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    What Brand/Model Is This? 1930's ???

    Very difficult to say really without better/more photos. This style of loop frame was in every British manufacturer's catalogues from early 1900's, in some cases right up to the mid 1950's. Probably not a Rudge, as even the ladies examples from early on typically have the Rudge sloping fork crown.
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    Major Taylor Archive

    I'll have to start following you. Thanks for posting your archive.
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    What bike did you ride today?

    Well said, it's what they were made for after all! Out on 'Inconnu' for 20 miles this afternoon. Fixed gear, wood rims, cork brakes, tub tyres. This old French bike is approximately 110 years old and still used regularly on the roads round here. I've been cycling these quiet country lanes for...
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    Did The Nazis Invent The Bicycle Reflector?

    This is still in use for all new bicycles sold in Europe in theory, plus side reflectors on the wheels. The French and the British also had red rear reflectors in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.
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    The Tale of Two Humbers

    Rudge were actually offering quite a range of colours, as illustrated in this page from the '54/'55 French/Flemish version of their catalogue..... ...obviously not all of these may have been available on all models. (Image from V-CC library). I'm guessing that they may have been produced in...
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    Bikes & Buses (and Cool Old Cars With Bikes)

    No bike in the photo, but I did take the picture from the saddle of my 1899 'Rochester' yesterday afternoon. I'm guessing this traction engine is almost contemporaneous with my bike. They had stopped for a beer and were getting ready to depart, on their way to a steam ploughing match!
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    What bike did you ride today?

    Out on the 1899 'Rochester' today. A total of just over 43 miles. Big 91.5 inch fixed gear, no brakes. My knees were definitely feeling this, but my shoulders were a little more comfortable with these handlebars temporarily swapped over from my 1911 'National' Wittenham Clumps iron-age hill fort...
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    War-time or maybe pre-war ladies Royal Enfield with undated SA hub

    You've done a great sympathetic conservation job on that bike.
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    What bike did you ride today?

    Always good to hear when someone is back to riding.
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    Can someone I’d this bike frame

    Edmond Gentil didn't acquire Labor until 1908. The first time the badge featuring the 'Bridge' design appears is on the cover of their 1909 catalogue. Prior to this date 'Cycles Labor' featured a script style badge as shown here.....
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    Can someone I’d this bike frame

    If only they all looked like the race version! Identification would be easy!
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    Can someone I’d this bike frame

    The fork crown is of the Labor design. Labor also sold complete frames to small producers who would build up machines and rebadge them with their own headbadges. Another feature that I have seen on a couple of Labor bikes is that the year of manufacture is scratched/engraved on the fork...
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    Can someone I’d this bike frame

    I believe that there are at least 30 known (currently) French manufacturers who used the design. From around 1903 into the late 1930's. Less frequently used by British manufacturers. The split bottom bracket suggests to me a date right at the start of that date range. Headset and bottom bracket...
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    What bike did you ride today?

    Rode my 'Ciclos Minaco I' today. I organised a ride featuring historical sites relating to Saxons and Vikings. Luckily these two bike owners took the hint and also came along on very relevant machines. Nick rode his immaculate 1951 Saxon 'Twin Tube'..... ...as British lightweights go, this is...
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