Did somebody say Speedwell. This is my late 40's (48-49) Popular deluxe I still ride most days.
A few modifications have been done, including using 27 1/4 " alloy wheels and Michelin tyres, clipless pedals, computer and a Cannondale seat.
The original 28' steel wheels and Aussie Dunlop tyres,, pedals and mudguards are in storage.
In order that the labour of centuries past may not be in vain during the centuries to come... D. Did
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I am sure Speedwell, Hartley etc also supplied bikes to the military during WW2 - I just haven't found any identified. Of course impossible to tell from general photos from WW2 exactly what brand they are riding.
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Reminds me of when I was in Grade 6 Miss Hodgkin owned the bike shop opposite the school. I coveted a dynamo/light set for my bike so I put one on lay-buy and used my once-a week lunch money to pay 2 shillings off the light. I think it took 4 Fridays without lunch to complete the purchase.
Sign of the times. When I brought the unit home my parents were mortified. Instead of congratulating me on my monetary discipline, in no uncertain terms they told me you never buy anything you can not pay for. If you want something you save up until you can afford to pay for it. Apart from buying a house only losers go into debt to satisfy an indulgence.
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