My name is John and I am new to Classic-rendezous. I live in the UK and a keen cyclist. I am a qualified mechanic and bike/cycle instructor and run a project to get kids back on bike. I ride a 2005 Scott Genius off/on road and Carrera on road. I am also keen to restore vintage and neglected bikes and have over 12 in my collection ready to get back on the road. Which include a Sun, The Service, Raleigh - Tempest - Hustler- Mercury, Elswick-Hooper - Thunder Flash and my two favourites are a lightweight s/s Merlin and a ultra lightweight Supra. The Merlin has a frame number on the nearside rear dropout 18453, but have not looked that much further. I have almost identified all the Supra components. The frame has a number on the nearside rear dropout, BBF 1223 and a number 18 seperate. Seat - Brooks Flyweight B17 Narrow. Seat Post & Stem - Titan. Headbadge - SUPRA Cycles (nicely and colourfully enamled). Bars - Maes. Front Brake - Resilion marked The Cantilever Brake. Rear Brake -Bowden Sport. Gear - Sturmey Archer Four Speed Close Ratio AF-9 introduced during 1938 and replaced by the FC in 1940s. Wheels - marked AVA INOXY with Dunlop lightweigths. Crankset - Fratelli Brivio (FB), markings are on the inside, but not sure if a Campagnolo yet. Bottom Bracket - Bayliss Wiley with WF Special Course stamped on the outer. Headset - Stronglight. Pedals - similar to a Chater Lea with the TANK instead of CL. Front Hub - British Hubs Airlite. I have been trying to indentify the maker for a couple of weeks now and without any success, apart from a couple of spoof post. I never thought a bike with so much effort put into selecting its components would be so hard to identify. Would really appreciate some help and advice with this project.
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