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Van Hauwaert 3 speed, my new bike via trade.

Old 05-29-12, 01:58 PM
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Nice detective work! I thought "Fr." maybe stood for "freres" (brothers), but that would have been a little odd in Limburg. "Francisicus" is indeed more logical. Have you found an actual street address?
I have. hommertseweg 19-21. Now it's just some ugly houses, whereas in the permit a "Iron Shed" is mentioned (probably one of those corrugated semi-circular units).
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Ok, that's really cool. Think of it this way, the raleigh will be a lot easier to find again if the mood strikes, this thing is a once in a lifetime find.
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Originally Posted by punkncat
I am no expert in vintage bikes, by far, but your lot of very good pictures made me think of something. I see that you have at least some experience in restoration, but was thinking that perhaps the frame/fork or possibly even the whole bike to be sent to the likes of one of the restoration companies (Rick's, etc.) and have the paint and decals reapplied in a period correct way?
IDK if doing such would take away from the value, or even the end result you are trying to achieve, but I would think that bike would look awesome restored back to showroom condition, and should certainly be rare in that form outside a museum.
I do appreciate the full on restorations, but that is not what I had in mind for this bike. I'd like to stabilize the rust and preserve the bicycle. Over the years with bicycles I have grown to accept a bicycle with all of it's warts. I have a Mercian which was a major challenge with rust, I think that really shaped my attitude towards preservation. Here is the Mercian thread if you are interested: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...d-paint-damage
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Originally Posted by Italuminium
I have. hommertseweg 19-21. Now it's just some ugly houses, whereas in the permit a "Iron Shed" is mentioned (probably one of those corrugated semi-circular units).
This is what the street looked like in the old days:




I've just e-mailed the local historical society in Hoensbroek. Let's see if they have anything on our friend, mr Fr. Meulen.

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Great job on that Mercian. I have no doubt that this will be just as impressive, if not more.
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A nice change for them from all the castle stuff they have to put up with normally
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
The head badge confuses me. It's a decal that looks very old, but there are also rivets. Is it possible that the frame is older, and the head badge was removed when FR. Meulen did a repaint?
It would not surprise me if this is a perfect fit for the rivet holes:

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That is a really cool chainring. Oh and that headbadge is awesome.
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Originally Posted by Italuminium
The moustache says it all. Can't imagine how it would be like to spend all day on such a single speed, riding the 600 km paris bordeaux.
He looks just a little fit, wot? If only he knew a bunch of bike geeks would be admiring his steel bikes and legs a century after this was taken.
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Funny how it is acceptable to clean patina off aluminum, brass, chrome parts but not painted parts.

Very interesting bicycle.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Funny how it is acceptable to clean patina off aluminum, brass, chrome parts but not painted parts.

Very interesting bicycle.
Huh? I have no issues with repainting a bike. Cost is definitely a factor for me. Not to mention, a newly painted frame would only make the original parts look shabbier. I am going to clean the rust on the frame too, but I want to preserve the original artwork.

Would you repaint the Mona Lisa if it started to look shabby? Not saying this bike compares to that scenario, but it does illustrate my point.
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I'll have to watch for one of those badges!


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This old letterhead has the address on it.

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I'm enamored with that old bike. I'm glad it's arrived in your stable so that it can be shown the proper love and attention it needs.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
This old letterhead has the address on it.

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Great find! I'd love one of those Sport-Touriste bikes. Seems mr Vrankx had a good taste in bikes.

I just got a very friendly reply from the secretary of the Hoensbroek historical society (whose initials are WK, BTW) and the name Fr Meulen did not ring any bells with him, but he promised to ask around, and let us know if anything comes up. Here's hoping.
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I have a Van Hauwaert road bike, posted before. In fact I have another earlier one in parts.... I thought it was Belgian.

The headbadge looks like the crest on the sheet posted.
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Originally Posted by dbakl
I have a Van Hauwaert road bike, posted before. In fact I have another earlier one in parts.... I thought it was Belgian.

The headbadge looks like the crest on the sheet posted.
Cool! How old do you figure your bike is? What is the other one like?
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Some more cleaning progress today. All that I have left are the wheels, handlebar and maybe the chain.


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I used a new method to clean the frame and fork, trying to be gentle on the decal remains. I used naval jelly and a wire brush on the heavy stuff. Then I coated the entire frame in rust converter. After the frame dried, I coated it all with boiled linseed oil. There isn't a lot of great paint left, but I am actually happy with the way the frame looks. I am happy to say that the decals and decorative lining survived the cleanup.

I am pretty positive that the seat stay was repaired at one point. It doesn't bother me, I think it looks cool.

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The linseed oil brought out some detail. It seems to be a Phoenix and a bicycle wheel. There are letters running across the wings and around the lower half of the wheel.

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Originally Posted by dbakl
I have a Van Hauwaert road bike, posted before. In fact I have another earlier one in parts.... I thought it was Belgian.

The headbadge looks like the crest on the sheet posted.
I'm guessing that one is 60s. It came with the wrong wheels and a steel crank: I built a set and added the Stronglight crank and water bottles. Rest was as purchased as I recall.

The other was given to me by a friend. At sometime someone gave it a nice paint job. I initially thought it was a 50s bike from the components, but it also came with a box of parts and I realized they were the original 30/40s parts! Super Champion derailler, 3-speed freewheel, single ring crank with initials like yours, Van Hauwaert brakes, hubs and a can-canning leg wingnut, and the headbadge. I dawned on me someone upgraded it to Campagnolo Gran Sport in the 50s with a double crank, but thankfully saved all the original parts!

Its on my list to get to someday before I die. I want to put the 30/40s parts back on it. And copy these decals so it has an identity.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
The linseed oil brought out some detail. It seems to be a Phoenix and a bicycle wheel. There are letters running across the wings and around the lower half of the wheel.

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Looks like "SUPER" on the lower half of the wheel. Any other letters or words you can make out?
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