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02-17-20, 02:58 AM
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Posted By hobbs1951

World Cup Superbe.

Interesting thread guys, motivates me to lavish some attention on my 1966 Superbe, bought from the widow of the original owner; a lecturer at the University of Hull during Phillip Larkin's time. He...
02-13-20, 02:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,547
Posted By hobbs1951

The original F.W Evans, don't confuse with the...

The original F.W Evans, don't confuse with the chain of stores of that name, was very famous for being the specialist builder of touring bicycles as early as the 1930s. They were also famous for...
02-11-20, 05:51 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,754
Posted By hobbs1951

Perhaps I'm cheating ?

Not bought but given to me by my Wife's Dad Peter, in the mid 1980s - 1951 Hobbs of Barbican and his sister Pam's 1950 Hobbs of Barbican, Pam bought hers first and it was left in England when she...
02-10-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,294
Posted By hobbs1951

Simple. Futuroscope. John

Simple.

Futuroscope.

John
02-08-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 625
Posted By hobbs1951

This Trek any good ?

Just picked this up for the equivalent of $60.00, is this a decent Trek: thoughts welcome (sellers photos )?

John....
02-02-20, 02:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,669
Posted By hobbs1951

Braze-on Mafac brakes.

My 1975 Bill Philbrook - fillet brazed - touring frame has braze-on fittings for Mafac brakes (Racer).


John.
01-26-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,066
Posted By hobbs1951

I don't recall Shimano reels being available when...

I don't recall Shimano reels being available when these were purchased (new by me): the Mitchell & Abu reels in the 1970s and the Shakespeares* in the early 1980s.

John.

*Sigma's made in Japan
01-26-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,066
Posted By hobbs1951

C & V fishing reels anyone ?

Here are some of mine:
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Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 961
Posted By hobbs1951

You cannot go far wrong with the Somme, e.g...

You cannot go far wrong with the Somme, e.g Thiepval, then perhaps Etaples (Wilfred Owen spent time there), some pleasant countryside* and towns (like Amiens, base yourself in Albert). If you'd like...
Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 04:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,262
Posted By hobbs1951

I think for someone just getting back to cycling...

I think for someone just getting back to cycling attempting something like the Camino is very ambitious, 70 kms day after day requires considerable endurance (cycling 10 or 20 kms doesn't bear...
01-20-20, 03:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,257
Posted By hobbs1951

Carrying Bidons (water bottles).

For those of you that aren't aware, and for those that may be restoring a vintage frameset; braze on bosses (TA bosses) for cages were listed here in England as early as 1964. My Allin Belgique had...
01-08-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By hobbs1951

Of course it was made in England, actually at...

Of course it was made in England, actually at Charlie Roberts first workshop in Sydenham, I can even tell you who did the luglining (but I'll not steal my own thunder !). Roberts had one or two shops...
01-07-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By hobbs1951

Very nice early Roberts (not the earliest, I have...

Very nice early Roberts (not the earliest, I have #107 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=107) & #127...
01-06-20, 04:00 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,074
Posted By hobbs1951

You've clearly missed the point of my post. ...

You've clearly missed the point of my post.

John.
01-06-20, 02:54 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,074
Posted By hobbs1951

Nice bicycle, and I do like the colour choice,...

Nice bicycle, and I do like the colour choice, not sure about some of your comments: especially the above one about chainstay shaping*. Davidson certainly didn't invent the style nor did he perfect...
01-02-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 31,411
Posted By hobbs1951

1984 Raleigh Corsa (Lightweight Unit)

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I bought this new in 1984 (replace my stolen Roberts), first year...
10-07-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,749
Posted By hobbs1951

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09-24-19, 02:09 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,021
Posted By hobbs1951

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One of the classiest, the rare brass and glass enamel Hobbs of Barbican...
09-16-19, 01:50 AM
Replies: 1,917
Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

Here is the man from Navarre's Espada. ...

Here is the man from Navarre's Espada.


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09-13-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 1,917
Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

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A mid 1970s Roberts TT bicycle (built by Charlie Roberts, Geoff Roberts or Derek...
09-13-19, 03:18 AM
Replies: 7,358
Views: 3,197,519
Posted By hobbs1951

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This is my drop 'bar project, a Ridgeback (bought last year - seller's photo) -...
09-11-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 1,917
Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

One of my heroes, the late great Laurent Fignon....

One of my heroes, the late great Laurent Fignon. Criticised, especially as a result of Greg's win in the 1989 TdeF, for not adopting aero or modern technologies (as they were then), but these images...
09-11-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,711
Posted By hobbs1951

Best thing about the bicycle is the chainset. ...

Best thing about the bicycle is the chainset.

John.
09-11-19, 05:43 AM
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Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain -...

Apologies, I took it for granted: Great Britain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Mitchell_(British_cyclist)

John
09-11-19, 03:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,711
Posted By hobbs1951

Whatever the make of frame, it lacks hand...

