Alcon circa 1930 bicycle drive detail 76_912

My first bike... 2 gear ratios, just flip the wheel around to change gear... perfect!

You may like to flip the image around, too... it seems to be reversed ;-) It was scanned from an old 120-size b&w negative.

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Comment by Rob Russell on October 30, 2007 at 3:24pm
Sadly I sold this bike to Mick Mazza in around 1976... hey Mick, can I have it back now???
Comment by Rob Russell on October 31, 2007 at 8:50am
I must go back and ask... he liked the old sliding adjustable stem... it certainly was practical if sharing bikes with your older brother (as I was)
Comment by Andy Wise on August 15, 2009 at 10:33am
Hi Rob

as I see it, this is a Left side drive line?. Am I seeing this right or is it a bit of photo trickery?
I was at Mick Mazza last week and picked up a ex Frank Conciecao, so now it's in Fraks shop getting a service.
Comment by Rob Russell on August 17, 2009 at 4:19pm
Good pickup, Andy. I've accidentally reversed the negative, haven't I!!
Comment by Marc Rerceretnam on March 5, 2013 at 8:42am

Assume when you say 'Alcon' the frame was made by Bill Connolly of Victoria Rd, Marrickville. If so, not sure if the frame dates back to 1930. Bill was born in 1917 (give or take a couple of years) so doubt if he had his own business at 13. Believe he started making frames from 1943. 

Comment by Rob Russell on March 5, 2013 at 2:39pm

I did say 'circa' 1930, meaning I was having a stab at it. I can remember an Alcon badge, I think, and don't remember who built it;- but it was built in Marrickville, yes, and I thought my father had taken it over from his father, hence my rough stab at c.1930. If it was made in 1943 it makes it less likely but still possible that my grandfather owned it first and used it as general transport until my dad took it just a couple of years later. The later date fits better with when my grandfather moved to Marrickville, but any later and it would clash with his obsession with motorised transport. Anyway, Let's go with "circa 1943", shall we?

Comment by Marc Rerceretnam on March 5, 2013 at 4:38pm

Rob there might be a few Marrickville-made Alcons/Alcones at the upcoming Sydney Classic Bicycle Show at the Canterbury Velodrome on Sat 23 March. Believe Mick Mazza will be there too.

Comment by Rob Russell on March 6, 2013 at 9:08am

That sounds interesting. Thanks Marc. My father's Alcon was repainted (by him, by hand) and many details were submerged, alas. As the bike ended up with Mick I imagine he at least tried to restore it or scavenge parts for another bike. As well as Mick (my local bike shop proprietor) I knew Lionel Cox and Roy Wolstenholme back then (although I raced with Randwick Botany I grew up in DHBC territory right beside the old Henson Park velodrome) and had brief chats about Alcon bikes. As always you regret later not having asked more questions! I've seen a c.'48 Alcon and it was much more "modern" in terms of componentry, especially gearing, although that may just reflect racing vs touring options. Hopefully Mick will remember my bike (bit of a stretch but who knows). It was fitted with a semi-aero headlight/tail light and a dynamo that ran off the front tyre. One day I'll try to match the wheels, components, lugs etc with other period bikes and try to pin down the build date. Would've been better if I'd just kept it in the first place! Thanks again.


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