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  • Jim Soens Cycles catalogue
    page Readers bikes Classic components Classic frame builders Classic designs Restoration Classic riders Reminiscences Photo Gallery Ride calendar Links to related sites Jim Soens Cycles One size Soens catalogue page one Soens catalogue page two Soens catalogue page three Soens

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/catalogues/soens-catalogue.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Williamson Brothers catalogue
    components Classic frame builders Classic designs Restoration Classic riders Reminiscences Photo Gallery Ride calendar Links to related sites Williamson Brothers Supplied by David Hibberd Williamson catalogue c 1938 page one Williamson Catalogue c 1938 page two More on the history

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  • Alpex - APL Bicycles
    started making fork sets for the trade about the same time The name they used was A P L Bicycles They were have supposed to have pioneered a new brazing technique with a special formulae flux which ensured greater penetration of the joint by the brazing metal They reckoned to have a stronger joint and with the added advantage in that the joint requires little subsequent cleaning The Alpex lightweight frame had a curved seat tube and chainstays this gave the frame a 40 wheelbase I purchased one of these frames in early 1973 it was thrown in as a give away when I got my tandem The frame was a massive to me at 24 but I was curious as to who had manufactured it Our club use to visit Alf s shop regularly when it was in Seven Sisters Road It was Alf and Jack himself who told me what it was when I took it in there My frame number was 31 the same number as my flat that is how I have remembered it after all these years I sold the frame as it was far to big for me shortly afterwards Alpex were at the

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  • Baines Flying Gate
    or stays as a road or track model Both of these frames gave an ultra short wheelbase It also listed the following conventional frames WRB Path Track model 6 15s 0d WRB Continental Championship model 6 7s 6d WRB Valkenburg Continental 5 10s 0d Eccolite 5 5s 0d and the WRB Westfield 4 19s 6d Post war the only model available was designated the Whirlwind which offered a choice of wheelbase and the production of which ceased in 1952 In 1979 the rights to produce this frame were bought by Trevor Jarvis who produced it as the Trevor Jarvis Flying Gate Trevor produced brazed frames which were then fitted with ornamental bi laminated lugs Trevor has now become the Marque Enthusiast for the Veteran Cycle Club and is in the process of updating the Baines register and would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a W R Baines frame or bike including those who may know they are already on the register to contact him or if you know of someone who has Baines would you please let him know or ask them to contact him The more information I have is useful in putting this register together Trevor tells us The W R Baines record books unfortunately were destroyed when the company closed and it is proving difficult to establish a good comprehensive register Frame numbers and any bills of sale or an approximate date for when the frame was purchased through family connections etc would also be most helpful I will look forward to your replies Trevor Jarvis 1 Northwich Cottage Rhyse Lane Tenbury Wells Worc WR158NH Tel 01584 811451 or email jarvistandp at aol com As I am now passed the age of 75 it is time to think about the continued build of the Flying Gate hence a young frame builder Jeremy Cartwright has joined the company to take on the building of the frames and to see that the company T J Cycles progresses I will still continue to build and be involved for as long as it is practical Jeremy is fast learning the trade and doing many restorations of old classic lightweights in a new workshop with new precision frame building jigs large surface table shot blasting cabinet and all the rest of the tools associated with frame building the company will also offer a nickel and chrome plating service for parts as well as for the frames The new address and contact numbers will be announced shortly but will be updated on the web site www tjcycles co uk in the mean time the above address can still be used and details of current production are on the website 27 December 2009 1938 Baines Gate VS 37 complete with period components It is fitted with Highgate Bars a swan neck stem and a headclip headset Chater chainset Chater tommy bar pedals Wheels are Tabucchi sprints on Chater hubs At the moment the brake is an out of period Universal with

