1926 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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Everybody gets the blues now and then and don’t know what to do. 

I’ve had it happen many times to me, and so have you.

But those days have gone and past

I’ve found out what to do at last.

When i feel all in, down and out, you will hear me shout ….

Hello central give me Doctor Jazz.

He’s got just what i need, I’ll say he has.

And when the world goes wrong, and I’ve got the blues,

He’s the man who makes me get out both my dancin’ shoes.

The more i get, the more i want it seems.

I page old doctor jazz in all my dreams.

When I’m trouble bound, and mixed,

He’s the guy that gets me fixed.

Hello, central, give me Doctor Jazz. 

– Dr. Jazz composed by King Oliver, released by  Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers, 16th December, 1926

As this Royal Sunbeam for Ladies rolled off the production line, in December 1926, the kids were dancing to Dr. Jazz by Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers.

87 years down the road, musical tastes may have changed, but the Royal is still going strong.

And when the world goes wrong and you’ve got the blues, as Jelly Roll sang back then, there’s no better cure than jumping on a Sunbeam bicycle…

You can listen to Dr. Jazz in the video of the Sunbeam right here…

 

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1926 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

2 Speed Epicyclic Gears

24″ Frame

28″ Wheels

Frame No 152738

(Now sold)

 

 

 

Q. Apart from their age (both coming out in 1926), what is the connection between Dr. Jazz and this 1926 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen?

A. The Sunbeam is in remarkably original condition, with all its delicate transfers (decals) still showing. Such originality has a serious effect on vintage bicycle collectors, who appreciate more than most people the ravages that time can effect upon metal. Such appreciation can become addictive. And Dr Jazz? Well, he was always just a phonecall away…

Hello central give me Doctor Jazz.

He’s got just what i need, I’ll say he has.

And when the world goes wrong, and I’ve got the blues,

He’s the man who makes me get out both my dancin’ shoes.

 

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Sunbeam bicycles have never gone out of fashion. They were built to the highest standard and they are an absolute pleasure to ride. When they were new, they were expensive, sought-after machines. Nothing’s changed. They are still the best.

This particular machine is a real survivor, cosmetically original, and retaining its transfers (decals) on the headstock and chaincase, as well as the ‘Royal Sunbeam’ lettering on the down tube. With the exception of the tyres and saddle – which is nevertheless a correct period style 3 coil – the bike is totally original. I’ve taken it for a spin – despite its 87 years of age, it rides as well as when it was new. That’s why Sunbeams are still expensive bikes …or, as Sunbeams own advert states:

‘Quality is the true test of cheapness.’