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British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« Last post by R on February 22, 2024, 01:43:38 AM »
Edit. I'll get this right yet !
7A is the warehouse entrance - and its writ right there on the door.

(and, oddly, the places in that street/road are consecutively numbered,
not odds and evens ??)
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British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« Last post by R on February 22, 2024, 01:36:19 AM »
and the Spares Dept on New Park Road, close by, but does anyone remember, or even knew of, the Bike storage facility somewhere in the back streets close by the Spares Dept ?
This was a substantial warehouse behind local terraced houses, accessed through a gated tunnel and a small court-yard with a wooden office/shed.

Interesting.

How did it look ?
There is such a place just around the corner, at 6A Sulina Rd. The brick place.
There is a large warehouse out the back on the aerial view.
It currently is apparently a furniture place, with no indication on that front/garage door.

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4469991,-0.1268156,3a,75y,226.97h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sGo4RDv_03QdupPCwo73jdw!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3DGo4RDv_03QdupPCwo73jdw%26cb_client%3Dsearch.gws-prod.gps%26w%3D86%26h%3D86%26yaw%3D226.96701%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu
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British Bikes / Re: George Clarke Motors a formidable force
« Last post by SeaVenture on February 21, 2024, 04:03:55 PM »
I realise that it is many years since this post was active but having only recently discovered it I felt the need to respond, partly in the hope that the original contributors are still with us, but also that the subject of George Clarke Motors should be extended since I was active with the company in the early 1960's.
The original post details the existence of the showroom in Brixton Hill and the Spares Dept on New Park Road, close by, but does anyone remember, or even knew of, the Bike storage facility somewhere in the back streets close by the Spares Dept ?
This was a substantial warehouse behind local terraced houses, accessed through a gated tunnel and a small court-yard with a wooden office/shed.
New and second-hand motorcycles sold from the showroom and bought on hire purchase were shipped to and stored in the warehouse until the buyers finances were completed. The new owner would then be issued with a docket, pink in colour I seem to remember, which he, or she, would present at the warehouse to collect their machine, which we would furnish with a quart of petrol and level checked engine oil, as required.
I feel this will do as an introduction and I will offer more if there is any further interest.
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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by R on February 16, 2024, 09:48:00 PM »
I used something like that to have a sprocket "rebanded".
They machined away the blank's inner, and shrank/welded the circle of teeth onto the old ground-down sprocket's splined hub.
And heated and oil dipped it.

And used a bigger blank, for someone to retooth a cush drive hub for me.
https://i.postimg.cc/NfN3Fb78/New-teeth.jpg

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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by iansoady on February 16, 2024, 10:39:06 AM »
What about this - to be bored and welded? I used a big one for the rear wheel sprocket on my Tri-Greeves.

https://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/p20229540/Branded-17-Tooth-08B-Simplex-Platewheel-for-1/2-inch-Pitch-Chain/product_info.html
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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by R on February 16, 2024, 01:33:11 AM »
That reminds me of someone who I came across, who had a significantly large quantity of
Norton Navigator piston rings, in various oversizes.
We calculated that based on demand, he had approx 40,000 years of supply !!
He did have rather a lot ....

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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by cardan on February 15, 2024, 09:58:54 PM »
I wonder what is the world-wide annual demand for lightweight Albion gearbox sprockets? I have a sprocket box, so now I'll have to go out and look.

Leon
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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by R on February 15, 2024, 12:08:54 AM »
Wasn't I ??

You have to stop thinking like a hobbyist and start thinking like a business owner.

Quote from:  
I see that Villiers Services are obviously getting a range of sprockets remade
(if they are not buying up old stock ?)
At quite reasonable prices.
So in quantity its quite economical....
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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by 33d6 on February 14, 2024, 11:55:27 PM »
Unless you enquire youíll never know how much spline cutting would cost. Again, it depends on the capability of the machine shop in question.
As for one-offs it is common practice for a business to have a minimum price for any job. If so I ask how many items I would get for that price. I might only want one but if I can get more for the same price I both have a spare plus others to sell/trade/barter so as to offset my costs. Itís amazing how people pop out of the woodwork when they find out you have this stuff.
You have to stop thinking like a hobbyist and start thinking like a business owner.
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British Bikes / Re: Albion EJ Final drive sprocket 17T
« Last post by R on February 14, 2024, 10:19:37 PM »
I've had a number of sprockets rebanded.
This is quite economical.

I shudder to think what getting a spline cut might be ??
As a one off.

I see that Villiers Services are obviously getting a range of sprockets remade
(if they are not buying up old stock ?)
At quite reasonable prices.
So in quantity its quite economical....

I'm surprised they don't have the model required here ?

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