Some say I'm crazy if i want to ride this old piece of steel trough central Asia. But i believe that pre-war handcrafting has never been matched in more recent times.
I want to know your opinion.
This is the President, a belgian frame from Royal Nord, I think is early '30s.
Royal Nord is an historical brand from Hasselt, better known for motorcycles and mopeds; very few information are available in the web about their bicycles.
Company was set up in 1927 by Jean Hufkens and his brothers as a bicycle factory, that turned in to mopeds crafting in 1931. That's all. I'm trying to get in touch with Hufkens family, i'll write a future post about that.
This was given to me by Willem Scholte from Kwikfiets, and it's actual condition are the same as i got it. It features a Sturmey Archer Dynohub from late '40s / early '50s, i think is a GH12 but i'm not sure yet.
This is the dynamo i want to use to power the automatic landscape sampling device, i'm studying on that.
The back wheel mounts a Torpedo 3-speed + coaster brake (picture 4 and 6 of the top slide show), driven by a very rare shifter (picture 5). This is the part I'm gonna rebuilt.
This is a so called DualDrive system, which means that 3 internal gears are paired with an external 7 speed cassette, giving you 21 speeds just in the back chain wheels, allowing you to use a thicker chain.
This hubs where produced in germany from 1994 to 2000.
More info can be found on this link to the amazing Sheldon Brown's site.
Unfortunately the back fork is to narrow and needs to be bended about 1,5cm; some say it's possible, some say "don't do that!" so I'm looking for more opinions and for somebody that will do that.
Down here an overview of the other parts i got that are are gonna be part of the President 2.0!