Union Tally, a stunning vintage coaster brake gents bicycle, produced most likely about fifty years ago. I have bought it by a complete accident and instantly I felt, there is a big potential in it. So it was not really a brainer – I decided to restore this bike to the top level I can archive.
Star combination was clearly good, so things moved quickly – I clearly met the right people along the way. With the great help from:
• Rowerownia Młyn, the stunning place full of most amazing bicycles and the friendlies, most helpful people you can think of,
• Serwis Twojego Roweru, the bespoke bicycle service, that literally dismantles the bike only slightly above the atomic level, and
• Kocham Starocie, with its endless selection of all imaginable artistic and rare bike elements,
my Union Tally quickly got its shape. Only few things were added during the process, like Schwalbe cream tires and new hub, for the aesthetics I really like the Brooks B66 saddle and Brooks plump leather grips, they all make the bike look and feel special.
Currently, as you see this, the bike is very, very close to perfection. It has been maintained with that attention to detail, that when in motion, it hardly produces any noise. Typical for old bikes rattles does not exist for this one; even on the potholes and cobblestone roads it is silent. Just astonishing machine. Little bits and pieces are still due to be done, little paint corrections, maybe leather panniers – and that would be it. No rush though, it is close to perfection now, and as they say – good things come to those who wait.
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Omafiets is a very traditional woman’s bike with classic frame type. Often described as Dutch, but its origins come, as every bike related invention – from UK.
What you see here, is an early stage of the omafiets we have bought. Very nice frame, excellent condition, legendary Lepper Primus saddle and so on. Soon you will see it altered, with lots of new elements. Stay tuned.
During my last visit to Rowerownia Młyn in Wrocław, a stunning place with great people, full of old bikes and parts unavailable anywhere else I can think of, I have spotted a great, old Raleigh bike. Big light with low and high beam switch, old Lepper Primus saddle, fantastic look of a old, classic gents bike. In a search for a bike like that (sadly, that one wasn’t for sale) I found a nice movie shot in 1945 in Raleigh factory “How a bicycle is made” – enjoy the old craftmanship.
and a film about the history of the bicycles with interesting shots from the Brooks and Continental factories:
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Union Tally, a vintage coaster brake bicycle made in Holland. 28″ wheels, single speed, custom Brooks saddle, suicidal brakes and that “opafiets” look that will make every hipster scream. This bike is currently restored, so stay tuned. New Brooks plump grips, cream Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires and stuff like that – you get the idea. You’ll see the result in next few days – all I need now is a “Die hipster scum” t-shirt.
For some reason, there is hardly any information about Union bicycles online. Thanks to a photo found on Flickr I have learned that Union was founded in 1904 in Nieuwleusen and bicycles were the only thing this factory was making – later mopeds were added to the production line. In the seventies poor management decisions (don’t know any details) severely hurt the company and since then they were struggling until they filed for bankruptcy in 2001. Production was restarted, but again – no success and as a result of that the final end of production was declared in 2006. Original, abandoned factory burned down in May 2010 – sad end of a great company with long history.
Then, the brand name was purchased by WICnext company that moved production to a different location. New Union bikes are available on this website – have a look, they are very nice indeed. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. A bit of this most recent history can be found here (Warning! Hipsters inside).
Have a look at the nice timeline of the Union factory:
And a nice video about where this bike comes from and what is it like to cycle in Holland:
Service in progress!
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Nearly 6 miles long, really steep hill climb, with lots of twists and turns. Nearly one hour of easy hill climb on the bike. Worth every second and every drop of sweat.
The table under the red sign says “does not affect the pushbikes”, so the whole combination means “no vehicles over 5 tonnes are allowed on this road, apart from the pushbikes”. Strange country that is.
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