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  • H R Morris cycle builder
    the machine build in memory of Dick Here we are able to show you the superb craftsmanship in these lugs before they are built into a frame and it proves that Dick lost none of his skills in his later years The frame is being built by Kevin Sayles at Woodrup Cycles and a visual record can be found here at http www flickr com photos kevin sayles bikes Click

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  • Sid Mottram Cycles
    business grew steadily and after nine years they moved into larger premises in Narborough Road Leicester on the corner of Wolverton Road Even today the name Mottram Cycles can be seen on the Wolverton Road side of the shop The early Mottram prototype frames were built by Holdsworth but the production frames were built for them by Wally Green of Hendon who produced them until 1955 when he retired From this date onwards the Mottram frames came from Mercian Cycles at Derby The frame transfers were designed by Dick Swann who was employed for a while at Sid Mottram Cycles One design had the name in block letters and the other was script in the form of a signature In 1960 Sid Mottram advertised five frames in order of price Pista 15 0 0 All Rounder Pathfinder Anglo Europa and Velo Kermesse from shops in Narborough Road and Loughborough Road Leicester Built by Experts Ridden by Champions with a Pay As You Pedal plan As the business grew Mottrams formed a successful racing team of independent riders in the 50s notable names included Alan Blaydon Owen Blower Jim Grieves and Jim Hendry The team was equipped with very smart machines painted in the team colours does anyone know what the colours were but by the 70s full time professional teams came on the scene and several of the best riders absconded to these resuling in the Sid Mottram Racing team being disbanded The shop stuck to its policy of selling lightweights but it was becoming increasingly difficult to compete with rivals selling cheaper imported off road bikes Sid s health started to deteriorate after a car accident and sadly he and Gwen passed away in 1982 Their daughters Dianne and Judith ran the shop for the next three years in

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  • Nelson Cycles - Holland
    and 5 Old Kent Road was on the corner of Astley Street now long gone but a stones throw away from one of the areas most famous public houses The Lord Nelson that was on the opposite side of the street It seems likely that the Nelson Cycle Company owed its conception to this association Much of The Old Kent Road has been demolished and redeveloped over the years and nothing now remains of the shop premises on that side of the street This redevelopment may have forced the firm to look for other premises and a pair of shops with flats above at 131 and 3 High Street West Wickham came up for sale which they purchased Paul was told by Ernie Witcomb that they too were interested in moving to this site but the price was too high as it included the flats above the shop The business was run by E W and his son but according to Paul his son died unexpectedly leaving his father to soldier on alone Finally the premises were sold to a motorcycle dealership in the early 1970s Seeing pictures sent to me of Paul s bike and examining a frame from the early 1950s that I acquired recently there is little doubt in my mind that they were built on the premises They clearly had their own design ideas Despite being made in Reynolds 531 butted tubing and having brazings for the then modern Simplex gears as well as conventional geometry for the time the early 50s frame uses split pins for cable stops and has a very long fork rake that gives the frame an extraordinary wheel base of 43 The fork crown has a decorative polished metal cover not seen on any other lightweight but common on mainstream roadsters

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  • Nervex Professional lugs
    profiled to produce a simple curve A future for Nervex Pro lugs Although the Nervex Professional lugset has been out of production for many years now its status can be judged by the fact that in the USA production of an almost identical lug the Newvex lugset with a name so similar you have to look twice to see the difference seems to be heading for success It is not identical however as it has been designed for oversized tubing and also has an 18mm projection at the top of the head lug New unused sets of the original French made Nervex Pro lugsets occasionally resurface from the depths of old workshops and sheds from time to time so frames are still being built today with these lugs more than fifty years after they were first produced It is a lugset that has stood the test of time and few would argue that it looks as attractive today as it did back in the days when the Continental stars were winning races on Nervex Pro eqipped machines in the 1950s Technical Jottings on Nervex lugs By Peter Brueggeman Some useful terms For Nervex lugs the feature cut of a lug or lug set refers to the head lugs and is seen at the front and sides of the head lugs on the head tube The nozzle cut of a lug or lug set is seen where the down tube top tube and seat tube enter a lug whether head lug bottom bracket or seat lug From an October 1958 Nervex catalogue from Evian GB Ltd To reference the model of lug set select the feature cut and this will form the first part of the reference Select the nozzle cut and this will be the second part of the reference Thus lugs required with feature cut number 83 and nozzle cut number 172 will reference as Model 83 172 The feature cut pattern is seen on the front of the head lugs and the nozzle cut pattern is seen on the seat lug bottom bracket and the downtube and toptube ends of the head lugs The Nervex Professional lug set is referenced as model 49 162 with Pattern 49 and Pattern 162 exclusive to the Professional lug set In this 1958 catalogue Nervex Professional feature cut Pattern 49 is comprised of the familiar fishtail shape at the front of the head lugs and the familiar side profile of the head lugs Nervex Professional nozzle cut Pattern 162 is the familiar profile on the downtube and toptube ends of the head lugs and on the bottom bracket and seat lug Serie Legere lugs were available in stock with several nozzle and feature cut combinations and customized combinations from many nozzle and feature cuts were available on request Serie Legere lugs were available for a ladies model frame This catalogue doesn t discuss the manufacture details of the Serie Legere lugs but it does mention some manufacture details of the Professional lugs One could assume by this omission that the Legere lugs lack these manufacture details noted for the Professional For the Professional lugs the catalogue says they are made to close tolerances and re inforced at the bends and around the rim of the head lugs for increased strength the feature cuts are thinned out In this catalogue the Professional lug set is shown with two different feature cut fork crowns One is a Professional Racing Feature Cut No 5 fork crown right it is noted in text as having a narrow head and being for oval fork blades This fork crown is sixty millimeters between the fork blades The other is a D B Randonneur Feature Cut No 7 left Sport and Tourist fork crown it is noted in text as Ballon wide head and being for oval fork blades The Sport version of the Feature Cut No 7 fork crown is also sixty millimeters between fork blades but the Tourist version of the Feature Cut No 7 fork crown is 68 millimeters between the fork blades seemingly for wider tyre and or mudguard clearance It is assumed from the use of the word Professional that the Professional Racing Feature Cut No 5 fork crown is exclusive to the Professional lug set The D B Randonneur Feature Cut No 7 fork crown is displayed among several fork crown patterns in this catalogue and it is assumed that it is not exclusive to the Professional lug set due to the lack of the word Professional and its Sport and Tourist designation The Professional lug set is made for Gents frames only for English and French tubing sizes and in four frame design angles No 1 with top angle 75 degrees and bottom angle 58 degrees No 2 with top angle 75 degrees and bottom angle 59 degrees 30 minutes No 3 with top angle 72 degrees and bottom angle 61 degrees No 4 with top angle 72 degrees and bottom angle 59 degrees 30 minutes A Nervex Professional lug set came with a Nervex Professional frame transfer Building a frame with the Nervex lugs by Norris Lockley including some history of the origins I am was a framebuilder and I still do have several full sets of these lugs in stock so I am always interested in seeing what other builders think of them and how they have adapted them This article is sent to add a little bit of the historical background to the company and the development of the Series Mk1 and II of the Nervex Pro set In the late 40s and early 50s most British framebuilders relied upon cast lugs with which to build their frames These could be from English manufacturers such as Vaughan Davis Brampton Chater Lea etc or from European manufacturers such as Aerts or EKLA As the European economy picked up after WWII supplies of more modern lugs started to be imported most of which were made from precision pressings of mild steel

