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  • Claud Butler World Championship Path - 1949
    track pedals Gears Single speed fixed Villiers 18T sprocket Brakes GB Hiduminium with Superhood lever Stem Bars Bailey bars on Merkens droopy stem Saddle Brooks B17 cut down Extra details I purchased the frame on eBay with its original paintwork quite damaged in places I decided not to have it repainted but to repair the paintwork where areas of bare metal were exposed The difficulty of course was to find

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  • Claud Butler World Championship Sprint - 1954
    related sites Claud Butler World Championship Sprint 1954 Owned by Pat Curtis Frame World Championship Sprint model Frame No 7524 5411 November 1954 Nervex Professional lugs and Reynolds 531 DB tubing RGF BB shell Wheels Weinmann 27 x 1 HP rims on Exelto hubs with Michelin Road Sprint tyres Chainset TA Professional 5 pin cranks with TA 54T ring on adaptor Pedals Sylvan Track Gears Fixed wheel Brakes Mafac Racer

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  • Readers' Bikes: classic bikes and their details
    Claud Butler Olympic Sprint track bike last year through a member of Macclesfield Wheelers Cycling Club whose godfather was clearing out his garage and getting rid of several vintage bikes It was my initial assumption that I would be acquiring a nondescript old frameset that would make a good fixed wheel project When I went to see if the frame would fit me I thought it was absolutely stunning The bike had hung in his garage for over 40 years and was in mint condition and apart from tubs a saddle bar tape and a front brake was pretty complete and less of a project than I expected The owner told me that he d had her re enamelled soon after he got her possibly second hand and at the same time had the ends of the forks and also the rear track dropouts chromed The orangey red colour seen on the head tube was her original colour scheme He also explained that the sprint wheels had been built by the chap who serviced the legendary Reg Harris s machines I had considered running modern 700c wheels but the sprints seemed sound the spokes were tied and soldered and the Huret wing nuts had such a sartorial elegance that I decided to keep her as I found her Once it was roadworthy I took it for a test ride It was fantastic an average of 30kph over the club s 10 mile time trial course was almost effortless almost I serviced the hubs and the bottom bracket although more out of precaution than necessity All the bearings cups and axle were still in perfect condition as was the grease Until very recently I believed her to be a CB branded Holdsworth as the seat tube sticker has the SE 20

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  • Claud Butler Jubilee - 1953
    and time trialling riding to work even the annual tour of the West Country or the Lakes The ideal machine on which to commence your club activities is how it was described in Claud s 1953 brochure Built from plain gauge 531 tubing with fillet brazed construction this is the Jubilee model introduced in 1953 to mark Claud Butler s 25th year in business Anything else Fillet brazing was a cheap method of building frames at that time because skilled labour cost less than buying lug castings Today the position is reversed and a hand built fillet brazed frame is more expensive than a lugged frame The workmanship on these early Clauds is outstanding and the joints are all beautifully smooth These frames are surprisingly light too lighter than an equivalent lugged frame yet equally strong This one was originally finished in a blue super electro flamboyant finish The flam blue colour coat was sprayed over a polished nickel plated base and then a lacquer coat would have been applied on top an expensive and eye catching finish I opted for a more sober black enamel with white panels adding a final coat of lacquer to give it a shine If you do this yourself using aerosols as I did it s a cheap yet effective way of rejuvenating a frame that may not be worth spending a lot of money to have restored professionally The red Claud Butler script and the down tube chevron decals along with the CB Clapham transfers provide a touch of distinction The only cycle parts worth saving from the original machine were the Weinmann Alesa alloy rims and the Williams C34 chainset I re spoked one of the rims onto a single fixed rear hub and used an early FB large flange for the

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  • Readers' Bikes: classic bikes and their details
    with 3 speed Cyclo Benelux gears I cherished the bike for many years and by about 1958 60 I had saved sixpences in a glass decanter until it was full on emptying it I found I had about 44 which I spent on upgrading my bike so I re built it to the following update Frame Claud Butler Jubilee frame number 5052 548 23 seat tube original finish Wheels Milremo

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  • Claud Butler Avant Coureur Special 1955
    is first assembled by bronze welding after which decorative sleeves are added to the joints which as well as looking attractive also improve the strength of the joint In the 1955 CB brochure this method is claimed to be 25 per cent stronger compared to a conventional brazed joint Bilaminated lug construction was race proven on CB frames used in the World Championships and the Olympic Games after WW2 Whether it is truly the greatest advance in frame building since the evolution of the safety bicycle as claimed by Claud Butler is perhaps over stating the case Although Claud Butler was amongst the first to use bilaminated lug construction Harry Rensch Paris cycles is generally credited as the innovator It is quite possible that Les Ephgrave may have brought with him the technique when he worked for CB after leaving Paris Rensch My own Avant Coureur Special was built from double butted 531 tubing with the top tube the same 1 1 8 section as the down tube This was not uncommon on bronze welded fillet brazed or bilaminated frames especially in the larger sizes and it certainly contributes to a stiffer frame This machine has a particularly responsive feel to it and is very reassuring even on those scarily steep downhill hairpin bends Components worthy of note include the early type Campagnolo Record rear mech This was only made for a few years from 1963 so it s not strictly period correct for this machine but it does look very similar to the Gran Sport with its chromed steel body and cage It copes easily with six gears and fairly wide ratios and this makes it suitable for hilly rides The Allez pedals are quite rare too These were marketed by Holdsworth and are very light being made of

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  • Claud Butler Saxon - 1956
    23 seat tube flamboyant red with chrome lugs and fork ends Lower seat tube is twin tube to bottom bracket Wheels 27 alloy HP rims on Normandy large flange hubs Chainset 3 arm fluted single chainset Pedals Lyotard quill Gears Simplex 5 speed rear with Simplex lever Brakes Alp Competition stirrups and levers Stem Bars Velorama stem and Primo bars Saddle Brooks B17 Left Details of head lugs and fork

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  • Claud Butler Super Torino - c.1967
    pull hanger As a result of a crack the downtube has been replaced adding a pip rather than guides a period option Original colour was purple and gold but this was changed to Italia colour scheme matching the image in the CB catalogue of 1967 Wheels Campag Nuovo Tipo hubs 32 40 laced to Mavic G40 rims temporary I have various period hubs and rims including Weinman wood insert sprint rims but I m damned if I can commit to a combination that makes sense Chainset TA 5pin with Criterium 52 44 rings Stronglight BB and TDC lock ring Pedals Atom quill with button dust caps GB professional SS toe clips original locking nuts with Christophe zefal straps Gears Campag Nuovo Record patent only derailleur and large body cable stop front mech Regina block Brakes Mafac Dural Forge Stem Bars 3 ttt Record and Ambrosio S41 temp I have a Cinelli badged stem that needs new chrome and would like to find a suitable set of bars Headset This is a combination of Brampton TDC new parts that add up to be an excellent abomination To make things worse it has a lock nut of unknown origin Anyway TDC Italia in the re chrome box Saddle New Brooks B17 Champion Special in green how could I resist and Lambert twin bolt Extra details Silca Impero pump and Blumels All Rounder mudguards There are discrepancies in calling this a Super in that it does not have re enforced bridge or integral sloping crown However the advertised upgrade from Torino to Super Torino emphasises chrome bar end shifters option and brazed hanger as well as sloping crown and stronger bridge My inclination is to believe that this is a very early Super As many of you will know this is a clone

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