I am rescuing an older "porsche" cycle (built in Adelaide by the Ricardo company). It will be kept original but resprayed a more alluring colour than the current copper/red as it is very faded now. Oh, I will put in an updated bottom bracket... (not those in photo 3 - they are to clean and protect the threads).
All parts are in good shape except one of the bearing races at the bottom of the steerer tube. The bike does not have a headset per se (is much older than that) and if you look at photo 2 - you can see the head tube is flared to hold specific bearing races.
My issue is - one the two bearing races that comprise the bottom part is eroded away - photo 1.
I am looking for one (or a pair) of these.. I assume they are the same as a 1970s Ricardo or Custom Built - maybe interchangeable with Malvern Star too.
The race is for a 1" steerer.
LBSes so far have looked blank - and web searches not yet borne fruit.
So anyone with such bits - I am happy to negotiate.
I sent a friend request - then if you accept you can personal message your address. I'll post it on monday.
No - but I can take a few more pictures of the Porshe. It was to be for my wife - but my 10 year old rides it around. Single speed - coaster brake on rear...
Made in Adelaide in the 1960s and 1970s.
Cheers Andrew, have accepted the friend request, tried messaging but something is not working quite as it should, will try again later. Please do take a few more pics of the Porshe if you have time, your restorations look magnificent. I'd also like to know more about its history, especially whether it still had other original components (ie BB Bearing / cups) in it when you got it. I'll post some pics on my page of the 'lincoln Cycles' bike I have that's similar in frame design. It had the original 'Bayliss & Wiley' BB in it when I found it.
Thank you for your kind offer to post the bearing race, I greatly appreciate it.
Have tried several times to PM, but keep getting 3 screens that I cannot add text to, so let's throw caution to the wind instead;
My Postal Address is:
PO Box 43
Clunes, Victoria 3370
Am more than happy to donate some funds or goods in return for postage and part.
David Hembrow's website
has lots of old fashioned stuff. There are some headset bearings.
Thanks Michael... I'll see Mechandy know this too.
Thanks for the link. He's got some interesting stuff there, so it's gone into bookmark. Doesn't look like he's got any headset stuff that's as old as these races though.