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.

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