Odds and Sods
I regularly check out the archives of the Classic
Rendezvous email lists and realise that collectors of British
lightweights from around the
world are often asking for information which we take for
granted here in the UK. With this in mind I am creating a
page entitled Odds
& Sods with
the idea of showing some of the unusual add-ons to be found on 'mainly
sometimes comes a stage in collecting bikes when one realises
there no point in buying more machines just for the sake of it. (Oh yes
there does!). This is often the time when we try to add small juicy
pieces to make the bike stand out. I once took a really
immaculate, all-correct Hetchins Magnum Bonum to a ride and found it
surrounded by a
crowd intent on studying the Chater Lea double chainset - none of them
had seen one 'in the flesh' before. Without the chainset the machine
would have been of passing interest to most at the gathering. This
set-up needs two chainrings, the alloy spacer ring plus longer bolts
with the enigmatic
lowly lamp bracket can lift a machine up a class - look at the people
envying the Constrictor alloy lamp bracket (left) with its
retaining 'set screw' at the top. Some of these items are so subtle
they can go un-noticed until you give someone a hint as to what is
there, say the 'Heron' pedals on a RRA.
Slightly off-topic here but there was a long discussion on the list
relating to the old
currency used in many adverts. There followed submissions of
coinage such as Bobs, Tanners, Half-crowns, Quids, Ponies, Fivers,
Guineas, et al, as
well as what the figures with £ s. d. denoted.
Having started the list, I expect to get further submissions to add to
it so keep on checking this page.
||In the era of classic bikes photographers would have used cameras which
often needed a long exposure time to capture the image. The dread of
this action is 'camera shake' resulting in a fuzzy image. To counter
this certain component companies manufactured mounting brackets for
cameras, secured to the bike to act as a tripod substitute. Here are
two examples from Nigel Scott.
"Cyclo Photo" camera bracket
that clamps around the handlebars. You unscrew the domed sleeve with
the name on it and that allows the stem to be rotated. The thread is
still the same one as screws into the Nikon digital I took this image
The clamp normally pivots at right-angles on the bolt.
|Identical band and bracket with this circular plate attached. You can
pull down the knurled knob against a spring under the round plate,
though what this achieves and how its used, I have no idea. But the
clamp etc is clearly same manufacture so assume it's for a different
spring pump clips are
clipped onto any tube of the frame and the opposite side of the clip
allows a pump to be pushed in against the spring and is then securely
held into place. Easily adjusted for any pump length. If you have a
'gappy' frame with a lot of clearance between the rear wheel and seat
tube, the pump can help to camouflage the gap.
Can also be used to attach a Pennine CO2 pump to the frame, or clipped
to the stem, with a torch where the pump would normally be, to provide
a front light;
Bernard - ex-Blackpool RC
|Cyclo brake cable clips, usually
used in threes to secure the rear brake cable along the top tube. Try
covering the inside of the clip with a contact glue (allowed to harden
overnight). This will avoid the clips digging into the paintwork. It is
easy to drop and lose one of the small nuts as they are fiddly to fit
onto the bolt
saddlebag clips clamp
onto the rail of the saddle to allow you to fix a saddlebag to a saddle
with no inbuilt loops. Another fiddly job with a good chance of
dropping the nut!
| Bates mudguard stay
round head. Most Bates, apart from track frames, have bosses on front
forks and seat stays which take these special bolts for the mudguard
stays. Check them from time to time as they can work loose. They are
still available from email@example.com
|The Odds and Sods quiz item - what is this?
Answer at bottom of page
|Hobbs Litaloy pedal We
are into components here and bonus points are awarded if you manage to
source accessories marketed by the builder of your frame.
the Litaloy pedals with H B plates from Hobbs of Barbican
||T A cable guide alloy plate which is secured by the stem bolt (on top of stem). The cables are held neatly by the two grummets
Cyclo Rosa pieces are bolted into the rear ends to act as wheel locater to ensure
the wheel returns to the same position after removal for maintenance or
a puncture. In effect doing the same job as the screw-adjusters
in Campagnolo rear ends.
Especially for the
collector of track bikes is the saddle
support shown below.
The larger clamp is fixed arount the top tube just behind the nose of
The smaller ring goes over the saddle adjuster.
The 'bottlescrew' in the centre adjusts the height.
alloy wingnuts, like the Hobbs pedals on a Hobbs machine.
These very rare wingnuts
look great with a set of Harden hubs
mounted level on the handlebars
and it registers the gradient you
are climbing (or descending of course). It covers 1 in 20 up to 1 in 4
||This is a customised component. A
genuine 50's 'dinger'
which has been drilled for lightness. The pattern of the drilling is
very accurate which must have been hard to achieve on such a shape.
do just what they say. The hole in the clip fastens onto the brake bolt
and by bending the frame you can adjust the curved 'catcher' until it
rides barely in contact with the tubular (or normal tyre as long as
there are no cross tread cuts). The idea is to remove flints,
thorns, etc on the first rotation so as to stop them embedding into the
rubber next time around. This saver is Allez.
||This item looks like metal but is plated plastic.
Clips onto the seatstay in upright mode to act as a chain support when
Haven't quite puzzled this out as it is tapered and when the clip taper is lined up with stay taper the clip is upside down.
|Simplex Demultiplicator advertised in 1964.
Code No. 53; Ref.2343
"This is a Demultiplicator Relais. One side is connected with the
Right Hand control lever. The other side to the Rear Derailleur. The
purpose is to 'spread' the movement of the lever making gear changing a
positive 'no fumbling' operation especially on close ratio freewheels."
||Another lamp bracket for use on a machine with no
brazed-on boss on forks. Like the Constrictor it has a bolt to stop the
Ever Ready front light jumping off on rough roads. Racing types
tended to use a conventional bracket held on by the offside front track
Answer to Odds and Sods Quiz: