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  • Readers' Bikes: classic bikes and their details
    1973 and used to tour Mid Wales at the age of 14 It was stolen soon after I got back from the tour and I never saw it again but it did ignite twin lasting passions for both cycle touring and anything with brass oilers The direct link from that bike to this is that this one also came from the small ads A work colleague s son bought it for 25 to use as a runabout He quickly realised that it was a bit special even though it wasn t looking at it s best having been completely modernised around 1980 and now looking quite tired I was recruited to have a look at it as someone with an interest in bikes having a garage full of them is something of a giveaway I passed the enquiry on to my more knowledgeable next door neighbour VCC member Jim Leach who with the help of other VCC members pieced together the fascinating history of Harold Miles Dickinson a small almost forgotten Liverpool builder from the 1930 s to the 1960 s When Alex the purchaser went off to University the bike was offered to me and I jumped at the chance to restore it to somewhere near its original glory The original paintwork was in fair condition apart from the odd down to the metal gouge here and there so at first I intended to keep it as it was Unfortunately when removing the Shimano gears one of the gear cable bosses on the chain stay just popped off Replacing that meant a complete repaint became necessary faithfully replicating the original paintwork Jim s painstaking detective work proved invaluable in sourcing original transfers from Harold s daughter Valerie who was thrilled to see someone restoring one of her Dad s

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/dickinson-derricott-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Readers' Bikes: classic bikes and their details
    opening track ends with braze on gear hanger Duke s 20th Century Frames were advertised in Cycling Weekly in 1948 49 They said that Duke s had been Cycle Builders Since 1910 They also advertised the Duke Atomic Age of Cycle Constuction stating that there frames were hand built and no jigs were used Their premised were at 6 Boot Street London N1 Most advertisments and references to the firm

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/duke-drake-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • F E Dunning cycle
    with GB alloy Maes ferrule bars Saddle Brooks B17 Competition Standard on domed steel seatpin Extra details Phoenix Ivorette guards Weight 12 4KG 27lbs Appears to be original except for pedals bar wrap which is temporary until trigger position is determined and Kenda gumwall tyres which I m not keen on Paint decals and chrome ends are excellent save the front forks where paint doesn t adhere well on the

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/dunning-foster-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Ellis Briggs - 1947 (ex-Des Robinson)
    Standard Extra details This machine was originally owned by Des Robinson brother of Brian who the first British rider to win a stage in the Tour de France It was given to me by Des and it was restored to original using archive photographs and with help from Des In 1947 he rode this bike to victory in the Bath Road Westerly R C 100 mile time trial He won

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/ellis-briggs-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Ellis Briggs 'special build' - 1951
    damage by the chain Also Simplex rear ends modified by a circular depression to stop the wheel pulling over when using wheelnuts The frame was repainted after the Tour of Britain win to include a special seat tube transfer Frame also has a Pennine CO2 pump braze on boss on rear of seat tube Wheels Fiamme sprints on Airlite SF QR hubs Chainset Stronglight 49C steel cotterless with 5 pin TA rings Pedals Allez Gears Rear Benelux with Simplex Competition front with Cyclo 5 speed block and Brampton chain Brakes Beborex See advert at bottom of page Stem Bars Phillipe alloy bars and stem Saddle Brooks B17 Competition Standard Extra details Vittoria tub carrier mounted on rear of saddle Daily Express Tour of Britain number 78 Above Beborex Brake on Ken s race winning machine Left Special seat tube transfer used on Ellis Briggs machines after Ken s win in the Tour of Britain It shows Ken crossing the line on the final day The story of the 1952 Daily Express Tour of Britain is one of the most remarkable in cycle racing history For 14 days Ken Russell fought a lonely battle against the might of the main British independent teams B S A Dayton Gnutti Sun Wearwell and Viking plus International teams from France Belgium Ireland and other smaller teams As a lone rider from the Ellis Briggs team Ken had to go with every dangerous breakaway on every day His bike never let him down until the final day when first his cotterless chainset became loose and then he punctured the only neutral rider in the break who was no threat to the yellow jersey was the Belgium rider Marcel Michaux and after a desperate plea from Russell they swapped bikes see image of the desperate moment

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/ellis-briggs-kr-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Ellis Briggs - 1969
    some suitable pedals its fitted with Japanese SR at present Gears Zeus Criterium gears Brakes Weinmann levers operating Universal centre pull calipers Stem Bars GB Ventoux bars in a 3ttt Grand Prix special stem Saddle Brooks professional saddle on a Campag 2 bolt seat post Extra details After I had purchased it a phone call to Ellis Briggs revealed that it was made in March 1969 and was originally supplied

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/ellis-briggs-kimberley-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Ellis Briggs 1978
    22 seat tube Reynolds 531 playing card suit on fork tangs Nervex Professional lugs Wheels Arc en Ciel Super Champion rims on Campagnolo Record hubs Chainset TA Professional with 52T single chainring and chain guide Pedals Campagnolo Pista with Campagnolo steel clips Gears Campagnolo Nuovo Record pat 78 date 1978 Brakes Dia Compe stirrups with Campagnolo levers Stem Bars Cinelli Criterium bars and stem Saddle Concor Extra details TA bottle

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/eb-higgitt-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Ephgrave Italia - 1953
    No 1931 LE 1953 21 Reynolds 531 DB tubing Wheels Excelto L F hubs with Mavic 27 x 1 rims Chainset Williams C34 with fluted cranks 48t ring Pedals MKS with Christoph clips and straps Gears Fixed wheel 48 x 19 Brakes Mafac lever Alp stirrups Stem Bars Ambrosio Stem with Giro de Sicilia bars Saddle Unica Extra details Although the Italia was a cheaper model of Ephgrave s it

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/ephgrave-italia-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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