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  • Dressing gowns for cyclists
    through the photographs in Dennis s son s collection I found one of him obviously taken at a later date as he was resplendent in a striped dressing gown The first signed image shows him outside his home holding a cup Dennis in his magnificent boldly patterned dressing gown Crossed over front with striped cord with tassels on end The second image is of Dennis receiving both the Muratti and Vi Tonica Gold Cups at Fallowfield Notice the constable in attendance to make sure no ne er do well slopes off with the trophies More relevent to this piece also notice the be suited gentleman to the left with Dennis s dressing gown under his arm ready to slip on as soon as the prizes were presented The man in plus fours looks as if he lost a fiver and found a pound Slight difference in styles below as the striped gown centre has buttons as well as a fancy cord Nearest camera has the conventional cross over with cord Both have cycling shoes on indicating that they are ready to compete The rider on the left in the plain robe is Bill Bailey he is talking to Sir Walter

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/gowns-comp-pu.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Head badges
    in London that year Straight away I will apologise for the image quality in some cases such as the early Claud Butler this as good as it gets as it is a very rare badge It is very hard to get good images of badges on bikes and most of these are cropped from shots depicting the head tube and lugs when originally taken Some images are small and are reserving a space until I find a larger version Some are very wide these are flat transfers or drawings Some are reproduction transfers some originals If you have a better example of what we show or if you have something we don t have please forward an image to me as a jpg and I can replace the weaker image This page may help those trying to identify a frame with an incomplete badge whilst not ideal as copy for reproduction of a transfer they could give some idea of the layout and colours As I can t remember where all of the badges came from I won t attempt to acknowledge them If they are yours and you could send in a better version for this page please do so in order to improve the stock Badges are displayed alphabetically Page One Allin to Hayson Page Two Hetchins to Paris Page Three Parkes to Willer Page Four Brooches down tube transfers and component badges Early metal Allin Allin Cycles Argyle Cycles Ltd Armstrong John Atkins P Barnard 1939 Bates J Berry early J Berry later version Early Bianchi Bianchi A E Boult L H Brookes Jim Broome Ellis Briggs Owen Bryars BSA Buckley Carpenter Carpenter G V Chapman Cinelli Early Claud Butler Claud Butler Condor early Condor Joe Cooke J J Cooper Coppi Dawes 1960 Dave Davey Fred Dean

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/badges.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Holdsworth Trike conversion set
    in Cycling magazine and he gave a positive review but noted the long wheelbase Interestingly the machine featured derailleur gears The conversion set advertised in 1939 Although the initial design of the Holdsworth trike conversion was generally well received it was not taken up by the racing fraternity because of the fairly long wheelbase compared to purpose built trikes which made it less agile As a result Bill Rann redesigned the Holdsworth conversion so that it shortened the wheelbase by about 1 5in and lowered the rear of the machine by about an inch The revised version was on sale in the late 1930s and by 1939 its racing successes were mentioned in the Holdsworth sales catalogue It also stated that the conversion with sprints and tubs added just 7lb to the weight of a solo machine It could be supplied for fixed wheel single freewheel or for multiple freewheel and could be supplied in any colour enamel or lustre The cost was now 6 10s with sprints or 6 2s 6p with pressures After the war Holdsworth restarted frame production with a limited range but the trike conversion kit did eventually make an appearance The first catalogue was in 1951 now listed at 12 10s and here it was pictured in a slightly different style Before the war the two halves of the axle were linked by an angular fabrication of steel tubes but on this later version the left and right side were linked by a single U shaped tube all fillet brazed This was a far more elegant design and this style remained until the end of production For 1952 Holdsworth had standardised the colour to gold lustre enamel other colours to order at extra cost In the 1955 catalogue it was stated that two brakes were now required by law for a free wheeled tricycle and a rear hub brake was available at extra cost It is worth noting that Holdsworth at this time were advertising complete tricycle frames using a similar axle design to their conversion kit This trike model must be quite a rarity By 1961 the trike conversion cost 13 7s 6d and it now came in a standard white finish instead of gold This remained the standard colour for the remainder of the production life Cost options included a gear hanger mudguards and stays and a choice of colours No other significant changes were made and the last catalogue to include the tricycle conversion was published in 1972 It was mentioned in the 1975 catalogue that the production of Holdsworth tricycle kits was temporarily discontinued but in fact no more were ever produced Note Much of the information used from Holdsworth catalogues was sourced from Norman Kilgariff s Holdsworth site Peter Underwood adds Many people trying to ride a trike for the first time soon come to grief as the trike veers off usually to the left in spite of frantic attempts to make it go straight There is a simple reason

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/trike-conversion-components.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Hub sections and CAD
    of hubs sectioned by Amir in his quest for more hub knowledge Amir has kindly allowed us to reproduce the images of his work here and I thought that they would give an idea of the detail used by manufacturers such as the British Hub Company among others In response Curtis offered some of his CAD images of Airlites and they are shown below The CAD renderings were made from

