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Norman 18" restored step-through bicycle

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The Norman company was started just after World War I. The firm's beginnings were humble, the brothers Charles & Fred Norman began by making frames in a garden shed in Ashford, England.

Norman bicycle poster

The firm thrived and by the mid-1930s it had moved twice, seeking ever-larger premises. The company began making mopeds and light motorcycles as well as bicycles. Production reached 5,000 bicycles a week.

In 1950 Norman Bicycles was acquired by Tube Investments, maker of Reynolds tubing. In 1960 Tube Investments also became the owner of the Raleigh bicycle company.

Norman bicycle head badge

Here's an undated Norman head badge. It isn't from the bike we have for sale, which does not have a head badge.

The Ashford factory closed in 1961 and it looks like production of Norman brand bikes ceased about 1963.

Norman 18-inch step-through bicycle. Completely restored $500.00

Restoring this old Norman bike was a labor of love for us.

  • The powdercoater who refinished the frame said that it might have had 20 coats of housepaint on it.
  • We built new wheels for it using 700c rims laced with DT spokes to a Sturmey-Archer 5-speed hub in the rear and a SunTour XC Pro in the front.
  • We mounted a SunTour power ratchet for the left side of the hub, as it is either open or closed for the shifting on that side.
  • The Sanyo bottom bracket generator is new as are the Esge plastic fenders
  • The SunTour Alpha sidepull calipers were pulled off another bike, as was the Avocet Touring II women’s leather saddle.
  • Kalloy micro-adjust seat post
  • Specialized Armadillo tires
  • Wolber GTA rims in a mirror polish
  • Shimano Touring pedals
  • The bottom bracket was overhauled and we replaced the cups with ones of higher quality
  • The bottom bracket shell has an oil port

Norman step-thourgh bicycle

The bike is ready to roll. Note: the rear Esge rack is broken and cannot be repaired. It is not included in the sale.

Norman step through bicycle

Front view. Note there is a Huret Multito cyclometer mounted on the front wheel.

Norman bicycle

Looking down at the bars. Note the bell and the SunTour power ratchet shifter for the left side of the 5-speed hub.

Rear wheel

View of the Sturmey-Archer 5-speed rear hub.

Norman crankset

Classic cottered crankset with the spider made of medieval Norman soldiers. Nice touch.