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Offline nicobiko

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Can you identify this bike?
« on: January 03, 2020, 12:33:48 PM »
Hello all,

I've been riding Japanese bikes since I was a teenager and I've discovered more recently that my grandfather used to own what I presume is a British bike.

I would be chuffed if someone could tell me what brand and model the bike in this photo might be. It's from around the late 1930's.

Thanks, Nicholas.


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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2020, 01:26:28 PM »
Looks like a Villiers engine, but why are the people wearing black boxes on their heads?

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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2020, 01:32:17 PM »

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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2020, 05:20:46 PM »
It could be any one of the FB models of 1928 to '32. Referred to as "built like a bridge" frame. They had 150 or 200cc Villiers engines and some had autolube. Mine is a Black Hawk but there was also a Lapwing and possibly others. Normally named after birds (feathered types).

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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2020, 09:36:12 PM »
It could be any one of the FB models of 1928 to '32.Referred to as "built like a bridge" frame.

Indeed - if you look closely, you can see where each of the frame tubes is bolted together.
Dismantled, it is all 'just' a bundle of tubes.

Distantly related to this concept, possibly......


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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2020, 03:06:57 AM »
Yes, definitely Fanny Bee and powered by a 196cc 2E Villiers engine. Villiers made the 2E from 1930-1940 inclusive. It was a well favoured utility engine of itís day. A good value, solid and economical working mans bike.
Iím sure your grandfather was well pleased with it.

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Re: Can you identify this bike?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2020, 08:29:53 AM »
Thank you for your thoughtful answers. Very interesting to put names on that bike and engine and I'll look forward to reading up  on them.

Nicholas.