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  • James Fothergill of Liverpool
    At 15 I broke a leg and the bike was stored in a shed One of my old school mates eventually bought it from me and I heard later swapped it for a motorbike I wish I could see the thing now I would pay many a quid to get it back David Parr lived close to Fothergill s and relates A friend has recently acquired a Fothergill frame and as he knew I bought a Fothergill some years ago he told me about your site From 1938 until 1960 I lived in Upper Parliament Street in Liverpool 8 district Fothergill s shop in Smithdown Lane was about 200 yards from my house at weekends there was always a large number of cyclists at the shop which was very busy all day My parents bought me a Fothergill bike when I was thirteen in 1951 2 I ordered it to my own specification and I still have it I gave it to one of my sons about 20 years ago and he changed a number of things like gears and a different chainwheel and hubs Fothergill had a small unit in a factory building in what was the Milner Safe company factory The factory was occupied by a company called Pearsons during the war the building sretched from Smithdown Lane alongside Aigburth Street to Upper Parliament Street Fothergill had a very small unit and the entrance was just like a house door this entrance was more or less oppositethe house where I lived The company Pearsons assembled most of the army lorries sent to the UK from America during the last war as most came into the UK through the Liverpool Docks the factory was only about two miles from the docks There is a web site which might be of interest giving details of the work undertaken by Pearsons during the war When you bought a cycle from Fothergill you could buy one off the shop floor or have it made to your own specification I did the latter He had a wide range of lugs to choose from and you could obviously choose the colour and lining of the frame You then specified the hubs wheels handlebars gears etc so you had a bespoke cycle this was not unusual at the time I think he had his frames painted by C G Finishes Some time ago I considered having the frame repainted as my son had repainted it black when he had it C G Finishes have moved from their original premises but are still in business and still provide an exceptional quality service At the time I was looking to have the frame repainted Fothergill transfers were not available so I did not proceed I now see transfers are available but I do not know if they are available in white and with Liverpool 8 on the headstock transfer Maybe you would knowif this combination is available Fothergill later moved from Smithdown Lane and I think ended

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  • Dave Russell
    the opposite argument I trust this is clear I know Dave died a few years ago and thought I may just straigten this out a bit I also had a Jack Hearne he had a shop in Slough and I bought one of his last bikes shortly after he retired I should have kept them both or at least sold them to a real collector I now have Chas Roberts cycles but would also love a Robin Mather in titanium Tim Bryett writes I was especially interested in the Jack Hearne and Dave Russell pages my cycling career started at the age of 13 or 14 when I joined the Chiltern Road Club and Jack and Jaffa introduced me to the Tuesday chain gang Jack drove a battered old white Ford Cortina with all the windows down shouting instructions and Jaffa motor paced us almost back to the end of the line on his moped he always left a couple of bike lengths for us to close on our own No sooner were we back on than Jack was shouting at us for missing our turns I think it is fair to say it was more often me than us at first I also used the blue tick book credit quite extensively However I was not a star in the making there was no money and very little support at home and I made do with a pretty rubbish bike dreaming of the day I could get on one of the FH Grubbs or Jacks own frames that filled the shop I remember that Jack knew how much everyone owed and what kit there was on everyone s bike and woe betide anyone who bought kit elsewhere especially if it was from Dave Russell The shop was always immaculate and ably staffed by a lady named Joyce who must have had the patience of a saint Although I got on alright with Jack it was never really as a friend and the shop was run exactly in the same manner Later on I think in 1969 or 1970 I started doing a lot with the Windsor Section of the South Bucks CTC where I met Alan and did a bit of time trialling in the racing part of the Section the South Bucks Road Club Just about everyone went to Dave s and I did too firstly to his tiny shop in the indoor Market in Slough and then in Chalvey from 1969 to about 1988 ish and latterly to Twyford this was Peter Hare s old shop Dave also had a workshop cum shop down the bottom of his garden I was an army chef and often in Germany but when I was home I spent a lot of my leave and days off in the shop especially in Chalvey building bikes doing repairs serving behind the counter as well as making the lunch and coffees for people who popped in for something quickly and were still there 5

