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I found this under my house a few years ago and I’m hoping someone could help identify it

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Thank you for the better photo. I can see a reaction arm on the left chainstay by the rear axle, suggesting this has either a coaster rear brake or some kind of hand operated drum brake.

We can also clearly read LEADER SPECIAL written on the downtube.

This seems to be a New Zealand brand, also sold in Australia. Bill Pratney was a successful cash rider on Leader bikes. Manufacturer was Clark Cycles in Auckland, New Zealand.

More info: https://theflyingwheel.blogspot.com/search/label/Leader%2FClarkes%20Cycles

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From https://www.classicrendezvous.com/New_Zealand/Clarkes.html This dates to between 1925 and 1955 and mentions Leader as a brand.

Leader still exists as a brand, but its been sold off repeatedly and has no connection with the original Australian company. https://www.leaderbikesusa.com/

  • That’s amazing, thank you !
    – user69938
    Jun 1, 2023 at 8:26

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