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Perhaps the ultimate vintage bike?(6 posts)

Perhaps the ultimate vintage bike?Walter
Aug 6, 2003 1:18 PM

NOS from either 1952 or '49 depending on which expert's got it right. Beautiful chrome.

Rare as that is, and it's got to be rarer than the Masi we saw a few monthsa ago, they've got something rarer. Click the "See other Auctions" link and you'll see a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed fixed gear hub, also NOS. They pop up on occasion and seem to sell for about $400 or so. This NOS one will probably rival the price of the frame.

If you're willing to drop the big $ you could build the ultimate English Club Racer from the 1930s-1950s era. Yours would be a bike most of the "clubmen" wouldn't have been able to afford back in the day, but boy would they have admired it.

Already out of my range and under reserve but that IS the vintage bike I'd love to find somewhere.
Bad link, try this oneWalter
Aug 6, 2003 1:23 PM
I want it....... Great find. I wonder what the reserve is? nmDave Hickey
Aug 6, 2003 5:47 PM
Very pretty, but hardly ultimate retro ...Humma Hah
Aug 7, 2003 9:55 AM
... I'd hold out for a pre-1900 model before I would call it "ultimate". 1898 Wright Van Cleve or St. Clair maybe, or a Pierce or Singer or one produced by Pope's collection of companies (Columbia, etc.) if you want a mass-production model.

Purists would insist the machine be a mid-1800's velocipede or hobby-horse, of course, but termites have claimed most of those.
In the eye of the beholder...Walter
Aug 7, 2003 4:38 PM
I don't know. That Butler built with that S-A 3 speed fixed gear hub would be about as cool as it gets for my money. Actually it's beyond my money but you know what I mean. :)

For some reason I really like the old English "club" racers. Running weekend morning timetrials (the only roadracing legal in the Isles at that time) and then retiring to the pub for a few pints and tales of just missed glory....

There is a word in psychology for feeling nostalgic for a time/place you weren't part of or have never seen. Whatever it is I experience it on the rare occasion I get to see pictures of a bike from that era.

BTW did anyone see the end of the auction for the hub? I missed it. What did bidding top out at?
Did you mean "historical nostalgia"?KenS
Aug 11, 2003 10:40 AM
Here is a link to a review of conceptions of nostalgia. It is part of a dissertation on nostalgia and collecting items.