Whatever the make of frame, it lacks hand finishing so a factory built frameset.

John
09-11-19, 01:32 AM
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Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

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09-10-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 1,917
Views: 293,687
Posted By hobbs1951

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My friend Glen Mitchell's Roberts track machine built by Geoff Roberts...
09-09-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

This frame would have been built for 700s or...

This frame would have been built for 700s or sprints not 27s - I am an expert on Roberts built frames.

John.
09-09-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Your bicycle but it's a BIG NO from me - I've...

Your bicycle but it's a BIG NO from me - I've called the taste police !

John.
09-09-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Think we saw that ! John.

Think we saw that !

John.
09-07-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Yes, it is a Roberts built Geoffrey Butler* and...

Yes, it is a Roberts built Geoffrey Butler* and built by either Geoff Roberts (Charles' youngest son - my friend) or Derek Bailey. There's a remote chance it may have been built by Charles (Charlie)...
09-07-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

The long point lugs and shot in stays aren't the...

The long point lugs and shot in stays aren't the biggest clue: I have already given you a huge clue - your frame was built by Roberts.

John.
09-07-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 24,305
Posted By hobbs1951

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My 1980s Roberts Tourer (531st) it's has been tweaked a little since...
09-07-19, 01:41 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Firstly thank you. I refer you to my post...

Firstly thank you.


I refer you to my post #44 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=44) on this thread, Geoffrey Butler Cycles did not build frames, they were always...
09-06-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Firstly and not wishing to be churlish my...

Firstly and not wishing to be churlish my information is first hand - being there and knowing the shops and builders*. And no your frame is not a Shrubb. Cliff, whom I knew, did not build for...
09-06-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Seeing the frame number, and how it appears and...

Seeing the frame number, and how it appears and the style of stamp, confirms to me what workshop built this frameset (if I could see the frame I could tell you the name of the man who built it)....
09-05-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Deleted. Little point trying to help on this...

Deleted.

Little point trying to help on this thread.

John.
09-05-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

You may have cherished it but I'd check your...

You may have cherished it but I'd check your memory: Geoffrey Butler did not have a factory ! It was one shop - perhaps you recall the address - do folk on this forum never read previous posts ?
...
09-05-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

I did ask if you could forward (ie. an image) the...

I did ask if you could forward (ie. an image) the frame number. I know Geoffrey Butler cycles, used to walk/cycle past their shop on my way to school back in the day. They did not build frames (in a...
09-04-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,187
Posted By hobbs1951

Do you have a frame number ? John.

Do you have a frame number ?

John.
08-26-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By hobbs1951

A Bank Holiday (here in England) bump for the...

A Bank Holiday (here in England) bump for the legend that is (Geoff) Roberts.

John.
08-23-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By hobbs1951

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Thanks again,

Charles (Charlie) Roberts was foreman in...
08-23-19, 01:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By hobbs1951

Appreciate your comments. Roberts are a legend...

Appreciate your comments. Roberts are a legend among English framebuilders since the 1960s when Charles Benjamin Roberts left Holdsworth (he was foreman) and started his own business. His son Geoff...
08-22-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By hobbs1951

Good to hear from you Bill, I hadn't intended...

Good to hear from you Bill, I hadn't intended being a stranger. The Roberts open day was a great success, I have been helping Geoff (Roberts) with a few things over the last few months and will soon...
08-22-19, 12:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By hobbs1951

Roberts Cycles Open Day (Charles Roberts Memorial Day).

Last Sunday was the Roberts Cycles Open Day in sunny East Sussex, 70+ Roberts owners and enthusiasts in attendance, bbq, refreshments, live jazz trio and of course many fine bicycles and their...
08-14-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 30,252
Posted By hobbs1951

Look pedals.

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Still using my original Look pedals, bought in late 1986 after seeing Hinault using...
08-07-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,940
Posted By hobbs1951

Not wishing to be rude, but majority of 'bars on...

Not wishing to be rude, but majority of 'bars on this thread are incorrectly wrapped.

John.
08-01-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,187
Posted By hobbs1951

There's rarely enough interest in highly...

There's rarely enough interest in highly respected builders such as - Allin, Bill Philbrook, Roberts, Cliff Shrubb...these are very highly regarded but little seen/discussed on British forums let...
06-13-19, 03:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,174
Posted By hobbs1951

Froome despite his palmares, has a poor record...

Froome despite his palmares, has a poor record with regard to his bike handling skills - his races/career punctuated with near misses and crashes. This latest and very serious crash* my well mark the...
06-13-19, 03:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 19,615
Posted By hobbs1951

I have just purchased from the original owner a...

I have just purchased from the original owner a 1992 Tequesta in the rarer blue.

Could someone advise, is this frame suspension fork compatible ?

John.
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