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Old 07-06-18, 12:34 PM
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Road Bikes of Fifties Vintage...

We do all kinds of show this bike or that bike threads. So why not a thread on specific decade vintages. So, that said, let's see your bikes from the fifties. Needless to say, I will start.

I got lucky, on Ebay, and scored this 1958 Rabeneick 120d frame and fork set. Been seeking out what I need to build it up but first, the bike will absolutely need new paint and, thanks to Gus Soloman, art...


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It's been repainted, but this is all I have.




1955-ish Viking Trackmaster that's been drilled for brakes. I run it as a single speed.

It was offered to me by an online friend who saw my former FB profile picture (which was of the 1959 Viking Severn Valley which I've passed along to my friend who owns the LBS). Out of the blue one evening my FB friend sent me a message that started with, "I have something for you". I had just sold the Hetchins and had the Pay Pal balance to make it work.
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I hope this thread gets more posts, with pics.
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This is my contribution. All I can say for sure is it is French. The fork looks like it came from a Helyett. The frame? I see seat stay caps that look very B. Carré and the brake bridge is done as BC did some of his. Rolled piece of metal with a tube for the brake bolt. The F&F do belong together. Both have "160" stamped on them. I bought a Stronglight 45 crank for it but screwed up and bought an English model. Won't fit my French BB. Darn those French yet again. Plans are a cottered crank, either a Huret or Simplex plunger type rear derailleur. I have a set of Dural Forge Mafac to use and the rest is up in the air. It is a back burner project as I am working on a B. Carré at the moment.


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1959 Dawes Windrush


Before the Galaxy there was the 8-speed Windrush. It had a straight gauge Reynolds 531 frame, Benelux deraileurs, interesting shifters, and really nice brake hood covers. This one had a working Miller generator light set with fork mounted headlight.

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excellent bikes, love the dawes.
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Vittorio "La Strada" ~1953:



Joco "Ronde van Europa" ~1958:



Early fifties (?) Bontekoe:

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for the bike show by philip.knight, on Flickr
a 1952 EA Boult, built at the time the business was moving into the ownership of an employee, Ernie Whitcomb.
Refurbished under the guidance of its original owner.

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This is my Rotrax Super Course from the early 1950's:


The workmanship on the frame is impeccable:



It was beautifully restored by Argos Racing Cycles (Argos Racing Cycles).

There are still a few things I'd like to change: fit a classier stem and re-wrap the Bailey handle bars to make them a bit more comfortable. It's still a great riding bike though:
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I got lucky, on Ebay, and scored this 1958 Rabeneick 120d frame and fork set. Been seeking out what I need to build it up but first, the bike will absolutely need new paint and, thanks to Gus Soloman, art...

That's a beauty. Are you going back with the black color?
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I have 3 1950s frames now (1 certain, two probables), though none are built up, so I won't pollute this thread with pictures, just links:
English frame: FW Evans 50s or 60s
50s English frames series, #2: Reg
50s English frames series, #3: Bob
I'm very attracted to the slacker frame angles, more curved fork blades, the more ornamental lugs and brighter, more complex colors/polychromy used by 1950s builders.
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I have only one from the 1950s, probably 1959 vintage, if my calibration of Capo serial numbers if correct. CyclArt paint job with accurate two-tone, although the red base color is a little more modern and maroon than the original candy apple.

A previous owner had replaced the original Agrati steel cottered crankset with Nervar Stars, and the maroon(!) Brooks Pro saddle is a new one I found a couple of years ago. I had to replace the original worn out pushrod Campag. GS front derailleur with a more modern unit, and the original GS rear with a 980. Shift levers, brakes, and Ambrosio headset are original.



I did also luck out and find this picture of a nearly all-original 1952 Sieger, including genuine Capo derailleurs (such as they are):







My other Capo is at least a 1960, so it doesn't qualify.
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Firstly, glad I started this thread. The bikes, so far, are awesome and I do not mean that in today's slang like sense. I peruse the pictures in this thread, sometimes unaware that my mouth is open. Anyway...

