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what an amazing transformation. and you've done the garden. well done that man.
for sturmey archer & english 3 speeds....
OH BOY!! I sure wish I would have missed this thread now I have to build one of these sweet machines. I am in love with every single bike that was pictured. great work guys!!
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Hi! Thank you for your comments
The handlebar is from a old standard bike. I found it in my Fathers garage, and mounted it inverted.
The grips are NOS wood handles from the 50`s bought at a swapmeet. They were quite common on bikes here in Sweden.
Here are some more handles with this style on my other bikes.
Wood handle; older style of endcap
Wood handle covered with plastic
Wood handle covered with leather
Wood handle painted, which is he handle i used at this bike
I appreciated that you noticed the garden...
Beautiful bikes in this thread! I've been unknowingly looking for a Gov'nor style bike/frame for some time. Finding the Gov'nor then searchin for Gov'nor style bikes is what led me to this sight a while back. I'm hoping you all can help me find something without having to build up a vintage frame.
This is probably the closest to what I'm looking for. What I want is a lugged frame with 1" steerer, track-ends, room for at least 700x40 tires & maybe fenders. I want to run internal gears and front & rear brakes, either calipers or drum.
Outside of the Gov'nor, I only see this type of bike built with vintage frames, like in this thread. Is there anything on the current market that meets my needs? I'm in the U.S., so something that can be found here would be best.
You can use any frame you want its just a style. Most people use vintage frames because of preference, but u can use a lugged fixie frame if you wanted. Just hit up craigslist thats what I did and for accesories and other components try soma fabrications they have some cool stuff for this style of bike, best of luck!
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Take a look a http://www.retrospecbicycles.com for their Siddhartha model. You cant hardly build one up with those features for that price; a few mods and it'll look pretty Guv'norish.
So many bikes, so little time.......
Nah, the dimensions of the frame are off.
Room for wide tires is the issue with most track frames. I ride one now as a freewheel singlespeed & I can only squeeze 700x35c Schwalbe Kojaks on it that actually are only 32mm wide, at least on the wheels I have. A true 35mm might not fit. I want room for at least 40mm tires.
Well, the most characteristic aspect of the real Guv'nor is the 'relaxed' frame geometry. The only companies in the world besides Pashely, that still build frames with this Geometry, are either in India, or some less developed countries in the far east (The Chinese 'Pidgeon' comes to mind). But only the Pashley combines both - the old-fashioned geometry AND Reynolds 531 tubing.
Hence, realistically, you either have to buy a genuine Paheley, or start from something 'vintage'. I can't see a disadvantege in the latter anyway. The only alternative would be to obtain a bike from India or China, with rather unpredictable quality.
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And Gazelle. That's Dutch, normal bicycle steel, nothing special, good enough.
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