It’s good that Cyclemaster was sold as a powered wheel for any bicycle, as this opens up my search for a bike to basically any from the 50’s. Perfect would be a Mercury, as they were the official partner to Cyclemaster but realistically any will do, as long as it’s:
- a tourer
- has rod brakes (cable were available but rod just looks right for the period),
- is fitted with 26″ wheels, as that’s what the gearing is designed for,
- has a Brookes seat with big springs – also preferably comfortable,
- has period lights, particularly a large front one,
- oh and has mudguards, most did in the 50’s as they were more practical than style conscious,
- and finally, has some rust (or patina as the posh people say) but not too much
A Rudge would be great, or a Triumph, or a BSA. Or maybe a Hercules, or an Elswick, or even a Raleigh. They were the largest British cycle manufacturer and a major exporter to the USA, where they are still popular with collectors today.
Let the search commence.