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Old 10-19-17, 12:22 PM
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Ever heard of a Rex bicycle?

A friend recently came across a old bike that I'm not familiar with and was wondering if anyone has ever heard of it of knows any thing about it. It's headbadge says "REX" and it appears to be from the '30s to '50s, perhaps even earlier. There is a modern framebuilder named Steve Rex, but they're not the same ... this one is OLD.
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I don't know of anything that old, but Araya made/sold one called the Rex or Rex Criterium in the early 70s. They were really high end for early Japanese. (A bit crude compared to later Japanese production.)
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Rex is also a Swedish bike brand that’s been around since 1896.
REX - Cykelmakarna i Halmstad
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There was also a British brand by that name duirng the post war period.
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This one is British. It has 2 top tubes, kinda like a Rivendell Homer Hilsen. It also has an AW series Sturmey Archer 3-speed. Trying to figure an approx. time period ... anybody?
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Originally Posted by motogeek View Post
This one is British. It has 2 top tubes, kinda like a Rivendell Homer Hilsen. It also has an AW series Sturmey Archer 3-speed. Trying to figure an approx. time period ... anybody?
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Steve Rex is a prolific Sacramento frame builder who makes gorgeous FB frames... but obviously he wasn't around back then!

oops, that was in your first post... but here, have a look

https://www.google.com/search?q=stev...w=1600&bih=769
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Steve Rex is a prolific Sacramento frame builder who makes gorgeous FB frames... but obviously he wasn't around back then!

oops, that was in your first post... but here, have a look

https://www.google.com/search?q=stev...w=1600&bih=769





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This one is British. It has 2 top tubes, kinda like a Rivendell Homer Hilsen. It also has an AW series Sturmey Archer 3-speed. Trying to figure an approx. time period ... anybody?
The generic term for a bicycle with two parallel top tubes is "motorbike". It dates back to the early 20th century, when motorcycles used a similar frame design. Bicycle designers copied the salient features on the new and popular motorcycle, adding a second top tube, long extension handlebars, truss forks and often even a faux gas tank slung between the tube tubes. The motorbike frame design was popular throughout the inter-war period, but lost popularity post World War II.

Twin top tube designs were also popular for delivery bicycles used by small shop owners, due to the added strength of the frame design. The store name was often printed on a panel mounted between the top tubes. Delivery bicycle popularity pretty much tracked that of motorbikes, being very popular throughout the inter-war period and losing popularity in the post World War II era, as automotive vans became more popular and suburbs emerged.

Regarding the age, most Sturmey-Archer hubs have a date code that will closely correspond to the age of the bicycle, assuming the hub is OEM.
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Yeah, I know, GB. Wish I could see it in person, but unfortunately, I don't have the bike. A friend of my friend has it. My friend collects ballooners and doesn't know much about road bikes so he contacted me. This one looks to be a bit before my period of knowledge.

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The Rex deluxe

I there is one from Japan from 60s I guess
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