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blake

I got it out an old farm shed in Mt Pleasant, South Australia. It has a Mansfield seat, and an Eadie coaster rear hub. All I can find out about the frame is that it says Blake on the front. I'm looking for help identifying the model or at least getting a rough idea of the age.

  • Look at this page, near the center. The guy wearing a British/Australian style helmet with a gun strung from the bike. Appears to be the identical bike, based on the chainring and the fenders, though his is a bit taller. The caption says WWII, but the features of the bike suggest it could date from 1930 or so. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 11 '16 at 1:31
  • Check the tires -- they look like they could be glue-on ("tubular") style. The narrow tires combined with coaster brake suggests a design that predates derailleur gearing in the mid 30s (though of course the actual bike may have been produced after that). It would make sense for this to be a military bike (as in the picture I linked above), as it would be cheap and reliable and easy to ride, even for the uninitiated. – Daniel R Hicks Jan 11 '16 at 1:36
  • You might check with these guys: sydneycyclist.com/photo/1321712:Photo:1649 – Daniel R Hicks Jan 11 '16 at 1:41
  • Tyres are one of the things that will almost certainly have been replaced. The knobs look far more modern than the rest of the bike. – Criggie Jan 11 '16 at 8:25
  • I don't know much about bikes, the front tire looks a lot older than the rear one. It doesn't have a tread, it's more just a lumpy rubber. – Alex Crapper Jan 12 '16 at 4:32

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