First bikes, take three


I noted your call for photos of readers’ first bikes.

Here is my 1949 D1 Bantam after I had decided to remove everything that I considered too heavy.

I even fitted a thin wooden seat without any padding, ace bars, bulb horn and Snell close ratio gears.

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At the time I felt it looked great, but looking back I’m almost embarrassed!

My younger brother Brian is sitting on the bike in my replica flying jacket.

Happy days never to be forgotten.

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Perran Newman

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