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  • Hetchins 'Magnum Opus' - 1952
    a friend and was told it was a top of the range Magnum Opus with the most expensive all chrome finish to boot I drove down to Brighton determined to buy it On seeing the bike I was immediately disappointed firstly that it had also been converted into a track bike by the owner and secondly and more importantly it did not have the famous curly stays I even managed to get some money off the asking price for this perceived flaw It was fun finding the correct period components to convert it back into the fast tourer it had been originally Since that time I have been lucky enough to own a few classic lightweight cycles but I have become more fond of this particular bike precisely because of the scarcity of Hetchins Magnum Opus with straight stays It also helps that it rides beautifully Frame 1952 Hetchins MAGNUM OPUS 23 Orthodox Frame No H24700 Unrestored all chrome frame Wheels Dunlop 27 stainless steel rims on Sturmey Archer AM rear hub with Blumfield SF front Chainset Chater Lea on Chater Lea BB Pedals Chater Lea Gears Sturmey Archer AM Brakes GB Hiduminium stirrups with early GB hooded levers Stem

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  • Hetchins Magnum Opus 1953
    I knocked on the door of this unsuspecting man With much surprise this magnificent example was retrieved from the attic but it was definitely not for sale The Features that make it special This machine is special because it has so many interesting period accessories Although not the original finish this paintwork looked just like this in 1976 Note that the original type varnish fix Hetchins transfers have a faded separation between the gold and the red Later transfers have a definite line that s not half so subtle With period finish in this very good state of preservation it has been a pleasure over the years to match it with suitable and useful equipment Let me tell you about some of the interesting features note the superb Bailey drops which on a smaller machines would look too big Often likened for unknown reasons to Jayne Mansfield they are more comfortable than expected Gloria hooked brake levers compliment Mafac centre pull brakes See the VIT bottle cage with rare arched twin mountings The rear changer is a modified Campag Gran sport with a spring in the top as well as the bottom you make these by taking the top assemble from a single roller Campag Sport and affixing it to your GS it of course leaves you with a Campag sport with no chain tension springs jolly good idea this as it eats more chain than the standard GS This is complemented by a Simplex JUY 53 front changer the whole controlled by rare Simplex double down tube levers Chainset is that grand classic the Stronglight 49D with early pattern triple hole dustcovers not the later keyhole type Wheels have hollow alloy Constrictor Asp rims attached to Airlite Continental hubs with Q R skewers The black celluloid mudguards are Bluemels

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  • Hetchins Magnum Opus - 1955
    related sites Hetchins Magnum Opus 1955 Owned by Keith Hellon Frame Hetchins Magnum Opus curly 1955 Frame Number H26179 Seat tube 22 Top tube 22 BB 39 Wheels Mavic 700 sprints on Campagnolo Gran Sport QR hubs Chainset Duprat hollow steel with Simplex double alloy rings Pedals Lotard Quill with Christophe clips Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport 5 speed front and rear with bar end levers Brakes Universal side pull Stem

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  • Readers' Bikes: classic bikes and their details
    Lyotard pedals Ale clips Christophe straps Gears Campag Velox 5 speed rear derailleur and lever Brakes Mafac Racer callipers tandem rear blocks longer with Mafac drilled levers Stem Bars GB Maes bars on Milremo stem Saddle Wrights Olympian saddle on Campag Gran Sport seat post at 27 2 Extra details Flint catchers Apex Inflator Co Ultralite pump Reg bottle holder on bars 2009 L Eroica alloy bottle I rode this

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  • Hetchins 'Magnum Bonum' (Circuit of Britain) - 1957
    Magnum Bonum Circuit of Britain 4 9 1957 Frame No H26784 built by Bob Stratfull seat tube 21 top tube 22 chainstay 17 wheelbase 41 Wheels Fiamme sprint rims on Campagnolo large flange Record hubs with straight QR levers Chainset Stronglight 49D on Campag BB see image below Pedals Barelli platform Gears Campagnolo Nuovo Record front and Record rear Brakes Mafac Dural Forge centre pull Stem Bars Cinelli Cinelli Headset

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  • Hetchins Magnum Bonum 1959
    is black with violet seat tube panel and head tube It has chrome front and rear ends head lugs and fork crown Lugs lined gold Wheels Conloy Asp 27 HP rims on Harden large flange hubs G F 15 17 spokes Continental Tyres and Regina 5 speed block 13 26 Chainset Chater Lea fluted two arm cranks with Chater double 44 38 x 3 32 using Chater converter Chater Lea bottom bracket Pedals Chater Lea with Christophe clips and straps Gears Campag Gran Sport 5 speed rear changer Campag Gran Sport 1005 2 front changer Campag twin levers on down tube frame bosses Brakes Mafac Dural Forge with Mafac hooded levers Stem Bars Titan steel 4 stem Campag headset with bars S Maes M Kint A Schotte 14 Saddle Brooks B17 Swallow Extra details When returned from the restorers C G at Liverpool I realised I had made a mistake in asking for the chromed head lugs to be lined It looked so wrong I painted out the lining where the frame was black and I was able to match the paint The head lining didn t look quite so bad and I left it as it was as it

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  • Hetchins Experto Crede 1961
    hubs Continental Sport tyres Chainset Campag 3 pin with Simplex 42 52 rings Pedals Lyotard Marcel Berthet with AFA toe clips Gears Campag Nuovo Record Brakes MAFAC racer with half hood levers Stem Bars GB stem with GB Tourmalet Map of Britain bars Headset Original unknown make Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Narrow with Campagnolo 2 pin seatpin Notes The frame is a Hetchins Experto Crede dating from 1961 with the typical very attractive lugwork bought from a chap in Portsmouth Framebuilding quality is tip top I think top racing bike customers in England in those days looked very carefully at the quality of build with brazing of lugs and braze ons perfect all over The parts are period as far as possible GB bars and stem are I think are later than 1961 The ride is interesting sporty and responsive on inclines out of the saddle not cumbersome as was an old Claude Butler I once owned from this time and comfortable and relaxed on the flats Len Ingram VCC marque enthusiast wrote about the frame Your frame number is H28286 which is a 22 straight Experto Crede Frame I think it was built by Stan Broom The date of

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  • Hetchins Magnum Bonum straight-stay - 1962
    to related sites Hetchins Magnum Bonum straight stay 1962 Owned by Keith Hellon Frame Hetchins Magnum Bonum straight stay 1962 Frame no H2056 Seat tube 22 Top tube 22 WB 41 Wheels Ambrosio HP 27 rims on Record large flange hubs Chainset Stronglight 3 arm with Zeus 52 48 rings Pedals Campagnolo with GB toeclips Gears Campagnolo Record front and rear Brakes GB 66 centre pull Stem Bars 4 custom

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