[CR]Hobbs on Ebay


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From: brucerobbins@supanet.com
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 14:53:23 +0000
Subject: [CR]Hobbs on Ebay

Peter Naiman wrote re "Hobbs" on Ebay warning

Paul: I'll got a late 1940 Hobbs of Barbican and possibly pictures of Hobbs of the period from ad copy. If I can find the ad copy I'll look to see similarities in lug work, and also compare to mine, but I'm not sure if the lug design changed from late 40 to mid 50s.
> Peter Naiman
> Boston, Mass

I'd earlier written:
> > There's a guy called Paul Cameron offering what he claims to be a Hobbs of
> > Barbican bike on Ebay (number 2161914287). The frame number he has listed
> > doesn't fit in with any of the configurations known to VCC marque enthusiast
> > Mervyn Cook. It is therefore extremely unlikely that this bike is a Hobbs.
> > I've emailed Paul to let him know. It will be interesting to hear his
> > response.

Pete,

The lugs are Nervex Pro which Hobbs did use in the 1950s. The problem is so did everyone else so it's hard to get any clues from the lugwork. Hobbs stopped building their own frames in the mid-1950s although they stuck their transfers on some third party frames for a wee while after that. It's possible that the Ebay frame is one of those but I don't know of any way to tell. I've got a bit of background information about the seller which I can pass on off-list to anyone who is interested.

Bruce
Dundee
Scotland