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Oscar Egg 'Super Route Special' - 1939

Owned by: Eric Sayliss

Oscar Egg 1


Frame Built with Reynolds 531.  Extra fine cut-away lugs. Seat tube 21½" centre to top. Top tube 21½" Centre to centre.  Nivex rear drop-outs to release the rear wheel without touching the chain. Brazed on fittings for Osgear.
Wheels Rear Nivex hub built to go with the rear drop-out, front matching Nivex on Dunlop alloy 27" HP rims
Chainset Three-arm 'Simplex' with double Simplex rings 48/45. Hollow bottom-bracket axle
Pedals Allez alloy
Gears 4-Speed 'Super Champion Tour de France Professional'   for 3/32" chain with patent automatic 'Sauvard' detensioning device. Super Campion front changer believed to have been added later.
Brakes LAM Super Dural
Stem/Bars S Maes 'Tour de France' bars with Titan stem 7cm.
Saddle
Extra details Simplex 'wire' double bottle cage. Purchased in 1939 form Hicking of Hates, Kent, England. The importers of Oscar Egg Cycles

Oscar Egg 2
Drive of the Oscar Egg showing Nivex rear end with special wingnut.  This allows the rear wheel to be removed with sprockets but leaving chain in situ - especially useful with the Osgear. Rear striker of gear is mounted on  braze-on boss. Detensioner wire can be seen going over BB to tensioner arm which is also mounted on braze-on boss which places it lower and further back which increases the efficiency.

Oscar Egg 4
Oscar Egg 3
Above: Detail of Oscar Egg lugs as used in 1939, also double front Osgear lever with detensioner
Left: Seat tube transfer says 'Champion of Switzland 1914' 'Recordman of World 1921'. 'Designed and constructed by Oscar Egg'. Band above transfer is Swiss national colours - band below French