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Humber Beeston Clubman 1948 Restoration

Old 06-29-20, 07:41 AM
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Humber Beeston Clubman 1948 Restoration

I was given this bike by a gentleman in his eighties who told me he bought it new in 1948. He no longer can ride it and as I restored bikes he offered it to me for free. After taking a look at it I made him take a payment for it, a token payment really but fair as it was going to cost a lot to restore.

The Humber Beeston Clubman is the rarest of the trio of Clubman bikes made by Raleigh, the other two are the Lenton Clubman and the Rudge Aero Clubman.
It had a Sturmey Archer AM Medium Ratio 3 Speed but he said it had failed at some point and the bike shop swopped the innards for an AW Wide Ratio unit.
The bike had been adapted as he got older and the dropped bars changed for Straight Bars and the brakes changed for later Raleigh design as the originals had the fixed length with nipples both ends and the cables were obsolete. Also the rat-trap pedals were replaced with rubber tread ones. The 26” x 1-1/4”. Dunlop Special Lightweight rims were shot having been dented and rusted.

So really I only had a frame, crank set and hubs (SA Casing for rear). From which to restore his bike to original condition.

The frame had been over-sprayed, covering the transfers in a thin film of blue paint. Fortunately there was enough present to photograph and dimension all the transfers to get new ones made. Lloyds made me a new set so I can get the frame refinished and transfers replaced.
The original bars and stem had been long discarded and the stem being the clamp type I had little hope of finding one, luckily and guy in Canada had a correct bars and stem and was happy to sell and ship to UK, fortunately they are in nice condition
The brakes were also tricky as for the Humber Fork Crown they have a special ferrule to fit between the crown plates, I bought several old sets from e-bay and between them I managed to make up a decent correct set. I have also managed to obtain some correct NOS cables.
The 3 Speed trigger on the bike was a mid-fifties type, not correct for 1948 . After much searching I obtained a NOS Model GC2 Trigger which was only made between 1948 & 1949, very rare as NOS.
I found a Sturmey Archer AM 3 Speed hub on e-bay but when I stripped it one of the planet gears and the axle sun gear were stripped, Colwood Wheelworks who happen to be close by supplied the damaged parts so I could rebuild it. In this 3 Speed the planet wheels have to be set using timing marks when re-assembling and this probably was the cause of the damage. I now also have a spare AM 3 Speed hub for spares if needed.
The wheels were 26” x 1-1/4” 40 spoke rear and 32 front. I really wanted to fit the correct Dunlop Special Lightweight rims but these are rare as hens teeth. I attended Bike Jumbles and everyone I spoke to was also wanting them and having no luck. After about a year of looking a front 32 hole stainless one turned up on e-bay and I paid a large sum to get it, it arrived with its original factory wrapping paper still on it.
A few weeks later a rear chrome 40 hole one also NOS showed up and I grabbed that too and that was also still in its original wrapping. At a glance they look identical though stainless has a slightly different colour to the expert eye. The wheels are away being built and I am so pleased to have the correct rims. The chrome parts on the bike do have some corrosion on the visible surfaces but it is not too bad and white vinegar is eliminating the rust, with an oil coating they will be acceptable for re use. All the bearing surfaces are good and will be fine with new balls.
The Bottom Bracket is fine and I also have a NOS replacement set of Cups and Axle if needed.
I found a correct set of rat trap pedals also on e-bay.
Current state of play is the frame has to go to the re-finisher but with the Covid-19 situation I am not able to take it to them. This may change after July 4th when new rules come into play.


Humber Beeston Clubman as obtained.

Pinch bolt type Headset.

Original SA Wheel Wingnuts are all present as also all the mudguard (fender) quick release wing nuts/bolts.


Bike with correct Bars, Stem, Brake Levers & Trigger Shifter fitted.


Bike Stripped and parts treated for re use.

Better view of bike parts showing correct Brakes and Pedals. Saddle has been well treated with Brooks Proofide and I hope to get to good enough condition for re-use.

This is the Sturmey Archer AM Hub, designed for Clubman Bikes. The Planet gears are duplex and need to be timed during re-assembly otherwise they are destroyed when the bike is ridden.

This is the GC2 Trigger Shifter only produced in 1948 & 1949.

This is the GC2 that I obtained NOS.

