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Bruce Robbins
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Hobbs update
Hobbs Superbe as I found it. I had an email from someone the other day asking what's happened to the Hobbs I wrote about last year. Well, I'm afraid that restoration has stalled for want of a pair of wheels. I've cleaned the frame up to the best of my abili...

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Restoration on the Cheap
The festive period isn't the best to find time for doing up a bike so progress has been rather slow of late. I was hoping that it might have been possible to salvage the rims on the Parkes' wheels but they're just too far gone. There's very little chrome th...

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After a lay-off of a couple of months I'm starting to get the urge again to get out there are do some photography.

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F. C. Parkes? A bit of a head scratcher...
The Parkes' serial number: LL1650 This F. C. Parkes is proving a hard one to pin down. First I thought it was a 1939/early '40s bike, then a 1947 machine based on the date code on the Sturmey AW rear and now the front FB drum hub says it was made in June, 1...

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Doherty Brake?
A good dousing with WD40, a rub with a paint brush and a Doherty brake is revealed. I wasn't expecting that. I've seen the odd alloy Doherty caliper looking like a GB but this is a steel one with quick release chrome. Actually, that's unfair as the chrome m...

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I started this group because there didn't appear to be one catering for enthusiasts, users and collectors of lightweight British racing bikes up to 1970. That's the cut-off point so please don't post about bikes built since then or, for that matter, foreign bicycles of any era.

I have a wee collection of "projects" that I write about on my blog. Here's the latest entry: http://brucesbikes.blogspot.co.uk 

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Sturmey Archer doesn't lie...
Well, would you believe it. After pinning my reputation (What reputation? -Ed) on a guesstimate of 1939/40 for the F. C. Parkes in the previous post, it transpires I was out by eight years. The bike is post-war rather than pre-war. It seemed like a good ide...

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When fate plays a hand
A tourer from the middle of last century - what a find. Today, I'm celebrating another "dump" find, one of my best yet. It's an 1939/early '40s F. C. Parkes, a hand-built lightweight from the company that made Sun bicycles and motor bikes. This, I'm convinc...
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