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Higgins Ultralite swb tandem - 1946

Owned by: Jeremy and Fay Jones

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Frame
Higgins Ultralite bronze-welded double-diamond short-wheelbase frame no. 6562 (1946); Front seat tube 23½", rear 23";
Wheels
26 x 1¼" steel Dunlop rims on Airlite large-flange tandem rear with small-flange Solite tandem front
Chainset Inline chain drive with Williams single front to double at rear
Pedals Conloy Cobra
Gears Benelux 3-speed with top tube lever
Brakes Resilion cantilevers and levers front and rear
Stem/Bars GB Maes bars on steel 'lapped' stem front and combined seat/stem rear
Saddles Dunlop rubber
Extra details The tandem was offered to me through my modern cycling club, the thriving San Fairy Ann, having previously been in the hands of successive members of the club since it was bought by its first owner, a Ray Sellens. It is still in its original crackle finish and transfers. There has been some updating of components over the years - mainly the Benelux gear from the '50s - so I was delighted to be able simply to clean it up, replace some bearings etc and begin to use it without a transforming 'restoration'.

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Original single transfer positioned on top surface of down tube

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Detail shots of tandem showing original 'crackle' finish from 1946, also curved rear seat 'tube' fabricated into channel section which
acts as mudguard to seat stay. Drive-side chainstay is also plate at front to give clearance for double chainring for in-line
chain drive