Friday, September 21, 2018

The Millenium wheel truing jig

I had been looking for a decent wheel truing jig for a while when this one turned up in the autojumble area of the Dorset Steam Fair. You see a few for sale but they are heavy old things and no-one really wants to post them. I had to carry this one from one side of the rally field to another and that ten minute hike seemed quite gruelling..

I'm a sucker for vintage tools and workshop equipment, more so if they are in cast iron and the Millenium is a doozy. All the fittings are there and the patina is nice, better still is that it is actually a solid decent and useful tool. I've got a couple of wheels to build up and true and with any luck this Brown Brothers product will serve me well. The cherry on top is the cardboard tag with a little bit of the personal history of the jig noted in ink in fine handwriting and dating from 1958. At a best guess the jig dates from the twenties.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

BMW brochure 1964

The BMW motorcycle range brochure for 1964. Despite being 54 years old this brochure still looks fresh to modern eyes, the font used is clean and modern looking and the graphic style with simple colour panels helps too.

1964 BMW brochure front cover.

1964 BMW brochure page 1.

1964 BMW brochure page 2.

1964 BMW brochure page 3.

1964 BMW brochure page 4.

1964 BMW brochure rear cover.


Yes, it is a fairly rotten photo but it is of a chap riding a Sunbeam S7 across a muddy field...

Blurry Sunbeam S7 tackles a muddy field two up.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 pt3

The third serving of snaps from last month's Great Dorset Steam Fair....

1903 size 4 Dursley Pedersen.

Chicago Stamping Company lady front tandem from the late
1890s. Steering is from both sets of handlebars. There seems
to be something deeply sexist about this design...

c late 1900s Tom Tit childs cycle. Apart from the wonderful
name the frame design is a glorious thing being of twin small
gauge tubes throughout.

1938 J T Rogers 'Planet Puma' model track bike.

I was captivated by this road building display and really take
my hat off to folks who are prepared to undertake basically
five days of hard labour for the sakes of historical re-enactment
and public entertainment.

This portable engine powered the stone crusher.

And of course a steam roller compressed it all in to a road.

Great tripod and brasier!

c1953 Phoenix-JAP 250cc race bike. One of a series of race
bikes produced by TT rider Ernie Barrett. Ernie later found
slightly greater commercial success with his Villiers-engined
Phoenix scooters which he produced. The bike was started
up daily. It was really very loud.

Face cam Chater Lea is a machine you don't see

I liked this Series 1 Royal Enfield Interceptor
a lot. It has been restored with a number of
period modifications that keep the character
and history of the bike.

The Series 2 type oil cooler was apparently an
option. The Webco valve covers are a nice
touch. Apparently the bike was originally
exported to Canada.

One of the many multitude of fairground organs.

Steam plowing...

In all there were more than 500 steam
engines on show.

In the 'playground'.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1911 Raleigh Superbe X Frame

Some photos for posterity of a rather nice Raleigh x frame ladies machine that came my way recently. I bought it at auction in a moment of weakness before the dawning hit me that I really don't have the need for another Ladies bicycle, so it was passed on to a well known cycle dealer fairly quickly and has now no doubt been mildly renovated and probably is with a new keeper too...

All the same I thought I would put some pictures up as it is such a lovely original and un-molested thing. Ladies cross frame Raleighs are significantly rarer than the gents ones and this one doubly so as it is the 'Superbe' Model produced for a very short period. The Superbe model is identifiable by the Lea Francis type handlebars with concealed rollers.

1911 Raleigh x-frame Superbe in all her glory. At the time
the x-frame Superbe was the most expensive bicycle on the
UK market.

Lovely original transfer on the tin chaincase.

Slightly eccentric but likely original positioning of the Sturmey
gear cable rollers. Note also the original coated cable.

Close up on the Lea Francis type handlebars.

Another side on view.

Beautifully tooled leather ladies saddle.

Original down tube transfer and steering lock.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Motorcycle Cannonball 2018

Pictures from the start of the Motorcycle Cannonball at Portland, Maine yesterday courtesy of my good buddy James aka Moto Patois over in Boston, Mass. Many thanks James, wish I could have been there, perhaps the next one....