historic hetchins

1950s Magnum Bonum

Magnum Bonum
Tottenham, 1950s

This late 1950s Mag.Bonum is pretty nearly in original condition, both paint and components (excepting tires, of course). It shows only moderate wear for its years and is something of a time capsule for how a bike would have been equipped when new.

The color scheme is black with chrome ends & headlugs. Note the dt transfer with fade-to-gold lettering; later dt transfers had a hard line between the red and the gold.

The components include BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) chainset [some in the UK regarded them as superior to Chater-Lea], Brooks saddle, Simplex mech, Bayliss Wiley bb, Lyotard pedals, GB Coureur brakes, Bayliss-Wiley Airlite large-flange hub. [Thanks to Peter Underwood for help identifying the components. --Ed.]