Rambler, help needed please


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dnc1

I live for the CABE
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An acquaintance of mine has just acquired a 'Rambler' bicycle, a fairly unusual machine over here. Unfortunately pictures are not available as yet.
What I know of the bicycle is that the head badge says Rambler, Model 41 at the bottom and bears the date 1901 at the top.
It has what he describes as "very ornate" lug work on the fork crown, extending well down the blades. Similar lugwork extending along the downtube and also rearward of the bottom bracket along the chain stays.
Does anyone know for how long this model was in production for?
Also, I would love to see a photo of a similar model if anyone has one, or a catalogue image would be highly appreciated.
This is a bit of a new area for my friend, classic British lightweights are very much his forte and his collection of such machines is pretty cool.
This machine will get ridden, and then sometimes we may get 3 great American cycles out on our rides through South Oxfordshire!
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Cheers,
Darren.
 
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Rambler

Wore out three sets of tires already!
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Darren,
The "very ornate" lug work you refer to in your description is often referred to as "Rococo" lug work. 1901 would be an appropriate year for that style of lug work. I am not sure the first or last year that Rococo lug work was used, I'm sure though someone has that answer.
Check inside the bottom of the seat post tube for a cardboard tag often hidden under a cardboard plug which may reveal the exact date of manufacturer for that bicycle.
Tyson
 

dnc1

I live for the CABE
Apr 1, 2016
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Darren,
The "very ornate" lug work you refer to in your description is often referred to as "Rococo" lug work. 1901 would be an appropriate year for that style of lug work. I am not sure the first or last year that Rococo lug work was used, I'm sure though someone has that answer.
Check inside the bottom of the seat post tube for a cardboard tag often hidden under a cardboard plug which may reveal the exact date of manufacturer for that bicycle.
Tyson
Thanks Tyson!
 

dnc1

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ccmerz

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I bought the bike back in 2011. The photos are when I received it from California. It has been apart ever since. Yes, the hubs are ND, although, the rims are G&J, or maybe not, because tire fittings are a problem! Now that I think about it, an extra set of G&J wood rims were sent with the bike. Not much movement in the intervening years, cleaned up the front fork and had the fork crown cup machined to realign it with the head stock.... I blame it on "too many other projects" going on for the disruptions of this moving toward a finished bike. I'm sure, this happens a lot with many more in this hobby......

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GiovanniLiCalsi

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I bought the bike back in 2011. The photos are when I received it from California. It has been apart ever since. Yes, the hubs are ND, although, the rims are G&J, or maybe not, because tire fittings are a problem! Now that I think about it, an extra set of G&J wood rims were sent with the bike. Not much movement in the intervening years, cleaned up the front fork and had the fork crown cup machined to realign it with the head stock.... I blame it on "too many other projects" going on for the disruptions of this moving toward a finished bike. I'm sure, this happens a lot with many more in this hobby......

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Those lugs are gorgeous, when shiny!
I’m tempted to restore my Rambler, because the nickeled lugs are such a beautiful contrast...





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