I mentioned a few weeks back that Rob has embarked on a mission to help Ron realise his dream of recreating a Hobbs Blue Riband just like the one he rode when he was a lad.
Imagine our surprise when Ron not only concisely recollected the specification of each and every part of the bike. but also conjured up the original receipt.
Bona fide these are
Ron paid £17/9/6 and for the bike, with a £2 deposit up front. He also splashed out on a posh set of wheels from Ducketts of Seven Kings for £10/0/09.
these are the kind of coins he paid with
Rons’ posh wheels where built using:
1 Pair Constructor Bosley Rims
1 Pair Powell Hubs, double sided for ?
Building D Butted spokes
1 Set of Dunlop HP tyres, tubes and tapes
1 Simplex 3 speed gear 16-18-20.
So there you have it, Ron has a memory as a sharp as a lemon and has managed to treasure his receipts for over half a century. That goes to show us young’uns have memories like sieves and we don’t even make receipts like they used to.
Let’s just hope Ron has a clear grasp of decimilisation and inflation, he won’t even get a pair of inner tubes today for what he spent on that wheel set.
*if anyone has any of the parts listed above for sale, please get in touch.
Classic bike restorers Sargent and Co have taken on more space which will see them double their showroom size. The shop will have been open for 4 years this coming May and after building a solid customer base and a name synonymous with classic road bikes proprietor Rob Sargent told us ‘the time just feels right, I know their is recession, but I don’t care, the world will be mine’.
The shop today
The new store layout will see a wooden staircase leading up to a showroom space flooded with natural light, complete with a chair and bicycle related books for customers to browse whilst they await their repairs, ‘ I just can’t wait, it’s so exciting, we are really wanting to provide customers with a true multi channel retail experience, the retail suite will help us communicate our brand ethos and allow the consumer to immerse themselves in all things bike’, says Brand and European Retail Space Development Manager, Georgie Wood.
Paint sits waiting to be applied
Both the refurbishment of the existing space and development of the retail suite are well underway, and Sargent and Co are confident they will achieve their target opening day of March 16th on time and in budget . The expansion has been partially funded by The Bank of Rascizukistan and the CEO will be making a guest appearance at the opening night.
Last decade we had supersaver Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert telling us to vote with our feet, encouraging us to up sticks and leave our banks, become ‘credit card tarts’ he urged us and this decade will see us voting with our bikes.
Londoners on Bikes, a voluntary cycling campaign group have launched a campaign urging Londoners to vote in the mayoral elections according to whom will pledge and commit to making London a more cycle friendly city.
The question is, how many people prioritise this issue over all others?
Although an incredibly important issue, will it realistically rank above issues surrounding education and health? I suspect not, but I am confident most cyclists in this city who vote will have a recent ‘near miss’ lingering in the back of their minds which might just swing where they put their cross.
You can learn more about the campaign here.
A young gent called Fred asked Rob if he would fancy having his portrait taken for a series he is creating, Rob obliged even though he doesn’t like having his picture taken (or so he protests).
Rob stuck to the model mantra 'don't smile'
If you would like to see more of these images or would be interested in seeing the inside of the Brompton factory (I was) then click here.
Rob is about to embark on a new mission, operation Blue Riband; and no we haven’t ventured into the world of chcoclate bars, that would be daft, we are talking a different type of Blue Riband here, we are talking the creme de la creme of cycles, we are talking about one of the best machines that Hobbs of Barbican produced.
We have a customer, Ron, who back in the 1950’s aged 17 was lucky enough to own one of these fantastic machines- he had one identical to the one pictured.
Ron happened to chance upon this picture whilst happily surfing the internet and it set the the cogs in his mind spinning and a turning- could he own a bike like this again?
Ron decided yes, yes he could, he penned a charming email to Rob and Rob hopped on board- between them they will either find this bike or do their damn hardest to make a near as possible replicate.
This is not going to be an easy task, scouring jumbles and websites and trawling eBay to find the ‘perfect’ parts, this mission will require absolute dedication and focus, but the outcome, oh the outcome that is the best part, knowing that Ron will be the happiest rider on earth….even if he doesn’t put the miles in he used to : )
‘At 78 years of age it would not be used in “earnest”, but for my daily cycle
ride about the countryside of Herefordshire..in the hope that I can keep fit until the Good Lord thinks otherwise’.
Thanks for your custom Ron, it’s an honour.
I have to give these guys a shout out because we ordered a bottom bracket yesterday, late afternoon might I add and we received it this morning and we didn’t pay for shipping. I think that’s brilliant, I really do.