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Offline cycarmark

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Acetylene Light Hoses
« on: 26 Nov 2018 at 16:50 »
I have a general question about hoses and control cables for 1920's era bikes.  How were the hoses and cables originally secured to the bike?  Clamps?  Rubber ties?

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #1 on: 26 Nov 2018 at 17:02 »
I always though cat collars made a good cable ties. Might want to remove the bell, though... 

For the control cables, many of the Douglas flat tank models had clips soldered to the underside of the petrol tank. The EW-A31 models had the control cables passing down through the center of the steering stem.

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #2 on: 26 Nov 2018 at 19:27 »
I'll be sure to get the kind that repels fleas!

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #3 on: 26 Nov 2018 at 20:14 »

Thin stamped-steel ties were pretty common, either soft ties with a slot at one end, or spring steel to snap around frame tubes or handlebars. There were lots of variations, and most were just painted black.

I'd guess rubber ties were also available in the vintage years. There are nice reproductions of these, but the ones I've had perish quite quickly.

That said, most riders would have used cloth tape!

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #4 on: 27 Nov 2018 at 11:39 »
That's what I noticed in a lot of the photos, the cloth tape.  I think the combination of clips and cloth tape is probably the way I'll go.

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #5 on: 29 Nov 2018 at 23:43 »
Re cable securing, my CW has 2 clamps near the headstock...one with 1 clamping position and with 4.
When cables installed, I will know which goes on which side. Pretty sure these are original fittings.

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #6 on: 03 Dec 2018 at 15:31 »
I had to look at the photos for a minute to see the clamps you mentioned.  I've never seen anything like that on a motorcycle and will have to re-check my 3 1920's bikes I am presently working on (B29 Douglas, 1920 Clyno, 1921 Cleveland).

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Re: Acetylene Light Hoses
« Reply #7 on: 11 Dec 2018 at 22:55 »
Go to Bert Pol's website on the interweb, but you'll need a thick wallet.
Richard