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  • Walt Ormsby
    was Oscar 2 Jimmy visited Walt at the shop many times after he became famous He always used to ring up first to tell him when he would be arriving to give Walt the opportunity to put a board outside the shop announcing his visit and maybe get a few customers and a little publicity but typically Walt never bothered to do it it wasn t his style Walt built frames some for riders in local clubs both the Burley Touring club and the Westfield club of which he was a member 4 He joined the Westfield which celebrated its centenary recently on 5th March 1923 and was a member at least until the 60 s During some of that time he served on the committee 1 Walt s shop had two cellars The front one contained a lathe and the back cellar was where the frame building was done Behind the shop was a wooden garage in which Walt sprayed the frames He made both lugged and welded frames which were built from 531 tubing on jigs In the early days he started out by making lugged frames which were brazed in a coal gas fired hearth and later moved on to making welded frames 6 He seems to have built most types of cycles at least two recumbents tricycles he rode a trike himself a trailer and tandems 5 He built a small framed child size tandem which his children rode about on He also built specialist machines for disabled riders which he designed himself One of them was a two wheels at the front tricycle with coaster brake that was steered by the shoulders This for a rider with no hands left Son Maurice on one of Walt s tricycle recumbents My own interest in Walt Ormsby came about when in May 2007 I bought the remains of a machine with a Holdsworth trike conversion attached News and Views were good enough to publish a request in N V 321 35 for information about the frame My frame has Walt Ormsby stamped under the bottom bracket and the number 127 It would originally have had Walt Ormsby transfers too 2 Dating it is difficult It has Williams cranks with the date codes for 1960 61 but the separate mudguard eyes make it look early fifties Two people have said that initially at least the frames were rather suspect and that the first one broke My frame image on right is lugless and welded Note it is welded and not fillet brazed Welding produces small stringy beads at the joins which even when dressed with a file do not look as tidy as a nice smooth brazed fillet The drop outs are Chater Lea The frame is light bare frame under four pounds and it must be strong it s lasted probably fifty years some of the time attached to a trike conversion It s now built up and rides very nicely Nobody seems to know how many

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  • Paris/Rensch cycles
    old home 133 Stoke Newington Church Street in N16 The first publicity material came out in 1946 using this address The first frames advertised were the top of the line Tour de France See image below and the cheaper clubman aimed Professional Road Racer commonly known as the Professional Demand for these bikes was considerable and to add to this pressure was the commercial success of a new model the Galibier This was a novel single main strut frame model with the prettiest or most handsome take your pick bilaminations at the head and strut joints The Galibier had its detractors and many a fierce argument was had over this style guru s dream machine The unexpected demand for the frames led to development of batch production of the bikes and to fast and furious expansion of the building space Rensch had to take over the next door shop the firm s address now being 129 133 Stoke Newington Church Street The enamelling shop also had its outside refinishing service as an established a market niche and moved to larger premises in Balls Pond Road near to the old Rensch firm s pre war roots By 1948 the PARIS marque had produced an attractive catalogue with some 13 models including four tandems Rensch himself still built frames and there were RENSCH badged bicycles these tended to the more expensive and finely finished models such as the RENSCH Champion du Monde in the range As before all models were supplied as frame only the marquee s loyal enthusiasts were the type who were highly knowledgeable and selective about the components they put on their bicycles Of course supplying a bicycle this way also avoided the swingeing 25 Purchase Tax the post war Government imposed on complete new machines Rensch though personally a friendly and even jovial character was beginning to suffer from diabetes and the pressure of running this whirlwind of a venture must have been an enormous additional strain Those who came after certainly found the lack of sound management techniques surprising and this must have been a major cause of the firm s problems The collapse of the firm in 1952 has been said to be due to cash difficulties and certainly this was the case in a great many firms in the cycle trade at that time in the late 1940 s In the case of PARIS the end was probably made inevitable because Harry also had marital problems and broke up from his wife in late 1951 Harry s marriage break up and his simultaneous departure from the firm meant that a new manager was needed WB Bill Hurlow was asked to manage the frame building side of the business in early 1952 Hurlow worked out of the old PARIS workshops for a period trying to make the PARIS name work However the firm was finally closed in 1953 and formally dissolved in 1955 Rensch never rejoined the cycle industry and died of diabetes related diseases in