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  • Edoardo Bianchi - the early years
    to the original soon followed In 1888 the expanding Bianchi firm moved to Via Bertani Also in that year Edoardo applied John Boyd Dunlop s idea to fit an air filled rubber tyre Five years later a new factory was open in Via Borghetto Around this time Edoardo was summoned to the royal court to teach Queen Margherita the art of cycling Lessons were given in the park of the royal villa at Monza using a special Bianchi featuring a crystal chainguard Other titled ladies followed the Duchesses of Aosta and Genova Queen of Napoli and Princess of Portugal King Umberto decided in 1895 to appoint Bianchi as official suppliers by Appointment to the Royal Court This distinction entitled Bianchi to make use of the coat of arms of the royal house of Savoy More awards followed at the trade fairs at Rome Bologna and Milan and the Exposition International du Salon de Cycles in Paris Cycling had arrived The newly founded Italian Touring Club organised trips out into the countryside and the new sport of cycle racing soon followed Bianchi naturally soon made a name for itself All the same Edoardo would never turn his back on the bicycle in spite of developing motorised versions which ultimately became motor cycles and automobiles Giovanni Tommaselli caught Bianchi s eye in 1897 when he won the Italian championship riding a Prinetti e Stucchi on the track at Alessandria Tommaselli was immediatedly hired and competed in the 1899 Paris Grand Prix Edoardo who was a good scout hit the bullseye here too In what was considered the World Championship of track racing Tommaselli won the admiration of the Parisian public as he held off an extremely strong field to win The Italian cyclist s French success was to have an extremely positive effect across the board Apart from bringing Bianchi international prestige Tommaselli s feat sent the sales curve shooting upwards He later became one of the firm s top financial managers The cycling team went from strength to strength in their sky blue and white colours winning the Giro d Italia Italian Championship Rome Naples Rome etc These early riders included Galetti Oriani Pavesi Azzini Sivocce Cervi Agostini and Bruschera all under manager Erminio Cavedini Other great wins included Rossignoli who in June 1906 covered the 181 kms from Milano to Torino in 4 hrs 47 22 Gerbi won the 340 km National Endurance Race on 23rd July 1905 and Cuniolo covered 176 kms in 6 hrs 35 34 to win the King s Cup on 1st Oct 1905 The faithful team manager played major roles in the company for over 50 years The motor racing team was also very successful One of the drivers was Alfieri Maserati later to build his own racing cars In 1912 the bicycle catalogue contained 14 different models for ladies children priests and gentlemen Prices were from 185 lire to 460 lire By the end of 1907 a new factory was needed to cope withthe

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  • The Bianchi Paris-Roubaix
    or as a frameset in two sizes 22 57cm and 23 59cm However because these measurements were taken from the centre the bottom bracket to the top of a tall seat lug the frames were in reality smaller than stated in the literature Centre to centre the larger frame measures 57cm on both the seat tube and top tube The wheelbase depended on which gear was engaged although on average it is around 41 This would be much shorter in low gear when the splined rear axle moved forward along the 19 teeth to engage the largest sprocket The literature stated that the rear ends could be used in the same manner as any normal forward dropout but many had the teeth filed off to accommodate a standard hollow axle with a quick release mechanism In common with Italian bicycle makers such as Cinelli the seat tube on the Bianchi was sleeved for extra strength that required an unusually small seat pin 25mm in diameter The frame set with its distinctive integral head set was offered with the unique Bianchi steel chainset with three B cut outs in the chain wheel image below right This was supplied with either a 48 toothed 1 8 or a 49 toothed 3 32 ring The complete bike came with Bianchi steel bars and stem made by Cinelli Aquilla sic saddle Universal brakes type 51 Nisi rims on Bianchi hubs made by FB or Campag shod with Pirelli Gran Premio tubulars A four speed freewheel by Regina was specified but five speed versions were known about All machines imported by Matt Newton have six figure numbers stamped at the front of the seat tube lug and begin with 286 or 288 The bicycle illustrated has a Magistroni double chainset with early Simplex Competition front