That's a beauty. Are you going back with the black color?
Right now I am in "choose a color mode". A couple of weeks ago, black was high on my choice list and, for what it is worth, I think the present paint is original. And, of course, black against chrome is stunning almost every time (my opinion). However, two weeks ago, I bought a gorgeous black Cyclops, filling my need for a black bike. That said, I have been thinking antique white with a powder blue head tube (although that blue and red Rotex is pretty darn nice - hum?). But for now and the last test ride, perhaps later today, black is the new black...
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These are very cool bikes. Are most of these "found" in Europe?
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Firstly, glad I started this thread. The bikes, so far, are awesome and I do not mean that in today's slang like sense. I peruse the pictures in this thread, sometimes unaware that my mouth is open. Anyway...



Right now I am in "choose a color mode". A couple of weeks ago, black was high on my choice list and, for what it is worth, I think the present paint is original. And, of course, black against chrome is stunning almost every time (my opinion). However, two weeks ago, I bought a gorgeous black Cyclops, filling my need for a black bike. That said, I have been thinking antique white with a powder blue head tube (although that blue and red Rotex is pretty darn nice - hum?). But for now and the last test ride, perhaps later today, black is the new black...
If it's original paint, I'd keep it, looks like a good touchup and polish job to me. I think the black is stunning with the chrome lugs and legs. Are the chrome panels on the ST and TT original, and are they the chromed frame or decals? And, looking at your other post on this bike, I'd stay with the cottered Stronglight, just looks right for it.
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My current ones are both a bit on the small side for me, thus I don't plan on having either one stick around for too long... However, they're great and almost completely original bikes and worth sharing again!

The Carlton Continental cannot be dated any closer than between 1948-1950 based on my current knowledge -



The 1951 BSA New Hudson Silver Arrow... I emphasize BSA because they had recently purchased New Hudson and this frame and many of its components seems to be rebadged pre-war BSA material -

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These are very cool bikes. Are most of these "found" in Europe?
Capo (or Cap:O, per the latest logo) is still in business in Vienna, Austria (capo.at), and their bikes are somewhat known in central and eastern Europe. We see very few today in the U.S., because Otto Cap exported only a few hundred to this country circa 1960. I remember Witcombs being brought to southern California in the 1970s.
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Raleigh "Lenton" Sports and Rattray Flying Scot

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If it's original paint, I'd keep it, looks like a good touchup and polish job to me. I think the black is stunning with the chrome lugs and legs. Are the chrome panels on the ST and TT original, and are they the chromed frame or decals? And, looking at your other post on this bike, I'd stay with the cottered Stronglight, just looks right for it.
The chrome panels on the top tube and seat tube are original. As for the cottered crank, it will be replaced with a period correct one - a fifties something Stronglight Competition cottered...


Though it looks bad, here, the set did clean up incredibly well. What a break!



As for the color, I was going to keep it black until another black steed joined the stable; however, I am leaning heavily to keeping the black (after all, it is original)...
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Well, I disassembled the bike and looked for clues that would suggest original color, or colors. Turns out that the original livery was blue frame with gold head tube and fork set. What to do?

My painting skills and my eyesight are barely adequate to paint this old steed. That said, a good friend who is a professional bike frame set builder and painter has offered to do the paint work, for free, providing that I cover his costs. I said yes, then reconsidered then reconsidered again, after trying my hand at doing the job myself.

A hint of the blue found inside the seat tube lug...


And the steering stem sports a generous example of the color used on the fork and head tube...


Guess I will go with the blue and gold combination. Will make the final call next Spring when I get back to Canada. The chrome panels are original. Painting the Rabeneick will be job one when I get home...
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Would it have been this combination? From the 1963 catalog:

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Early example by Vic Edwards, - London 1958. Pic from a few years back and have since replaced the pedals. The front Huret plunger action derailleur cage is worn now making tricky shifts. I've only found a potential replacement in the last year but the seller is asking a kings ransom.

Even with the budget Clement tubulars, the ride is magical. Aluminum 'cottered' and risky crank mated to vintage 4 speed TT gearing has been tested a few times on tough climbing events. Love this bike.

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