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Old 10-06-21, 04:38 PM
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1956 Humber

I owned a vintage bicycle business for 20 years.
The last 8 years included a retail shop in Cambridge, MA.
Sold it all in 2016.
Of the thousands of cycles I bought/sold/repaired, this was the only one I kept.
1956 Humber, the year I was born.
I plan to go through it, keeping the original paint and patina, but make it a safe and reliable commuter.


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Good for you Vin! Had fun back on Menotomy.
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Thanks very must for posting!

Is it known who produced the crown for the Humber quad bladed fork?


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Spent my first few years on your site when I came into the 3 speed fold! What an information source! Thank You.

You left yourself a nice one to ride around on. Not in the Raleigh owned years it looks like. That one will stand out in the crowd. Birth year even!
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Come to think of it, the algebra inverts in your situation.

You must now follow the law of 1+n.
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The old western saying goes, “Beware the man with one gun, he knows how to use it.” Well, beware the man with only one bike, because he sure knows how to use it (and fix it). Glad you kept one at least after all those other ones fixed.
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That is an excellent bike. Do you know any of the details of its history?
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Good for you Vin! Had fun back on Menotomy.
Thanks. It was an awesome two decades.
After I sold the website and the shop I retired. For about a month.
But haven't touched a cycle except for family and friends.
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Love the bike - can't wait to see your progress thread. I have a 49 Light Tourist and its a lovely ride....its probably just my imagination but I think the duplex fork actually adds to the ride quality.
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That is an excellent bike. Do you know any of the details of its history?
No, I bought it off a guy in Somerville who used it as a commuter.
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Very cool bike. I have a 50s era Claud Butler I need to rebuild one of these days. There is something very neat about having a bike that old to rebuild and ride.
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No, I bought it off a guy in Somerville who used it as a commuter.

I used to ride through Somerville on my commute to and from Stoneham. It'll be great to see what you do, in the way of restoring this bike.
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It'll be great to see what you do, in the way of restoring this bike.
The plan is to go through it mechanically, but to keep the patina.
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Originally Posted by markk900 View Post
Love the bike - can't wait to see your progress thread. I have a 49 Light Tourist and its a lovely ride....its probably just my imagination but I think the duplex fork actually adds to the ride quality.
I do think the fork absorbs some of the road, but without wasting energy as suspension forks do.
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