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  • Don Louis builder
    it as a tatty bare frame was the frame no 1559 on the bottom bracket I bought it from Ian Burgess son of Mick Burgess now sadly passed away stalwart and chairman of Lewes Wanderers CC early last year 2009 He used it on the track at Preston Park and Ian used it in time trials in his junior days Ian couldn t remember what the makers mark was before Mick refurbished the frame with red aerosol Only that they got it from Peter Crowsley now of Edenbridge Eventually I contacted Peter who methodically recorded all his bikes from day one He said the frame was a Don Louis and was originally owned by Ian Jenner followed by John Goldsmith then Graham Orchard before it got to him I found an origional set of varnish fit transfers at H Lloyd Cycles at Penrith and had the frame re sprayed by Dave Crowe at Colourtech Dartford who transformed it as you can see I use the bike now usually on a 66 fixed gear most weeks and it is built with a mix of old and new parts TA cranks and ring Bayliss Wiley Airlite hubs The rest is parts to hand to make it comfortable riding new Brooks team Pro saddle which is slowly becoming comfortable the first time I ve ridden one since the 60 s when riding with the East Surrey Road Club Roger Rivenell from SE Australia on a sudden whim I did a Google on Don Louis and found your site I have a Don Louis road frame I designed on graph paper and had built by Don Louis in mid 1956 My original plan has alas long since disappeared I specified Reynolds 531 double butted tubing forks and stays Nervex Professionnel lugs and all the measurements including fork rake They used Campagnolo front fork ends which created a bit of a problem with the front British Hub Co Airlite QR hub spindles which are slightly thicker than Campagnolo s but some very gentle work with files fixed that problem I still have the original Gem tape on the GB alloy Maës handlebars as well as the GB French brand this time handlebar ends I did have a Cyclo dérailleur the latest model Mark 7 in 1956 but finally replaced it with a Japanese one with the now usual parallelogram action I replace the front dérailleur too but kept the original Cyclo levers on the down tube Apart from the heritage aspect there are brazed Cyclo brackets there I couldn t afford Campagnolo at the time or probably wouldn t have used Cyclo I m glad I did now My frame was built by John who reputedly had come from Gillott I was pleased about that as the other frame builder whose name I ve totally forgotten didn t quite have the technique of blending the spelter which came out of the lugs during brazing into the tubing thus the excess was visible a bit like

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  • Campagnolo twin-bolt seat pin
    that the seatpin is available in sizes 3 4 and 5 I guess this is length although there is no mention of diameter at all in these specifications By 1959 they were offering the pin in alloy in the same sizes at extra cost Paul Gittins has the answer for us Size 3 4 and 5 are the old style diameters roughly corresponding to 26 4 26 8 and 27 2 it seems there were no length options By 1960 two versions of the head were produced the normal one was the 1044 as advertised above 36mm between rails The new 1045 left had narrower rails 22mm spacing for use with a special Competition Campagnolo Brooks saddle with no saddlebag loops weighing 1lb 3ozs made especially for use with this pin Holdsworth states The two leading firms in the world in their own spheres have co operated to produce an ensemble without comparison that allows twice the normal lateral adjustment is lighter and neater The Competition saddle also had double the length of parallel rails 120 instead of 60mm giving twice the fore and aft adjustment Derek Brown points out for us that in the early 60s Campag themselves were listing ten diameter variants and two lengths as shown below Diameters 25 25 8 26 26 2 26 4 26 6 26 8 27 27 2 27 4 and lengths 130 standard and 180 long They also listed two rail widths of 36 and 22 Mark Campbell I thought I would pass along some photographs below to strengthen your presentation of the Brooks B17 Campagnolo saddle that I understand was only produced between 1959 and 1962 approx and the corresponding Campagnolo Gran Sport seat post with the narrow rail fittings at 20mm rather than the 36 on the coventional post

