Re: [CR] help with a Hobbs

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Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 20:54:00 +0000

Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 16:31:48 +0000 From: To: Subject: [CR]help with a Hobbs (Duncan Granger)


A history question: Hobbs used two types of tubing: Reynolds 531 and Accles and Pollock Kromo. Accles and Pollock was apparently a TI company. I guess they started as competitors? When did Raleigh buy TI? I've never heard of Accles and Pollock Kromo tubing before, but apparently it was thought to be as nice as 531... Wonder what ever became of it?

So how about it? Any Hobbs experts out there willing to share their wisdom regarding my new (old) frame?

Thanks in advance,

Duncan Granger Lancaster, PA

Hi Duncan:

T.I. (Tube Investments) bought Raleigh, not the other way 'round. That's why it was called T.I. Raleigh.... There was money in them thar' tubes! (Making bikes is a tougher way to make a profit!).

I'm not sure exactly when this happened. 1970-ish maybe? Anyone have an accurate date? I was at Raleigh in 1979-1980, and it had been T.I. for some time by then, I think.

Greg Parker
Dexter, Michigan