Liz, one of the Bike Station's mechanics in Perth, spotted this frame in amongst a pile of bikes that had been deposited at the Friarton recyling centre. It was frame, forks and wheels. She knew it was something special and possibly rare.
The bike turned out to be a Granby "taper tube" bicycle, dating back to 1936.
She sat it to the side while she looked for parts to restore it and keep it as original as possible to the era.
Four months of patience and it was almost complete: original Lauterwasser bars, Williams steel 3 arm chainset, Brooks B17 saddle and vintage centre pull brake, Dunlop LA 26 x 1/4 rims and a fixed hub. The stem height and reach are fully adjustable and are in keeping with the time period. The only thing holding it back from completion was a broken spoke - very narrow gauge and double butted. But thankfully a discussion with a member of the veteran cycle club led Liz getting the required spoke from another member, Vic Polanski (who used to be a professional grass track racer and raced on a Granby Taper Tube!) and also regular visitor to the Bike Station in Perth. He confirmed the approximate age of the bike as between 1936-38. So with the spoke fitted the bike was complete. It rides super smooth and hopefully as good as it's first day on the road. It is sad to think that this piece of cycling history could have been sent to the scrap yard and have been lost for good!
This isn't the oldest bike we've restored - that one dated back to 1896. We have taken in some 30,000 discarded bikes, and this just goes to show what we can do with them.