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  • Allin Cycles - Croydon
    Bec and other grounds around London were utilised as competition was centred on the whole London area The grounds at Mogador had an unfortunate experience during the War when a solitary bomb demolished the shed Polo bikes were stored Glenn Bates adds this postscript I was only involved in the last part of the Allin story but the early information sounds the same as I was told by Ching and Stan I joined the shop after John Hutt and Ray Moore had parted it was 1986 I was 16 and just out of school I worked in the workshop and on the shop floor Working alongside among others Cliff Shrubb who did build Allin frames as well as his own I also worked with Ching Allin who still worked two mornings a week building wheels Stan Butler and his wife Ann would also come back and help run the shop when John and Linda went away John was partners with Linda Burrows who also worked in the shop Unfortunately John was taken ill and passed away but before he did John married Linda and she became Linda Hutt After John passed away Linda started working less at the shop and I became more involved in the running of it working on my own lots My brother Paul started working part time with me at the shop until it closed The business was never sold to David Rutter he had a wholesale cycle warehouse selling to the trade in the Thornton Heath area This went bankrupt which is why he moved to Bognor Regis I think he was part of a bike shop called Chain Reaction in the area Do not think in is the same Chain Reaction that is on line David had no other business connections to Allin cycles other than selling us cycle parts and later becoming Linda s new partner Unfortunately Allin cycles ceased trading at the end of February 1998 I had my dates wrong I was at Allin s from 06 1986 to 12 1998 12 great years I then moved to Finch cycles in Reigate another long running cycle shop Allin s did build bicycle polo bikes we had a whole team in Ireland the bikes all came back for re spray when I was at the shop also Cliff Shrubb did build some new ones The shop did have a professional cyclist for a while if I have the name right Mikey Oliver see message below from Michael Oliver rode in the Tour of Britain and the city centre races Three of Glenn s badges Glenn s image of the Allin shopfront at 57 59 Whitehorse Road Michael Merrony from New South Wales Australia writes My father s family lived in Whitehorse Road in the mid 1920s and I guess my father would have been a contemporary of Ching Allin He tells me that he my mother used to ride an Allin tandem my father had made for him This would have been about 1930 before I was born He said it had one of the very early derailleur gears fitted by Ching I bought an Allin cycle myself in Stan Butler s time in about 1949 or 1950 with a fixed wheel I used it for time trialing and club social rides the Redhill Cycling Club I guess I was an average rider but did win the Oxford City RC 50 mile handicap on 25 6 1950 I was 17 yrs at the time with a time of 2 15 My high point in my competitive cycling career I left UK for S Rhodesia Zimbabwe in 1951 took my Allin cycle with me I remember once seeing a game of bicycle polo along with my brother John a game at which our father said Ching Allin was playing Since the last email I ve been speaking to John who also lives in Australia near Melbourne He was quite certain that the game was played at a Coulsdon recreation ground close to our home in Downs Road It was located just off Marlpit Lane with an entrance opposite the junction with Reddown Road He says the year would have been about 1945 46 I m sure one team was the Norwood Paragon team that Allin cycles made bikes for bicycle polo I have a few scanned photos from my cycling days with an Allin cycle but haven t attached them because it s impossible to pick out the maker s name We all rode fixed wheels with usually just a front brake I have a photo of a 1950 or 1951 massed start race at Goodwood Motor Race track and a few are using derailleur gears My brother did an apprenticeship at the Monotype Printing Works at Salfords just south of Redhill in the nearly 1950s I think with changing technology it s been closed down He spoke of one of the apprentices from his time Jack Taylor going to work for Allin cycles as a frame builder Graham Hare from March in Camridgeshire tells us Archibald Henry Allin started a bicycle shop where he also built bicycles in Whitehorse Road Croydon some time before WW2 none of the surviving family members can remember exactly when but certainly by the early thirties If the bicycle that you have seen advertised as built in 1921 is genuine that would be one of the earliest Allin cycles in existence The firm was known as A H Allin and Sons and the two sons were Archibald Edward Allin born 1903 died 1980 and Charles William Allin born 1913 who died in October 2002 Charles William was known as Ching he was definitely not Chinese Both sons were members of The Norwood Paragon Cycle Club and both took part in racing and in the thirties both played bicycle polo for the club team which won the National Championship for several years in succession Naturally they built their own bikes for these events I know that Archie the

