I also saw this bike a Ripley and might have been tempted if I hadn't got too many bikes already.
I think you may find this forum interesting:
The attached picture shows my Duckett which is thought to be about the same period, although English. I've done some longish rides on this bike, and I'd say it rides better than one would expect. The handlebars are original, but they are now turned forward, whereas they were intended to face backwards - I found the machine almost unrideable with the bars as they were intended to be. It's on 26 x 1 1/4" wheels, with Westwood rims, and currently a 63" gear.
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