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Ever just randomly buy things off ebay?

mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
edited July 2011 in Commuting chat
Just bought a 1960's Royal Enfield off Ebay, its got a sterny archer dyno hub on the front an 5 speed svelto gears?!

i think i will leave it retro cool, i was looking for a bike to go on my trainer....i think i need to buy another one now

anyone know anythign about "Enfield's"?
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    .303 calibre aren't they?
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    When I talk to my Dad (now 82) about cycling he always refers to his Royal Enfield bike he had in his late teens with Sturmey Archer gears and an oil bath for the chain. Best bike he ever owned, got him from London to Southend and back many a time, and apparently he cycled down there once with my Mum (his girlfriend then) who was too tired to cycle back so he towed her back with a bungy cord!

    Doesn't help you at all, but it made me think about my Mum (who passed away 14 years ago), so thank you!
  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    I thought a Royal Enfield was where the Queen kept her chickens?
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  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    My father in law, who coincidently lives in Enfield but doesn't keep chickens for the Queen*, used to have a Royal Enfield too. I believe they were decent bikes back in the day, although more famous for motor bikes though weren't they?

    *Just for clarity, he doesn't keep any chickens at all, the Queens or otherwise.
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  • I thought Royal Enfield made motorbikes. Then again, I think BSA and Triumph also made bikes, so perhaps there was that crossover. Anyway, the motorbikes were really very cool back in the day.

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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    Non merci.
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
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  • SimonAHSimonAH Posts: 3,730
    To the lithe open air girl of today fitness is everything, and rightly so.

    I love it! Plus ca change!
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  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    Dammit, lugless...


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  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    Manufacturers of Cycles, Motor Cycles and Motor Lawn Mowers

    Now a vintage motor lawn mower - that would be a good random buy.
    Then again, I think BSA and Triumph also made bikes, so perhaps there was that crossover
    see also Puch, although more moped than the proper beasts that BSA and Triumph produced.

    BSA also did guns didn't they as did Royal Enfield?
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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 6,015
    t4tomo wrote:
    Manufacturers of Cycles, Motor Cycles and Motor Lawn Mowers

    Now a vintage motor lawn mower - that would be a good random buy.
    Then again, I think BSA and Triumph also made bikes, so perhaps there was that crossover
    see also Puch, although more moped than the proper beasts that BSA and Triumph produced.

    BSA also did guns didn't they as did Royal Enfield?

    BSA = Birmingham Small Arms Company... so yeah, they made a gun or two... :)
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  • tgotbtgotb Posts: 4,714
    Then again, I think BSA and Triumph also made bikes, so perhaps there was that crossover.
    Don't Triumph also make ladies' underwear?
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  • essex-commuteressex-commuter Posts: 2,188
    TGOTB wrote:
    Don't Triumph also make ladies' underwear?

    I think you're right. I seem to remember doing some research on them in my Mums Kays catalogue when I was 13!
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    well hopefully pickign the wee beasty up on wednesday night so i will take pics an upload them

    now, leave it standard or fixie time?
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
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    Their showroom was on Holborn Viaduct, that's just down the road fro9m where I'm sitting now...
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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,594 Lives Here
    Leave it standard. Does it have rod brakes?
    I want to get a Triumph bicycle. I have owned several of their motorbikes, still got 2, and had a few of their cars in the past.
    Not had one of the brassieres either come to think of it.
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    i don't think its early enough to have "rods"

    from the tiny picture on Ebay it looks like its a bit rough, i might leave it with the "rat look"
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    Royal Enfield made rifles. As KB said, the .303 bolt action (think Micheal Caine not shooting "until you can see the whites of their eyes") and they also jointly designed and manufactured the Bren and Sten guns with the Czechs in WWII.
    The 'en' in Bren and Sten stands for Enfield (The 'br' stand for Brno.

    The former factories are now largley social housing (with a really bad reputation, the buses don't go into the estate) and what was the local nightclub (called Rifles) is now closed and derelict.
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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    mudcow007 wrote:
    now, leave it standard or fixie time?

    Bleagh! Why not fit a front suspension fork as well!

    Now no messing it up!
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  • EKE_38BPMEKE_38BPM Posts: 5,821
    Rolf F wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    now, leave it standard or fixie time?

    Bleagh! Why not fit a front suspension fork as well!

    Now no messing it up!

    I'm with Rolf. I vote 'no' to a fixie conversion.
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  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    You make something fixed to simplify the drive train maintenance and increease robustness over a deraileur. To convert a hub gear to fixed doesn't give you that advantage as it pretty much maintenance free already, it just gives you less gears.

    leave the poor thing alone.

    Hopefully my sturmey archer gear cable will have arrivd in the post tonight and I can get Mrs Tomo's new / old Puch back up to 3 gears.
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    t4tomo wrote:
    You make something fixed to simplify the drive train maintenance and increease robustness over a deraileur.
    leave the poor thing alone.

    its got a derailleur, a svelto i think!

    the description says the paint is rough in places do you all think i should get it resprayed similar colours or should i bask in its vintage goodness?
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  • GussioGussio Posts: 2,452
    mudcow007

    How much did you pay for it?
  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    mudcow007 wrote:
    t4tomo wrote:
    You make something fixed to simplify the drive train maintenance and increease robustness over a deraileur.
    leave the poor thing alone.

    its got a derailleur, a svelto i think!

    the description says the paint is rough in places do you all think i should get it resprayed similar colours or should i bask in its vintage goodness?

    I think you need to wait and see. Duff advert pictures plus 'rough in places' - it probably looks like a Grimsby trawler :lol:
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  • t4tomot4tomo Posts: 2,643
    mudcow007 wrote:
    t4tomo wrote:
    You make something fixed to simplify the drive train maintenance and increease robustness over a deraileur.
    leave the poor thing alone.

    its got a derailleur, a svelto i think!

    the description says the paint is rough in places do you all think i should get it resprayed similar colours or should i bask in its vintage goodness?

    Ok was assuming it was Sturmey archer 3 speed. wait and see if deraileur works first then, as that could force a change of plan if you can't get hold of a replacement
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,777
    I have an old wheel with a period (1967) 3 speed sturmey hub...

    As for being 2 new for rod brakes - you can still buy brand new bikes with rods so not sure how that works!

    My first bike was a Puch, green it was and I remember it had a funny twin top tube arrangement - got it new in about 1973-74.

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  • Blue MeanieBlue Meanie Posts: 495
    Hmm...nice 8)

    26x13/4 wheels?
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    fantastico!

    cheers guys i feel like a big kid, im all excited

    it was only £25 i couldn't refuse it for that

    if the paintwork is shocking with rust etc we have a shot blaster in my work an i could get it sprayed too...people will do anything for chocolate digestives in my work

    its 27 x 1 3/4s
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  • rolf_frolf_f Posts: 16,015
    mudcow007 wrote:
    if the paintwork is shocking with rust etc we have a shot blaster in my work an i could get it sprayed too...people will do anything for chocolate digestives in my work

    Quote "People will do anything for chocolate digestives in my work" - and you are using that kind of an opportunity to get a frame shot blasted? :lol:
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    Rolf F wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    if the paintwork is shocking with rust etc we have a shot blaster in my work an i could get it sprayed too...people will do anything for chocolate digestives in my work

    Quote "People will do anything for chocolate digestives in my work" - and you are using that kind of an opportunity to get a frame shot blasted? :lol:

    good god yeah, it would be rude not too, i reckon it will cost me 2 packs

    its like a prison in here except instead of cigarettes its chocolate biscuits
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