Ron and his Hobbs

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.

 

 

 

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