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Let’s talk about my bicycle.
Some say I’m crazy wishing to ride this old piece of steel trough central Asia. But I believe that pre-war handcrafting has never been matched in more recent times.
I want to know your opinion.
This is the President, a belgian frame from Royal Nord, I think early ’30s.
Royal Nord is an historical brand from Hasselt, better known for motorcycles and mopeds; very few information are available on the web about their bicycles.
The company was set up in 1927 by Jean Hufkens and his brothers as a bicycle factory, that turned into mopeds crafting in 1931. That’s all. I’m trying to get in touch with Hufkens family, I’ll write a future post about that.
This is the dynamo I want to use to power the automatic landscape sampling device, I’m studying on that.
The back wheel mounts a Torpedo 3-speed + coaster brake (picture 4 and 6 of the top slide show), driven by a very rare shifter (picture 5). This is the part I’m gonna rebuilt.
This hubs where produced in germany from 1994 to 2000.
More info can be found on this link to the amazing Sheldon Brown’s site.
Unfortunately the back fork is to narrow and needs to be bended about 1,5cm; some say it’s possible, some say “don’t do that!” so I’m looking for more opinions and for somebody that will do that.
Down here an overview of the other parts i got that are are gonna be part of the President 2.0!