Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

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Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby mdh » 11 Jan 2018, 6:51pm

I'm planning on riding a number of Roughstuff routes from old RSF Journals and would like to do them on an older machine in period garb.
Ideally something 30's/pre war. 24"/25" frame with a longish top tube. 26" wheels, mudguards etc. Something interested. I don't mind taking on a bit of a project. So if there is anything languishing in someone's shed please send me a PM with details.


Thanks.

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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby reohn2 » 11 Jan 2018, 8:03pm

Most of the bikes used for roughstuff in thatera were roadsters and a 3sp S.A. hub would've been a luxury,seach for a period Raleigh/Sunbeam/BSA roadster or similar and you wont be far off the mark.
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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby mdh » 11 Jan 2018, 8:06pm

Thanks for your reply.
It’s a lightweight I’m after though.

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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby deliquium » 12 Jan 2018, 9:07am

There's a 24" 1960 Percy Thornley Stallard 'Malvern Hills' on eBay - an unusually good and informative description/advert too

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Too modern perhaps?

It's not a lot different from my 1948 'Montlhéry', which I love and rode more than any other bike last year :D
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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby mdh » 12 Jan 2018, 9:59am

Thanks, but yes, too late for what I want.
Hopefully the new owner gives that chain a drop of oil.

The little Longstaff is still loved and going strong by the way.

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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby reohn2 » 12 Jan 2018, 11:03am

We're lightweights used for roughstuff in the 30's? :?
I'd imagine they'd be like hens teeth in those days anyway and the chances of their survival in large sizes next to nothing
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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby mdh » 12 Jan 2018, 12:13pm

As now, all sorts of bicycles were used.

But for the purposes of my ad, regardless of intended use, I seek a machine as described above.

Thanks.

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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby deliquium » 12 Jan 2018, 12:19pm

mdh wrote:The little Longstaff is still loved and going strong by the way.


That makes me very happy :D
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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby reohn2 » 12 Jan 2018, 12:42pm

mdh wrote:As now, all sorts of bicycles were used.

But for the purposes of my ad, regardless of intended use, I seek a machine as described above.

Thanks.

All I'm saying is that you'll struggle to find one for the era you're looking for and perhaps a compromise may be more successful.
Anyway,good luck with your search and I wish you well with the adventure :)
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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby Ugly » 14 Jan 2018, 9:09pm

Pre-war lightweights were small, most builders listed 22'' or maybe 23'' as their largest, I have a picture of my uncle 6' 2'' riding a 22'' frame. Fashion is not new and small frames were the fashion. Gears were in the main fixed, maybe single free for roughstuff. Variable gears were seen to be unreliable and expensive, hub gears were used by a few. Getting off to walk up steep hills and rough tracks was the norm. I admire your ideas but perhaps a more practical scheme would be to create a 1950s rough stuff bike, still a challenge but more frames and equipment are avaliable. Perhaps the most important point is that the RSF was founded in 1955!

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Re: Large 24/25" Early Lightweight for Roughstuff

Postby mdh » 14 Jan 2018, 10:00pm

Thanks for your input. I’m aware of frame sizing pre war. But ideally I’d like a larger frame. I realise the chances are slim of finding such a frame, but I don’t think impossible.

The Fellowship was founded in 1955, but rough stuff was there long before then.