Monday, February 22, 2010

Tyre cycle bell from Germany

Over the weekends, while visiting one of my old haunts for vintage bicycle parts, I happened to overheard a conversation between 2 gentlemen.
"It's been awhile since we last saw a bicycle having one of this mounted on it!"
'It' refers to the strange looking bell that's mounted onto the fork of an old Robin Hood. As I sit there listening to their conversation, my curiosity got the better of me. I just have to butt in and find out more. To my surprise, the boss told me that actually, he's the one who sold this bell to the guy. WTH! All this while, I've been pestering him for vintage bicycle parts/accessories and he didn't offer this bell to me! :P

As you can see, it's meant to be mounted on the front as the cable controlling it is simply too short to allow it rear mounted. To activate tje bell, all the rider have to do is squeeze the trigger mounted on the handlebar. When the trigger is squeezed, the entire bell construction will move towards the wheel, just like a dynamo. This in turn activates the bell and the sound produces is VERY EAR PIERCING! The fast your bicycle moves, the louder it gets. I like it! "P

The entire 'package'.
Now here it 'ROAR"!!

This is the NOS packaging. Just found that 'REICH' means something like "Great Germany" as in "Great Britain". Please correct me if I'm wrong.

This bell doesn't come cheap but it's worth every cents and dollars invested. Now I'm the proud owner of not 1 but 3 pieces! "P

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Latest find in the neighbourhood! A Phillips!

As usual, during my free time, I loved to scout around old estates whereby you might find one or two odd bicycle shops tucked in one obsecure corner. This is one particular shop that I always patronize and what luck I was in that day. A Phillips 26 inch, push rod brake roadster in excellent condition. My excellent means that all the decals and head badge have to be present. As for the chrome parts, as expected of it's age and depending on the previous owner TLC, I am able to make do with it.
Without any hesitation, paid up and told the owner to do a complete restoration for me. Stay tune for more W.I.P~ :P