Humber Beeston Catalogue 1948 Model 325 Literature/Specification.
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Peter,

You are doing an absolute thorough smashing job on this restoration! So glad to see that the headbadge made out well from the overspray.

The wire catches you used to hold tension on the brakes is an idea I will employ.

I was lucky the 60 Raleigh Gran Sport I got still had at least one of its airlite hubs and original 27” special lightweight rims. Took me awhile to find the front set up!

Look forward to more reports.

a Rudge model would be my grail find.
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Peter,

You are doing an absolute thorough smashing job on this restoration! So glad to see that the headbadge made out well from the overspray.

The wire catches you used to hold tension on the brakes is an idea I will employ.

I was lucky the 60 Raleigh Gran Sport I got still had at least one of its airlite hubs and original 27” special lightweight rims. Took me awhile to find the front set up!

Look forward to more reports.

a Rudge model would be my grail find.
I have a Rudge Aero Special from 1952, the later 27x1 ¼ change made for 1952. As with this one, livery variants were made for Humber, Rudge, and Raleigh Lenton. All the same spec except for some branding identity features, all made in the Lenton plant.

I've been thinking about hot-rodding it, but I think the first re-assembly will be as original. The paint and livery is fantastic on mine.
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Drive side goodness

1952 Rudge, I popped on a S-A saddle to test the fit

The Hand of Ulster! Anybody know the Irish connection?

Real live Reynolds!

Pictures of the Aero Special with 27" wheels - younger sibling to the Humber.
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Drive side goodness

1952 Rudge, I popped on a S-A saddle to test the fit

The Hand of Ulster! Anybody know the Irish connection?

Real live Reynolds!

Pictures of the Aero Special with 27" wheels - younger sibling to the Humber.
Yes your Rudge is the later version and your paintwork is in much better condition. Looks totally restorable with those transfers in such good condition, must have been well stored/looked after. Wish you well in bringing it back to life. presumably it has the Sturmey Archer AM 3 Speed with Alloy Shell.
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3speedslow: Thank you for your comments, I cleaned the head badge using cellulose thinners in a damp rag sparingly. The wire catches were not my idea but a very useful one.
The 27" Dunlop Special Lightweights are easier to find than the 26" which went out of fashion once 27" introduced, and Airlites do turn up on eBay from time to time. I alway think nice wheels really do set a bike off especially with stainless double butted spokes.
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These late 40s/early 50s club racers are on my list. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
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No, it has the AM with the steel shell. One of my hot rodding options is to try my FM with alloy. I have one but I need to consult with BikeSmithsDesign.
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The hand of Ulster is strange. It's not red but has a red background.
The designer must have been aware of it's modern significance.
It's a tricky symbol because it depends who is displaying it what it means.
I could not own that bicycle no matter how nice it was. And some people would destroy it while others would ride it with pride.
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The hand of Ulster is strange. It's not red but has a red background.
The designer must have been aware of it's modern significance.
It's a tricky symbol because it depends who is displaying it what it means.
I could not own that bicycle no matter how nice it was. And some people would destroy it while others would ride it with pride.
Your post sent me into an internet rabbit-hole about the meaning of the red hand, and who claims the symbol. I am no wiser than before I began.
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Your post sent me into an internet rabbit-hole about the meaning of the red hand, and who claims the symbol. I am no wiser than before I began.
Its an old symbol and I would imagine it was used as a battle standard. And still is. If I came across that symbol openly displayed I would be on my guard.
It can be part of another flag but it is when it is displayed on its own that it becomes potent.
It doesn't offend in anyway it just makes me cautious.If the o.p hadn't mentioned it I probably wouldn't have noticed it because in this case it is clearly not threatening.
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Its an old symbol and I would imagine it was used as a battle standard. And still is. If I came across that symbol openly displayed I would be on my guard.
It can be part of another flag but it is when it is displayed on its own that it becomes potent.
It doesn't offend in anyway it just makes me cautious.If the o.p hadn't mentioned it I probably wouldn't have noticed it because in this case it is clearly not threatening.
We have one of those symbols here. It is still causing much distress.
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Love these Lenton club bikes. Thank you for the great photos.
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Back on track. Keep up the great work Peter!
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Do both those bikes have Williams cranksets?
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Very nice! I have a '49 Raleigh Clubman, all original except for bars and stem. Though it has alloy EA1 rims, it's still a fairly heavy beast.

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Always enjoy seeing your bike. nlerner
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