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  • Mercian information 1956/58/60
    for several years but the implication here is that the new Vigorelli has been refined to save some weight and has the seat stays probably shot in at the seat cluster The 1960 Olympique had a special seat tube transfer showing a runner carrying the Olympic torch see image below Above An image of the Vigorelli seat cluster as built in 1954 Right Special seat tube transfer as used on

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  • Mercian riders
    single speed fixed wheel and one brake In the book there is also a picture of three riders chatting together after a race Eileen Sheridan Ethel Crowther one of the partners in Mercian and Mima Soens the last two both well known names in the frame building world Right Another fast man riding Mercian Derek Woodings of Derby Wheelers here seen winning the 1963 National 100 mile Time Trial by nearly two minutes with a time of 4h 2m 38s Like Dave Keeler and Ray Booty Woodings was a tall rider with a large frame He was 6 3 and it looks as if the frame is at least 25 He is riding on tubs with a spare wrapped in a cycling magazine strapped under the saddle he also has a Pennine compressed air pump held by a single Terry spring pump clip behind the seat tube His Campag gears are changed by bar end levers Left Beryl Burton riding Mercian in the Manx Viking Wheelers 25 1959 in a record event time of 1h 7m 5s On a slightly different note John Basell tells us that he was and is a member of RAF Egypt CA Club the Exiles CC and that 15 of them still meet and ride together four times per year some 53 years afterwards Below is a picture taken last year up at Woolsthorpe of one Cyril Wagstaff attired in his Exiles jersey and leaning on his magnificent Mercian On demob from the RAF in the 50s Cyril went to work for Mercian and stayed with them right until retirement about three years ago His made to measure Mercian built in Reynolds 853 with carbon forks Cinelli Angel combined carbon stem and bars and fully Campag Record equipped was his retirement present from the firm

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  • The new Paris Galibier by Condor Cycles
    of lightweight bicycles was introduced by PARIS Cycles in 1947 The Galibier has a unique style with single main strut frame balanced by a pair of top tubes The lugless construction is embellished with handsome bi laminations at the head and strut joints This then new and revolutionary design thought to have originally been inspired by a French idea aimed to eliminate whip and yet by allowing a certain elasticity that helped to absorb road shocks give improved road holding The Galibier had an immediately enthusiastic following one that has continued over the years Then in the early 1980 s Michael Kemp with Monty Young of Condor Cycles set up Paris Lightweight Cycle Tom Board was then Condor s frame builder and custom built an improved PARIS Galibier and the diamond pattern Champion du Monde frames between 1981 and 1987 Now Condor Cycles have decided to re introduce the PARIS Galibier as a custom frame built to order By Alvin Smith Paris Marque Specialist The complete machine as exhibited at the London Cycle Show equipped with Campagnolo Record fixed wheel components Above left and right Details and features of the new Galibier New for 2009 the Condor Paris Tour de

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  • Paris "Tour de France" frame built by Tom Board c.1980
    lug with seat pin securing bolt as far as I know all Rensch TdFs built with the 1 1 8 diameter tubing used a separate saddle pin clamp on a lugless seat pin cluster The top tube brake cable clips are typical 1970 80s fittings The twin plate fork crown was offerred by both Rensch and Paris Lightweights but Rensch never used the Eifel Tower bilamination there and of course did not use ET4 as far as I can tell The rear brake bridge has the short diamond shaped decoration around its footings on the seat stays which I identify as RBBM2 typical of Paris Lighweights The seat stays appear not as narrow as the pencil stays of the earlier Rensch era This frame has the later short Campag rear ends Head lugs and fork crown details Bottom bracket lug details Details of seat cluster More on Tom Board s time with Paris from Alvin Smith The above described frame was built under the name of The Paris Lightweights Cycle Company which was formed in 1981 and became a fully legal entity when Michael Kemp acquired the legal rights to the PARIS name and approached Monty Young of Condor Cycles with a view to making the Galibier again There is no doubt that Kemp who was a business man and keen club cyclist provided the impetus and perhaps most of the initial financing and planning behind this venture The new firm was set up as the Paris Lightweight Cycle Company Ltd in Potters Bar on 30 September 1981 Between 1983 and 1987 frames were built by solely by Tom Board Condor s retained frame builder with Condor Cycles being the selling agents Monty Young Tom Board and Stuart Mobley were also partners with Michael Kemp in the new firm of Paris Lightweight Cycles The company produced a diamond frame model the Tour de France as well as an improved Galibier strut frame model Tom Board had worked for Paris Cycles from 1949 up to their closure after which he had become a frame builder in his own right after acquiring further experience with FW Evans before joining Condors He worked for several years at the Condor workshops making the highly respected Condor house frames The Condor workshops were located in Balls Pond Road just along from where Harry Rensch had started making his Rensch and Paris machines in 1935 Board s modifications to the design for the Paris Lightweight Cycles Galibier were to strengthen the bottom bracket assembly by using T 45 steel instead of Reynolds 531 for the lower part of the seat tube the bottom bracket to main strut tube and the adoption of modern microfusion castings where needed as well as Campagnolo drop outs Some customers wanted not just the new and better metallurgy on offer but the older pattern bi laminations that had been so much a part of the Galibier s appeal so these too came back on most of the frames Although this well

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  • The Frederick Bicycle Shop
    cycling back in the post war heyday of cycling in the 1950 and early 60 s Joan and Fred Pratt outside the shop in the 1950 s talking to a visitor As well as operating the shop between 1949 and 1967 the firm made their own bicycle It was a sporting machine as expected from the background of the frame builder Frederick Pratt who had trained with Claud Butler at that time the doyen of bicycle makers Frederick had started with Butler s in 1928 and left in 1948 as Works Manager so as to open his own shop Frederick was married to Claud Butler s sister Joan Initially the firm s bicycle always called the Frederick was a lightweight touring design with a special frame called the Jack Knife with a long wheelbase After a short period however the fashion changed and the marque went over to more orthodox frames These were very well thought of and the shop was patronised by the local clubs Redhill CC and Crawley Wheelers Some 250 odd bikes were made many of the later frames being made by an inhouse frame builder Peter Tester whom Frederick Pratt had taken on and trained up

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