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1956 Humber Sports find

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PJ311foo

Finally riding a big boys bike
Another great local (sort of) find! Made a day out of going to pick it up. Visited a state park on the way back and ate at a Taco Johns! The brooks saddle is from my stash, but that’s all I’ve done to it. It came with the original Raleigh Industries pedals and John Bull brake pads. I have never seen this style rack in all my years collecting, but it looks period correct and is in great condition. I usually always take them down and clean every part meticulously, but lately I’m liking the sweaty greasy look to these bikes. So I may just wipe it down and leave it as is. Happy to have another great ride in the collection 😎

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juvela

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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thank you so much for sharing this new arrival! 😃

each time see the "dancing men" chainwheel it brings up a faint memory of a Sherlock Holmes story where there is a code used to communicate in plain sight between the members of a group

depending on how each man is drawn indicates what letter of the alphabet he represents

shall look forward to seeing it with the correct pedal set mounted 😉


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jimbo53

I live for the CABE
What a beautiful, rare bike, esp on this side of the pond! A Humber Sports with duplex fork and dyno hub lighting is one of my holy grail bikes to find. The condition is fabulous-a real time capsule! I'm narrowing my Brit bike collection down to non-Raleighs (well, mostly) and am keeping and eye out for an affordable Sunbeam, Royal Enfield, Norman and of course a Humber. Thasnks for sharing your find-mighty chuffed you must be!
 

juvela

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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forgot to ask earlier -

what make are the lamps?

appears fitted with a steel propstand

wonder if a nice Shuresta or Trygg wouldst be in order...


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PJ311foo

Finally riding a big boys bike
Yes, I was ecstatic to find it! I had to drive a bit to get it but it was definitely worth it. If I find another one I will let you know!
I do have a Trygg dual prop kickstand I might put on it today as well. I think it will look great on it. The lights are Sturmey Archer. The rear is missing it’s lens so I’ll have to try to find a replacement for it

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Mercian

I live for the CABE
Hi, @PJ311foo

A nice bike. The name always reminds me of driving to work up the Humber Road in Coventry each day for several years.

The 'By Appointment to the Late King George VI' is great, and brackets this bicycle into the 1951 to 1959 timeslot nicely.

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It seems that around 1959 the new warrants for Queen Elizabeth II were being issued, as in this example for Mitchells and Butlers' brewery.


Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Allrounderco

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Wonderful bike! I have a '56 myself. I appreciate the numerous detailed photos, as mine came without the original grips or rear reflector.

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Yes, those are film shots (taken last April). Leica M1 with adapted Summar 50 lens, Kentmere Pan 400 film, home developed in Cinestill df96 and scanned with Nikon Coolscan IV.
 

SirMike1983

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
That was a deluxe standard frame bike - electrical system, midlands add-on rack, alloy hub, matte-center westrick rims. The midlands rack was an alternative to the Raleigh-made (identified by its round bars and usually paint-matching) and the subsequent Prestube Minor (identified by its one-sided stamped metal construction and inscription). The midlands is a good, sturdy rack and a nice add-on. The duplex fork was ultimately a victim of 1960s cost-cutting, when a more conventional fork replaced it to reduce production variety and costs.
 
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