1951 Elswick Hopper ‘Model W’ Tradesmans Bike

1951 Elswick Hopper ‘Model W’ Tradesmans Bike

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An Elswick Hopper I owned until recently was this Tradesman’s ‘Model W.’


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1951 CYCLEMASTER ROUNDSMAN

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Elswick Hoppers are a brand of bicycles I like. I already have a 1938 Gents Hopper in my collection, so I jumped on this 1950 Model W Trade Bike when I found it. The wonderful thing about it is the faded original paint and all its badges and decals still there 58 years after it left the factory

I originally bought this Model W for my Cyclemaster Museum. However, I’ve now spent a fortune buying a Roundsman that had been used by the MG factory in Oxford; and I still have another Roundsman fitted with a sidecar. So something has to go….

This Cyclemaster engine starts and runs well. The brakes work. It has a later saddle, but it’s so comfortable for riding that I’ve left it on. I can’t see anything that needs doing to this lovely old machine at a practical level. If I were keeping her, I suppose I’d put on an old Brooks saddle, replace the throttle lever with an older one and add older lights. The rear reflector lens is missing too. Those touches would cost only £20 or £30, maybe less.

This Roundsman is ideal for summer runs, local shows, rallies, steam fairs, etc.

Even with an engine in the back wheel, it still fits onto a car’s cycle-carrier.

Of course, if you really fancied a bit of fun, you could set up your own Cyclemaster Roundsman Delivery Service, just like these adverts.

With a signboard advertising your services it is an excellent (and bargain) way to advertise your business.


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How fascinating – the guarantee on this 1951 Elswick Hopper Model W only ran out 7 years ago!


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The complete catalogue for Elswick Hoppers of this year is on the

Bicycle Museum Website

http://oldbike.eu

PLEASE CLICK HERE

You can calculate the age of your Hopper bicycle from the chart below:hopperdating

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Elswick Hopper Model H19

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Published on November 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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