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/airlite-section-cad.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Lytaloy components
    at a time when the use of alloy was to some extent quite experimental and especially the cranks were soon known for being rather fragile Below is an advert from the programme of the RTTC Champions Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in November of 1946 The advertising would have been commissioned several months earlier but it gives some idea of dates for post war production Below are some of the components marketed by Hobbs Pedals the most obvious of the Lytaloy range with H B Hobbs of Barbican Above Component parts of the Lytaloy headset Left Lytaloy headset as assembled for fitting Lytaloy headset regarded as a quality component by many builders The very rare Lytaloy brakes with QR and cable adjustors Lytaloy cranks mounted on a classic lightweight Sadly these were Hobbs achilles heel as the cranks were prone to breaking and it is rare to come across a pair In this early post war period there was some suspicion about the use of alloy for componentry and cranks did seem to be the base of much misgiving Below Lytaloy technical sheets click on image for specification Images Peter Lowry Marque Enthusiast Below are three images of two

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/lytaloy-components.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Odds and sods
    fuzzy image To counter this certain component companies manufactured mounting brackets for cameras secured to the bike to act as a tripod substitute Here are two examples from Nigel Scott Cyclo Photo camera bracket that clamps around the handlebars You unscrew the domed sleeve with the name on it and that allows the stem to be rotated The thread is still the same one as screws into the Nikon digital I took this image with The clamp normally pivots at right angles on the bolt Identical band and bracket with this circular plate attached You can pull down the knurled knob against a spring under the round plate though what this achieves and how its used I have no idea But the clamp etc is clearly same manufacture so assume it s for a different camera mount Terry s spring pump clips are clipped onto any tube of the frame and the opposite side of the clip allows a pump to be pushed in against the spring and is then securely held into place Easily adjusted for any pump length If you have a gappy frame with a lot of clearance between the rear wheel and seat tube the pump can help to camouflage the gap Can also be used to attach a Pennine CO2 pump to the frame or clipped to the stem with a torch where the pump would normally be to provide a front light Bernard ex Blackpool RC Cyclo brake cable clips usually used in threes to secure the rear brake cable along the top tube Try covering the inside of the clip with a contact glue allowed to harden overnight This will avoid the clips digging into the paintwork It is easy to drop and lose one of the small nuts as they are fiddly to fit onto the bolt Cyclo saddlebag clips clamp onto the rail of the saddle to allow you to fix a saddlebag to a saddle with no inbuilt loops Another fiddly job with a good chance of dropping the nut Bates mudguard stay bolts with round head Most Bates apart from track frames have bosses on front forks and seat stays which take these special bolts for the mudguard stays Check them from time to time as they can work loose They are still available from cantiflex aol com The Odds and Sods quiz item what is this Answer at bottom of page Hobbs Litaloy pedal We are into components here and bonus points are awarded if you manage to source accessories marketed by the builder of your frame Here are the Litaloy pedals with H B plates from Hobbs of Barbican T A cable guide alloy plate which is secured by the stem bolt on top of stem The cables are held neatly by the two grummets These Cyclo Rosa pieces are bolted into the rear ends to act as wheel locater to ensure the wheel returns to the same position after removal for maintenance or a puncture In

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/odds&sods.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Pennine Catalogue acessories
    components Classic frame builders Classic designs Restoration Classic riders Reminiscences Photo Gallery Ride calendar Links to related sites Pennine Racing Cycle Accessories A catalogue from Derek Brown issued by the Pennine Cycle Accessory Co listing the racing man s accessories

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/pennine-accessories-comp.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Pennine CO2 Pump
    inclined to perish as can be seen from some of the images above It is possible to replace this with a piece of 5mm plastic piping used amongst other things for aquariums It is available at model shops some hardware stores and garden centres which have an aquatic centre The piping will be a very tight fit so try squirting the handle end with hairspray and then forcing the piping on before it sets This has been done to the pump on the Carpenter although you are only looking at the end Here is the box the pump came in from Mark Stevens David Orr now living in Australia adds some detail to the Pennine pump story He tells us I grew up in Stockport and cycling was my Open Sesame to a world beyond that town I was a Leaguer and along with others formed North Cheshire Velo and we belonged to the Manchester section of the BLRC This was in the 50 s and we saw the start of the Tour of Britain series sponsored by the Daily Express I had a good friend called Roy Mitchell who had a custom built racing frame and light engineering business on Hillgate in Stockport He didn t get enough orders to earn a living building frames so the light engineering side of his business kept him going I used to do drawings for him I was a draughtsman and also do machining part time One of the products I helped make was the Pennine CO2 pump I machined the spiked nozzle that penetrated the CO2 Cylinder used a fly press to close the end of the Aluminium tube before machining the plastic sleeve grooves and the closed end Then punched the L slots for the handle plus all the other operations to final assembly So that is where the pumps were made Roy had served his apprenticeship with L H Brookes in Manchester had a brother Eric who rode as an independent with I think ITP Pools and he Roy also manufactured many parts for the lightweight cycle frame makers A partial list would be cable eyes gear lever bosses seat stay ends built up rear brake bridges Co2 pump bosses drinking bottle bosses and gear cable pulley assemblies He supplied such as Dawes Viking Claud Butler and Pennine Cycles to name just four with these products I have lived in Australia for over 40 years and still ride my EA Boult which has a Roy Mitchell CO2 pump boss but behind the seat tube about three inches below the seat height adjusting bolt brake bridge drinking bottle boss and gear lever boss Chris Hutchinson has stripped his pump as it was gunged up with dirt I acquired a Pennine Pump from fellow Redbridge CC member Alan Dawson It had accumulated the muck from roads and garages over the years so I dismantled it to clean it thoroughly and possibly to replace the rubber seal to the valve neck The

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/pennine-pump.html (2016-02-09)
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