1934 Royal Sunbeam All-Black Model P Gent’s Bicycle

1934 Royal Sunbeam All-Black Model P Gent’s Bicycle

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This was my main road bike in summer 2009.

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It’s fitted with North Road handlebars and a 1954 Sturmey Archer 3-Speed hub.

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This Sunbeam would obviously have originally had Sunbeam’s own gears. But the SA gears work fine so I left them. It’s not a show bike, it’s my hack.

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It arrived as the result of an exchange with my good friend Tony, who fancied my Holdsworth trike. Tony had bought it many years ago from its original owner.

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As you can see, above, it needed quite a bit of work. I removed the celluloid mudguards (I don’t like them), found a decent saddle and used parts from two donor bikes to complete its restoration.

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It rides extremely well, and fits my leg length perfectly.

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The Sunbeam is now set up for our regular cycling activity, riding around Brighton as a family, with Delphy in the bike seat. Soraya’s BSA is in the background.

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The child’s seat is a top-of-the-range Weeride, which is attached to its own crossbar that fixes to the seat tube and below the handlebars.

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Delphy is very comfortable in the seat and, as she’s in front of me, I can protect her more easily.

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Here’s an ‘earlier version’ of the Weeride from 1956…

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ARDINGLY VINTAGE SHOW

July, 2010

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