Very pretty!
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... if I werenít at capacity, I would seriously consider this one.
It's very slender and easy to store....

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Price drop - $70?

Bump. How about $70?

Sadly, that's also what I'm asking for 10 lbs of Legos
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Price drop $50?

Bump. Price drop.
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Lambert (Reg Harris)

PM sent, I think I might "need" a 70's British bike(?). Crazy, I know!
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All,

Bike is now gone. Apologies to those who reached out this week, but life put me on a deadline to get it out, and I donated it to the Bike Exchange (bikex.org).

If anyone suddenly needs a Lambert, BikEx will presumably have it up for sale before long.

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