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wschellen

On Training Wheels
Feb 25, 2020
4
56
SanDiego
This beautiful bike just fell into my hands last weekend and I am trying to find out more about it. The previous owner said it was from the 20s. I can not find much out about this Marque, but I can tell it is a quality bike by the light weight and beautiful workmanship. It also has many alloy components. It has a small decal on the seat tube which indicated maybe it was restored some time in the distant past. Let me know any guesses or info you might have. Thanks

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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,086
53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
The stem looks like the Reynolds stem on my Higgins http://fattiretrading.com/higgins-ultralite.html maybe on the short reach stems, they did not have room for the logo.
You are right re. the 'Reynolds' girder stem, I think you're correct re. the lack of logo.
I'm also guessing late '40s, possibly early '50s.

There were so many small scale London framebuilders from this era.

@wschellen, I'll do a little more digging for you.

Fortunately, Mr Griffith (as mentioned in @sam's excellent link above) is a regular rider with me on V-CC runs over here, and he loves an obscure London marque.

I'll email him and see if he can help in anyway

Gorgeous bicycle!
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,154
Chicago area west
Canadian? 40's? Definitely not 20's. Possibly a higher end cycle. Nice fall in lap!
 
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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,086
53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
Opinion is it is post '45.
Nothing much known of the Kirby shop, although they also made their own branded frames.
Their is also a link to 'Saxon' cycles being part founded by ex 'C. Bertrand' staff.
This is a lovely classic lightweight, ride it and enjoy!
 
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,387
Playa del Rey, United States
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Side note on the Reynolds stem -

another manufacturer who produced alloy stems with the distinctive double binder arrangement was Centrix of France. Schwinn experts will know they came on the first year Continental ten speed of 1960. they went out of business in 1962.


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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,387
Playa del Rey, United States
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The more I look at this Reynolds stem the more it appears a dead ringer for one of the CENTRIX models.

Wonder if a case of licensing or somesuch...

One simple check which could be made would be to measure the thread of the two binder bolts and that of the expander bolt. Also the size of the hex heads.

Somewhat suspect you will find them to be metric.

Have some CENTRIX images and adverts saved on the HD o' me home machine.

Will glue them in to the thread when I get back there next week.

Thanks to everyone for the fine detective work thus far! ;)


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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,387
Playa del Rey, United States
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Two images of Centrix stems which resemble the Reynolds:

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Centrix advert from the interwar years:

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Centrix advert of 1952:

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Daniel Rebour rendering of 1951:

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Has anyone learned any more regarding the bicycle?

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dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 1, 2016
2,086
53
Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK
Information regarding the bicycle is proving elusive.
 
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