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  • Classic lightweights template
    where it stood next to the then existing shop Even my mother knows nothing about it so it must have been demolished before the War or destroyed during it It was very small Not only did the shop deal in bikes it also had a great smell of paraffin for they maintained all the Hurricane Lamps for the market stalls Percy Barnard was known to the stallholders as The Lamplighter In the early days of Brixton Market before the days of communal electric light Percy lent one of the traders an acetelyne lamp this was so successful that before long he was hiring some 300 lamps to the traders 1932 Blanchard lamp Dad used to store them maintain them and light them for the stallholders in Brixton market Some stalls had electric lights When the shop closed a few kept their oil lamps and looked after them themselves but most went over to electric lighting I can remember dad carrying me in the seat on the back of his bike until I was too big to fit I suppose I spent a lot of time in the shop going to Brixton on the No 2 bus on a Saturday and serving paraffin from the big tank in the workshop There was another big tank and a small tank in the yard with a hand pump on the wall When both tanks were empty a tanker would deliver 500 gallons to fill them up again I can remember so many details the socket on the wall behind the counter where dad would test light bulbs to show that they worked before handing them to the customer Atlas used to decorate one of the shop windows to advertise their light bulbs the other window was full of cycle parts There was a little panel beside the counter for testing cycle lamp and torch bulbs and batteries I started to learn about electricity using that I can remember the oil lamps that they used to maintain and light for the stall holders I used to take trips to the city to take the frames to be sand blasted I have always looked out for a Barnard bike but I have never seen one I suppose not very many ever came this far north I wonder what happened to all the old Barnard transfers Dad always kept a good supply of other names to put on frames that he repainted I have drawn a plan of the shop see plan below the best I could from memory To the left was the place where Bob and Sid kept their stall as well as their stock washing soda is all I can remember they had sacks of the stuff and weighed it out into 4lb paper bags To the left of that was Kit and Vic s shop it was very small and sold sweets To the left of that was some waste ground Dad showed me the outline of the original shop which was

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  • Bates Cycles 1
    the mid to late 1930s was a period of expansion for Bates cycles and in 1936 the year that Cantiflex frames first became available the frame workshop was making on average 9 or 10 frames every week Racing success continued and demand grew to the extent that in 1938 Bates Brothers opened two new London branches in Barking 212 Ripple Road and Leyton 461 Lea Bridge Road formerly Hetchins cycles A further branch was opened at Grays Essex 67 London Road By this time the frame building workshop at Plaistow still at the old shop premises at 632 Barking Road covered an area of 3000 sq ft At this time Bates Brothers did not sell their cycles through the trade but supplied frames and complete cycles only through their own showroom outlets Bates Brothers were doing very well indeed and became one of the leading London makers of quality lightweight cycles The prices reflected the high quality which was underpinned by a ten year guarantee The Bates empire was growing fast but thoughts of further expansion were soon dispelled by the outbreak of war in 1939 The shops and frame workshop all but closed down during the war years while Horace and Eddie Bates along with most of the workforce were called up for duty Two classic examples of the pre war Bates Left is a 1938 BAR belonging to Eric Saylis who sent the image right a 1939 Ideal Both have chrome head tube and lugs Bates post war boom then bust well almost After the second world war Horace and Eddie recommenced their work running the cycle business Demand was high for lightweight cycles in the mid to late 1940 s Few people could afford cars and a top quality lightweight cycle represented a real status symbol Club racing was seeing a boom period of activity while cycle touring too was on the increase Returning servicemen were eager to spend their demobilisation allowance the thought of a sparkling new lightweight machine must have seemed an exotic yet still affordable luxury after the hardship and misery of the second world war Meeting this demand for lightweights was not easy with the limitations imposed by post war rationing of materials To help meet demand it is reported that some or all of the Vendome frames were contracted out and made in Belgium for a short time Above an early post war Bates BAR 1944 5 and right is a detail showing head lugs and fork crown Eddie Bates decided to split from Bates Brothers in 1947 and to set up on his own with a separate cycle business in his own name of EG Bates For this Eddie used the Plaistow shop at 589 591 Barking Road while Horace retained the other branches The EG Bates machines did not employ Cantiflex tubes or Diadrant forks but were very highly regarded and built to the highest standards in Reynolds 531 They would often feature intricate lugwork to rival the likes of

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