Anyone heard of Marlboro bikes?

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  • It's an old 10 speed racer. Can't seem to find any info on the company.

  • Maybe it was a promo bike or something? Long shot, but seeing that DKNY (and Land Rover, BMW, etc) bike made me think other companies must have done it before.

  • They're for fags...

  • They had something to do with Holdsworth after the 1980s:

    1986 - THE "MARLBORO" HOLDSWORTH

                  By Easter **1985** there was a **Marlboro**presence at Holdsworthy and about **Nov 1985**          they took over. Holdsworth (and CB) production soon moved from Anerly          to the The Holdsworthy Co Ltd, Alma Works, Darlaston Road, Darlaston (now          Wednesbury), West Midlands (now industrial/commercial units). The **[1986          range](http://homepage.ntlworld.com/nkil­gariff/HoldsCats/Cat1986/1986Catalogue.h­tm)** had more lower end models, as the budget "Challenger"          range was added, but the top models maintain their high quality.
             In **1986 **Roy Thame was hospitalised for a month and decided                it was time to ease off. The Welling business was sold to the manager                **Peter Elliot**, the Penge business was sold to the manager                Bob Donnington. The Hounslow shop was closed. Mike Shonleben was                appointed a Director and took over the management of 132 L Richmond                Rd. The shop at 153/153a was sold (not as a cycle shop) and Mike                took over the complete running of the business, with a one third                share. The lightweight side was gradually phased out.
    
  • I've got a Malboro Woodstock that I rescued from Amsterdam, it's my favourite bike in the world!

  • I just got one yesterday! A Woodstock. Its a bit small for me but my GF loves it. Don't suppose you sold yours did you? I can't imagine there are too many about.

  • Hi, im new to this blog, dont suppose any of you know why when you upload pics the end up back to front as in the first pic is last therefore making the shots of my re-build round the wrong way????

    Sorry to change the subject!

  • Put this question in the forum help section; if you are allowed to start a thread. otherwise, take your bike to pieces again and photograph it as you go along; then,when you put the pics up they will look like they are in the correct order.

  • lol. Or use photobucket/imageshack/tinypic or one of the thousands of free image hosting sites.

  • I did photo it as i did it, its the photo editor on here.....if i had photoed it back to front i would be hitting an all time quantum high an probably not be worried they were back to front.....cheers any way!

  • i did photo it as i did it, its the photo editor on here.....if i had photoed it back to front i would be hitting an all time quantum high an probably not be worried they were back to front.....cheers any way!

    htfu

  • htfu

    I think you mean ufth?

  • There's nothing like a bit of up fucking.

  • ...the marlboro bike thing....

  • Marlboro bikes are/were made up this way, in Wordsley near Stourbridge. They used to make the own brand BMXs for Halfords back in the day.

  • FUCK IT!

    That bike I bought a week or two back:

    is annoying the hell out of me.

    I didn't get chance to do anything to it until a few days ago. I can't for the life of me get the back wheel to fit in the frame. I think its not the original wheel. I can't think of any other explanation. If I put the wheel at the very back of the dropouts I have a mm of clearance either side of the chainstays. This wouldn't be such a problem if I had a perfectly true wheel and the chain could reach that far back. As it is the wheel is old and not true and the chain isn't quite long enough so I have to move it in about 10mm which means the tyre rubs against the chainstay. Awesome.

    Also wtf is it with really tight clearances? Its not a bloody track bike. Its a city bike. I need to figure out which size wheel is smaller in diameter and narrower. Only trouble is this wheel is the smallest of the 26" imperial sized wheels and a metric version (basic MTB size) is too small.

    To further complicate matters the front wheel is a couple of mm's bigger in diameter and slightly narrower so they aren't interchangeable.

    I'm giving serious consideration to just bashing the chainstays in with a hammer. Its a steel frame so can take a bit of a battering, I just don't want to hit too much and end up with an ugly weak spot.

    Technical bit:
    Current rear wheel: 26 x 1 3/8 (E.A.3) 590 mm
    Current front wheel: 26 x 1 1/4 597 mm
    Classic MTB wheel: 26 x 1.00 through 2.3 559 mm

    If I can I'm going to try and get hold of some wheels in this size:
    26 x 1 (650 C) 571 mm - I know you can get them but they may prove hard to find.
    Also they'll be a bit sporty for what is essentially a relaxed town bike. AND I don't even know if the brakes drop far enough to make contact with the rims.

    Thing is I only paid £40 for the bike. I bet I end up spending way more than that on the wheels. Is it worth it? Probably not.

  • Youll probably find that the above bike uses 26 1 3/8" rims & tyres.

    In which case you are in luck as that is the size they use in cycle speedway. Archie wilkinson (who have a wheel factory & sell affordable but top speedway parts) sell a range of those size wheels from £50-£70 a pair, fancy colours, sealed hubs, stainless spokes etc..

    Normal town bike tyres are dirt cheap in the right places, high st shops tried to sell me a michelin world tour for £15! but they available on chain reaction for £5.99 posted!

  • Youll probably find that the above bike uses 26 1 3/8" rims & tyres.

    In which case you are in luck as that is the size they use in cycle speedway. Archie wilkinson (who have a wheel factory & sell affordable but top speedway parts) sell a range of those size wheels from £50-£70 a pair, fancy colours, sealed hubs, stainless spokes etc..

    Normal town bike tyres are dirt cheap in the right places, high st shops tried to sell me a michelin world tour for £15! but they available on chain reaction for £5.99 posted!

    Thats exactly the size it uses (well at the back anyway):

    Technical bit:
    Current rear wheel: 26 x 1 3/8 (E.A.3) 590 mm
    Current front wheel: 26 x 1 1/4 597 mm
    Classic MTB wheel: 26 x 1.00 through 2.3 559 mm

    As mentioned though the frame is a bit too tight for that size wheel (at the back). Ideally I need something slightly smaller in diameter and thinner in width. I think I'd be best off with some 26 x 1 (650 C) wheels which are 571 mm. They're made for much thinner tyres but I could probably put some 28's on which would be thin enough for the frame without being too thin. I'm not sure how well the brakes would reach though.

    thanks for the info anyway though.

  • Also this has proved invaluable recently:
    http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html­

  • Also I'd love to do Cycle Speedway. Looks like lots of fun.

  • In the process of converting a Marlboro 5 speed. If only I could get the cotter pins to behave as they should !

  • Hi,
    i'm new to the site and i just bought a Marlboro Montreal racing bike made in the 70's.
    Was this a good idea?

  • "Youll probably find that the above bike uses 26 1 3/8" rims & tyres." Perhaps Not. ! I have a Marlboro cycle which had a 26 x 1 1/4 wheels , ( it lost the back & got a common 26 x 1 3/8 , which is too fat for the frame). The larger rim, smaller tyre 26 x 1 1/4 is much rarer , but was it the wheel of choice for 1970/80s Marlboro ?. ( PS 26 x 1 1/4 is very different to 26 x 1.25)

  • Thanks for the information on Marlboro bikes here. I have one which I bought new from the bike shop in Cupar when I left school in 1981. It has done many thousands of miles around Scotland and England since then with several sets of wheels, chains, gears, seats. Still used daily but now in need of a major overhaul and repaint though I want to try to preserve the original transfers and metallic orange paint if I can.

  • I have the Malboro Woodstock girls bike and I gave it a restoration I put 26 x1.95 wheels didn't have a problem just had to put a few spacers the only problem I have know is the chain

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