I’m looking for a correct rear hub for my 1927 Flyer. This has the spokes laced directly onto the flange on the brake drum. Can anyone help please?
Hope you have more luck than I have, been looking for a wheel either type for ages now cant find any thing. eric
I found a 1927 type wheel at a Newark autojumble last year, and sold it to Dave Bushell. Keep searching ! If all else fails you could get a NEW repro Enfield type hub, build it up with innards from Baz Jackson, and then get a rim laced to it. An expensive exercise, but it can be done….
Many thanks for that Brian. Don’t think I can run to a new repro hub so I’ll keep looking and use the 1930ish wheel that’s fitted at the moment until something turns up. A follow on question, I believe that the correct rim size for the year is 21″ (the sales brochure quotes tyre size as 27″ x 2.75″) but I can’t find a suitable 21″ rear tyre (Mitas do a 20″ x 3″ but not a 21″). I think I’ll have to compromise and use a 20″ rim but does anyone know of a suitable 21″ tyre?
I recently sold the type of wheel that you are looking for (along with a later type of rear wheel) to club member Steve Gibbons. The original 1927 wheel with the spokes going to the brake drum flange had a 19″ rim fitted.
Thanks for that Dave, the rim is irrelevant as I’d have a new 20″ or 21″ rim fitted. Do you think Steve Gibbons would be interested in selling it on? Could I have some contact details please?
I’ve just answered my previous question and located 21″ x 3″ tyre. Made by Ensign and sold by “Vintage Tyres”.
I’ve sent you a private message.
Many thanks Dave, I’ll keep you posted.
I may be able to help you.
I have I think one of the drums that you refer to, it is a pressing with an outer flange with the spoke holes in it, drum working dia is7″.
It came with my two speeder, and is obviously incorrect for that , although it does fit the two speeder hub. I am just about to make a two speeder drum/ sprocket assembly for my bike.
Am assuming you want a drum as well as a hub, can’t help with the hub.
Very many thanks for your offer. After my first posting I’ve received a lot of information and learned a great deal about rear hubs of that period. Unfortunately the one thing that emerges is that the 1927 hub / brake assembly has little in common with the later device fitted to my machine which amongst other things incorporates a cush drive. In my ignorance I was hoping to perhaps acquire a hub / drum assembly and then use the remaining parts from my existing hub to make it complete. Unfortunately this has not proved to be feasible. I’ve therefore had to accept compromise and decide to go ahead and have my existing hub re-built into a 21″ rim, which is where I came in, not wanting to spend the money on the wheel rebuild with the wrong hub. Hope that all makes sense!
Many thanks again to the offer.
I’m not sure if I’m right, as far as I know, rim size was optional. On my 27 bike was 19″ rear rim and 20″ front.
Yes, in the works despatch books tyre sizes are listed, and my 1927 Flyer had 21″ rims front and back. Look at my old “Machine Profile” article in Technicalities for more information.