Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

Hobbs of Barbican – Blue Riband

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.

Courtesy of Classic Rendezvous (http://www.classicrendezvous.com)

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.

High on Bikes (www.highonbikes.com)

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.

#Sargentandco #vintagebikes hash tag_twy/12!!!

I am not even old, not compared to most people, I am younger than the average person in Britain, yet at my slightly less than tender age I am drowning in a sea of Social networking sites, I have got Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter all prodding me from all angles and that’s just the tip of the iceberg because for all the ones I do know about their are 10 that I don’t.


How does anyone get chance to do anything if they spend half their time notifying everyone? Do you do half as many things? And if you are not on them are you going to be left behind? Will people think you are an eccentric-refusing to be pulled into the 21 s Century?

Here at Sargent and Co both Rob and I have at least one foot stuck in the last century, if not the one before- Rob eats tinned sardines most days, and I am doing a jigsaw at the minute, it’s tragic-  as for the business well, the website is never ever up to date, the blog is updated a maximum of once a week, we don’t really advertise, we don’t have a slogan, a logo, any form of marketing material, we’ve not even got a proper sign above the door.

No one has ever complained to us about these things (least not to our face), but people do say they wish they could have an update to date view of the bikes that we have in the shop and we agree it would be good, so we joined Twitter #sargentandco, today we photographed some of the bikes around the shop. You need never be out of the loop again, and if you aren’t on Twitter you can click on the links to the top right of the blog- these will show you anything that has been put on Twitter…… oooh la la, ain’t that clever?

Ps: It’s a good job I have 2 feet, that way I can have 1 here and 1 back then