My neighbor passed away recently and I was given this cool old bike by a family member that was clearing out the leftovers from a garage sale. Not feeling comfortable taking it for free I gave the nice old gentleman a little beer drinking money and walked home wondering: "what they hell am I going to do with this thing?". Lifting the bike up while I walked, I was surprised at just how light this thing was.
I aired up the tires, wiped the shellac of dust off the seat and rode it around my driveway a little. The old linkage and components were rusted pretty well in place so I decided to hit them with penetrating oil along with the chain and anything else that was once silver but now encrusted-brown. I rode the bike around and the dry rotted tires held, the gears shifted and as embarrassing as it was to be seen on this thing, I still had fun.
I put the bike away thinking this was nothing more than some off-brand bike purchased at the Service Merchandise in the 1970's. I was right about the 1970's part but did a little research and found this bike had a rather interesting history.
Digging through Google I found things like "dangerous death fork", "superlight frame 3.5lb " and "aerospace technology"
I also found some Viscount and Lambert bikes in eBay with listings ranging from 100-1200 dollars.
I am thinking I would like to restore it or possibly convert it to a vintage SS. If anyone knows anything about these bikes and would like to share, I would love to hear from you.
Now I am wondering what the hell am I going to do with this Lambert of England bike, death-fork and all....