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  • Theo Parsons
    to the late Ron Sant Graham Trunks and Richard Dudgdale of Manchester CTC and Jim Boydell of Seamons CC for this biographical information Parsons shop at Brooks s Drive Timperley in Altrincham mid 1950s Image of shop interior at bottom of this page I have a frame which was originally commissioned by Jeff Robinson and ridden by him for both competition use and daily transportation Jeff now lives in Dallas and I met him through a local bike shop I am a native of Dallas and Jeff is originally from the Manchester area He and I are both members of the Seamons Cycling Club Altrincham Sale I bought the bike from Jeff in 2005 Theo Parsons frame with track ends including mudguard eyes road path frame Down tube transfer Head showing modified Nervex Professional lugs twin plate crown and round forks Left is a photograph of Theo on the right with a Mr David Collins and his Parsons David s machine which I was told is the only other Parsons frame besides mine the whereabouts of which is known But see below At the same time that Jim was writing this piece we heard from Phil Staples who also owns a Parsons machine who says It is a Parsons Phil thought it was Thaddeus T hand built with Reynolds 531 tubing made I believe by T Parsons himself some time in the early 1950s in Timperley Cheshire It was made for the man I bought it from and was one of two he had specially built He and his then girlfriend toured all over Europe on them before they got married and eventually gave up cycling They were both beautiful looking cycles with lovely lugs The two cycles stood for a long time in his garage deteriorating as if in a time capsule from the 1950s unused ever since when he and his then wife gave up their passion for cycling until 1980 when he showed them to me I was then a keen cyclist myself and a member of the East Lancs Road Club based near Rochdale and although the two cycles were by that time in a poor state the rubber tyres long since perished the aluminium parts corroded and the paintwork peeling off I was very impressed with them all the same and could not believe how light they were I had never seen a finish like it before Originally the frames had been completely finished in chrome and then covered in a transparent lacquer The one I bought from him was a beautiful deep blue with just parts of the chrome finish left uncovered such as the front and rear forks plus seat tube panels The blue lacquer although by this time very much peeling off still shone when polished giving an insight into its former glory The gears and chain set were Campagnolo the saddle Brooks I was eager to purchase one of the bikes myself and jumped at the chance when he offered one

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  • Bill Gameson cycle builder
    stem Anglo Italian handlebars very wide and deep a Brooks Sprinter saddle Williams C34 cranks with three pin fixing 1 by 1 8 transmission Webb pedals with toe clips and straps maple wood sprints and No 7 Dunlop tubulars These were a tandem tyre with a very large section very heavy with a heavy file tread The total cost was 10 19s 6d Dad had to pay a 2 deposit and 10 a month A promise of delivery was made for about four weeks so that meant April 1938 When the letter came telling me the bike was ready and that Saturday was a suitable day to call for it I was absolutely thrilled However in those days few families had any means of transport and we certainly didn t have a car I told Dad that I would go straight from work Finishing time was 1pm A pal of mine said that he would like to come with me We were both on bikes and the idea was that I would ride my bike and push the new along by my side whilst my pal would ride behind to keep off any traffic In those days cars came along only occasionally not bumper to bumper so it seemed it would not be difficult trailling one bike while riding another Left Another image of Tommy Godwin on his Gameson Here being pushed off by his father at a grass track event All went well for about two miles of the journey but on nearing the Saltley Gas Works a landmark in Birmingham in those days I had to ride up a little rise and drop down the other side But this was over a cobbled section of road much of the city still had long stretches of cobbles I got over the top of the rise all right but on the downside the new bike being quite light and with the tubulars well inflated started to bounce I was holding it by the handlebars and stem It got out of control so I picked the front wheel up off the ground then the whole bike just as I got to a junction where I had to make a right turn Fortunately my pal seeing me in trouble slowed down put his right hand out and slowed any vehicles down On getting around the turn I managed to stop still protecting my bike from damage After I had stopped I sat there trembling thinking of what could have happened to the new machine and me had I lost control My new toy was from now safely cosseted The home we were living in at the time was a large flat over business premises in Lozells Road In fact there were two attic rooms which my father and I had One room was a bedroom and the other was for my use as a home made gym now to house my new silver and chrome Gameson track bike Tommy Godwin has been

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  • ohrt brothers classic cyclists
    tour of Australia Dennis Hearst is working on this cycling history and has come up with the following timeline If you have any information to add please contact us via the website Ernie and my grandmother Florence Potter were married in San Francisco on November 2 1919 They promptly sailed with Hans on the SS Sonoma to Australia on November 11 1919 They had signed a contract to race the 1919 Season austral summer in Australia from arrival late November to April They then sailed to Europe to race a season or two and ended up staying until after my aunt was born in February 1925 So the photos above were used to promote their upcoming arrival in Australia so would be published in early Fall of 1919 it was probably taken in New Jersey or San Francisco when Ernie was 26 although he turned 27 on October 25 1919 shortly before departing for Oz We are still piecing together their itinerary but we have found out the following Ernie and Hans raced in San Francisco starting as early as 1906 in youth events then raced at Newark and other cities in the US as amateurs starting in 1912 Ernie went pro after the 1914 season and Hans after the 1915 season Hans won the US National Amateur track championship in 1915 Ernie and Hans did pro track racing in Europe from summer 1919 through Fall 1925 often pairing as a six day team Ernie did more long road races than Hans and won events in Italy Belgium and France in that period Hans won a World s pro track title in 1918 Being at the end of WWI this was in the US and we suppose a thin field short on Europeans Ernie was the coach of the US

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