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  • Pemberton Arrow
    15 helped out after school and on Saturdays before becoming a full time worker in 1944 Fred returned in 1946 but shortly after this Harold went as a conscript to do his National Service for two years George Lewis came into the shop to help Fred build frames and Harold joined him in 1948 when he returned from National Service After taking a brazing and welding course at Openshaw Technical College Harold started to do some frame building although Fred did the majority of it and took exception to Harold s theoretical knowledge Enamelling was done by David Jenkins in Camp Street Deansgate and after he died by Theo Parsons whose shop was only half a mile away in West Timperley Left 1948 Pemberton Arrow now in the USA details in Readers Bikes Fred retired in 1962 and went to live in Abergele North Wales leaving Harold to continue with the business Running the shop and building frames eventually became too much work George Lewis having left so Harold decided to stop frame building on the premises and find a builder who would produce frames to the same high standards which were a hallmark of Pemberton Arrows Neil Shankland at Macclesfield built a sample frame which passed Fred s scrutiny and so he became the builder of the last twenty four or so Pemberton Arrow frames produced although Malc Cowle says that he built the very last one in about 1983 Right Harold riding a Pemberton Arrow In 1982 Harold had a slight stroke the cycle trade had diminished and so he decided to close the business sell the premises and retire to Abergele close by to his father Thus eighty eight years after starting Pembertons manufacture of the Pemberton Arrow came to an end It had been a remarkable achievement to maintain building such high quality machines for such a long period and to continue in the cycle trade through some very difficult times It is not easy to know how many machines were made very few being for stock as most buyers wanted to have a frame built to their own specification In the boom years before and just after World War II fifty a year was probably the maximum so we can guess that perhaps in total three thousand were made The earliest recorded Pemberton frame that we now know about is frame number 1200 thought to have been built in early 1930 although later frames built by the Pembertons have a six figure frame number indicating the build date So number 520212 the machine which Harold Pemberton owned was built in 1952 on February 12th This is marked under the bottom bracket and behind the fork crown This numbering system whilst allowing us to date the machines very accurately gives us no clue to the quantity being built The Neil Shankland built frames had a single letter and two digit number Sadly following a series of further strokes Harold Pemberton died in October 2003 age 76

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  • Whitaker & Mapplebeck
    Inciclo Vittoria tubulars GB alloy wingnuts Pump Bluemels Tour de France 18 Saddle Brooks B17 Brakes Bulla alloy Pedals Lyotard alloy Chainwheel and cranks Allez Chain x 3 32 Gear Huret Osgear or Simplex 4 speed with Eureka freewheel Bars Strata stem and bars shape to choice Finish Multi colour shaded with contrasting head tube and panel on seat tube lugs lined and double box lining Colours to choice Price 46 13 3 or with Durax cranks and Simplex double chainring and changer 49 19 6 They would similarly build touring machines to order The specification of the finish on these machines demonstrates the Continental influence and shows that W M were building with League riders in mind rather than the more staid Union time triallists who would at this time be clad in black from head to toe so as to be inconspicuous Later in 1960 Pennine listed an Italia frame with the seat stays welded direct to the seat lug Equipped with 5 speed gear and sprints and tubs this machine turned the scales at 19lbs There was also a Grand Primo frame set with the ubiquitous Nervex Professional lugs and Campag ends The Re Della Corsa by now was built with Italian style plain lugs and Campag ends with 72 head and 73 seat tube which gave a slightly shorter top tube Pennine were also marketing the Richmond frame with 72 parallel angles 531 tubing with elaborately cut Prugnat lugs and Benelux Agrati or Campag extra cost ends To complete their range at this time the Nidderdale was produced using Legere lugs and the bottom of the range Marilyn which was only sold as a built up machine Patricia my wife has a 1964 Pennine Richmond 19 road frame No 64041 64041 64 denotes year 041 shows it was 41st built that year This has the 72 x 72 angles with 21 top tube 16 chainstays braze on cable eyes under top tube pump pegs 19 on down tube and a fork lamp boss Agrati front and rear ends Red with white bands 6 on the seat tube and 5 on the down tube a replica of the original finish The Reynolds 531 butted tubing has Prugnat lugs In 1960 the Richmond frame set cost 13 15s but Campagnolo ends were 15s extra Patricia s frame has the decorated seat stay tops with artwork depicting an Alpine scene This work was done on selected frames by Johnny s wife May until sadly she died There is an entry on Peter Southart under Classic Riders covering the years he rode for Pennine Cycles Another strand in the W M Pennine story concerns the Baines Flying Gate One story is that Bill Baines had decided to drop production of the Gate in the 50s when he received an order for six frames from the States He had tubing left in stock but not the facilities to build them up so he sent the tubes to W M Pennine who

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