1952 hetchins assembly update

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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Winter gives me time now to catch up on bikes since my car project needs warm days to cure primers and chemicals...so I’m working on the hetchins... I got down and cleaned reassemble some of it and keeping the patina....making sure it’s gonna be safe to ride.. it still needs cleaning ..etc but I hobbled it together for a photo shoot.. wow... what a bike ....I thought the fenders would be weird but I like them ....they really set it off and the colors are awesome.. I can just imaging what this bad boy looked like new..the photos
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will help identify the components originally on this bike...
 

iceman

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 8, 2010
95
Vernon, BC, Canada
Fantastic bike. I have been looking for one for a long time. Every time I find one that’s within my budget it is to tall. Please post a picture when you get it finished.
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Thank you for this update.

Have you been able to learn anything of the CANEX name?

Was this perhaps Britain's Cinelli agent at this time?

Slightly surprised not to see a Chater Lea clip style headset for 1952.

Perhaps they were already on the way out...

Hub tip -

hubs appear to be five-piece

one thing which often happens on a large flange five-piece rear is that the drive side flange can work loose. when this occurs there is no danger as nothing can go anywhere. a simple way to check for this is to lay the machine down on its left side and spin the rear wheel like a roulette wheel. if the flange has worked loose you will be able to see the gear block wandering about lazily in an ogival manner.

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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Thanks for the tip... I’m going to work on that area next.. it seems tight but I’ll look carefully... yes there is a light stamp on the stem of cineli Milano on it. The bike seems to to well loved and not neglected through the years..just forgotten in a old garage...
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Started to clean...polish ..respoke and gone through the cassette on the rear... everything is nice just needed a good cleaning and new grease.. he must have been festidious on maintaining the bike it’s in great condition..
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Did the rear rim up cleaned ...greased ...trued and smooth as glass... so quiet ...Iplaced the original campy shifting components on for now will need adjustments .. pics of the original shifting .... :0:0:0
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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,473
San Antonio, United States
Did the rear rim up cleaned ...greased ...trued and smooth as glass... so quiet ...Iplaced the original campy shifting components on for now will need adjustments .. pics of the original shifting .... :0:0:0
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first gen open C shifters. careful they bend easily. those are very nice
 
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1motime

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 7, 2019
197
65
El Segundo, CA
What a beautiful bike. There was a bike store in Westwood California in the mid 1970's. Always 3 or 4 Hetchins in the window. Spent a lot of time staring. They were like jewelry. What are your plans for tires?
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Thanks for your help.. what parts will bend so I can pay extra attention? I’ll probably ride once or twice. Show it often...
first gen open C shifters. careful they bend easily. those are very nice
Thank you... it really glows...ties... That’s just what I’m thinking about.. first I’m not crazy about Presta valves. Schrader valves are a little bigger think I’m going to slightly enlarge the rim hole for them. Easier to get air and tubes...as for ties, I’m in the air. I was thinking colored ones? Any suggestions?
What a beautiful bike. There was a bike store in Westwood California in the mid 1970's. Always 3 or 4 Hetchins in the window. Spent a lot of time staring. They were like jewelry. What are your plans for tires?
 
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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,473
San Antonio, United States
Thanks for your help.. what parts will bend so I can pay extra attention? The shifter levers. If you compare them with later versions levers you will see they are thinner.
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Finally wrapped the bars set up the derailure. Shifts smooth...... now it looks like I need cable sheathing and tires that is it ... I’m almost done. Going to put it on the shelf for a bit do some other things for now
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1motime

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 7, 2019
197
65
El Segundo, CA
Once you get it up on tires and ride it I think you will really like it! Great machine!
 
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
What a beautiful bike. There was a bike store in Westwood California in the mid 1970's. Always 3 or 4 Hetchins in the window. Spent a lot of time staring. They were like jewelry. What are your plans for tires?

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That would be Harding's Westwood Cyclery on Westwood Boulevard - just a few blocks south of the UCLA campus.

In addition to Hetchins the shop was an agent for Raleigh, Carlton & Peugeot. They also had a house brand Harding badge, cycles produced for them by Holdsworthy.

Charlie Harding closed the shop about 1990-91 and moved back home to Ireland for his retirement.

Purchased me first road machine there in 1965 - a white Peugeot model U08.

The loft above the cash register was a wonderful repository for many first quality vintage framesets and fittings.


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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Given the machine's date and presence of Chater Lea fittings one thing you might wish to check on is the steerer diameter.

It may be a standard Reynolds steerer of one inch diameter...or...it may be a Chater Lea steerer or 31/32" diameter.

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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
Ok but I’m unfamiliar with the word steerer what is it? Thanks.
ok lol I found out what it is lol will look. ... :0:0
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Given the machine's date and presence of Chater Lea fittings one thing you might wish to check on is the steerer diameter.

It may be a standard Reynolds steerer of one inch diameter...or...it may be a Chater Lea steerer or 31/32" diameter.

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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,240
Seattle, United States
After a word search I got it... it’s 1” in size Must be a Reynolds standard... good to know...
 
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