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  • Youngs Marksman cycle
    front and rear open C levers Regina block 15 22 Brakes Mafac Racer Stem Bars GB Alloy Spearpoint stem and Maes bars with TDC J type headset Saddle Bristol Swallow pattern on plain alloy seatpin Extra details Mudguards Apex Swallow Notes The Marksman was the schoolboy entry level racer and was always the cheapest model It was first introduced in 1954 and continued into the late 1960s It was made

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  • Ephgrave cycle
    Trail 2 1 8 Fork blade diameter 7 8 at crown Brake drop front 2 1 8 with sprint rims Brake drop rear 2 7 16 with sprint rims Wheels Fiamme Red Label sprint rims ferrule at valve hole Brevetto Longhi and 27 mm wide tubular tires on 36 40 hole T F Blumfield Duralite large flange hubs with oiler nipples Blumfield blue anodized alloy wheel nuts Fixed 19T cog Lock ring Double butted spokes tied and soldered Chainset Chater Lea 6 1 2 steel cottered crank arms with Chater Lea 48T chainring Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket with Bayliss Wiley No 15 hollow axle Chain 1 8 wide x 1 2 pitch Pedals Chater Lea Sprint with Christophe toe clips Gears 67 single speed fixed Brakes GB Coureur front brake caliper GB Superhood brake lever Stem Bars GB Spearpoint 3 3 4 alloy stem Maes bend 16 1 4 wide alloy handlebar Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Sprinter saddle on 27 2 mm Reynolds alloy seat post Extra details Road path bicycles appeal to me because they combine the performance reliability and durability advantages of a fixed gear with the practicality of mudguard clearances eyelets and brakes It is a class of bicycle that has largely disappeared from the marketplace I have long admired Peter Underwood s 1959 Ephgrave No 1 road path bicycle pictured elsewhere in the CL Readers Bikes section Unfortunately large Ephgrave frames rarely are offered for sale so my wait to own one was long I bought Ephgrave 2577 LE from a dealer Hilary Stone Bill Stevenson frame builder from Olympia Washington inspected repaired and aligned the frame as part of the process he replaced the steerer tube that had been damaged by an over tightened stem Jeff Pinard of Olympia refinished the bike to a high

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  • South Africa Ghost Riders - cycling
    other two concerned are Johnny Warne and Alan Dipple who rode but did not finish 8 Despite this ban van Heerden continued to race in France for a while finishing ninth in the Paris Montargis race in late June 1978 However faced with total exclusion from European amateur races Van Heerden returned to South Africa and in August 1978 he won the national road championship held in Pretoria over 177km in a time of 4 45 4 He was clearly preparing to challenge for final victory in the Rapport Toer in October 1978 However the overall winner of the event proved to be the Portuguese rider Marco Chagas with van Heerden taking the points title for the sixth time Nevertheless van Heerden s European amateur successes had attracted the attention of professional cycling teams and he signed a two year contract with the French professional Peugeot team whose members included Bernard Thévenet 9 It was reported that the Peugeot pro squad would pay van Heerden the equivalent of ZAR600 per month and ZAR80 for every event he completed 10 The scene was thus set for van Heerden to embark on a career as a professional road cyclist in Europe during the 1979 season Alan van Heerden s years as a Peugeot professional in France The Belgian superstar Eddy Merckx had dominated world professional cycling from the mid 1960s through to the mid 1970s On the cusp of 1980 a new generation of pro cyclists appeared on the European scene Thévenet had won his second Tour de France in 1977 but was rapidly succeeded by the new French star Bernard Hinault who claimed the overall race yellow jersey in 1978 and 1979 and then again in 1981 1982 and 1985 In the one day classics the Dutch riders of the TI Raleigh squad were dominant challenged by the Belgian Freddy Maertens and the Italian Francesco Moser Alan van Heerden 11 joined the Peugeot professional team at the start of the 1979 European road season As an ACBB amateur in 1978 he had impressed as a rider with a big engine and a good finishing sprint The Peugeot pro team s plan for 1979 was to use van Heerden as a domestique serving as both a squad workhorse and a lead out man for their top sprinter Michel Laurent Van Heerden achieved several good placings in the early season events in the South of France Riding as a member of the Peugeot team in the Giro d Italia in May 1979 van Heerden escaped with a small group of riders on the Giro s seventh stage at 252km the longest in the race and won the stage in the final sprint Finally he had achieved a victory in a premier European pro event 12 Little was reported back in South Africa of van Heerden s European racing during the remainder of the year but for the first time in its history he did not compete in the Rapport Toer Returning to Europe for the 1980 racing season van Heerden began to contribute a regular column to the South African Cyclist on his European racing experiences He reported that the Peugeot pro squad for 1980 had nineteen riders Fourteen were French while there were three other English speakers Phil Anderson Australian and the Britons Graeham Jones and Robert Millar The team leaders were the Dutchman Hennie Kuiper 1975 world pro road champion and the French roadman sprinter Michel Laurent In recent years the Peugeot squad had been overshadowed by Hinault s Renault team and planned to make amends in 1980 The Peugeot team riders were active in the 1980 early season races in the South of France Van Heerden finished eleventh in the 120km Grand Prix St Raphaël contested by 140 riders and he had stage placings in the Tour of the Mediterranean This race was won overall by the Dutch TI Raleigh rider and 1978 world road champion Gerrie Knetemann In the first major stage race of the year Paris Nice the Peugeot team triumphed with team leader Gilbert Duclos Lassalle winning the event However in his May 1980 column in the South African Cyclist van Heerden reported that because he was a South African national he was continuing to experience problems in obtaining a UCI professional racing licence Only intervention by the Peugeot management served to resolve the problem for the remainder of 1980 Van Heerden competed in the early season classics with mixed results In the Het Volk he finished 28th and together with Robbie McIntosh he started in the 265km Ghent Wevelgem classic but fell badly and was taken to hospital He started in the Paris Roubaix but retired after 168km Francesco Moser of Italy won the race while Peugeot s Duclos Lassalle finished second The 1980 Liege Bastogne Liege was held in a snow storm and van Heerden retired along with 120 of the 192 starters Bernard Hinault won the event from van Heerden s team mate Hennie Kuiper In his June 1980 column in the South African Cyclist 13 van Heerden wrote First of all I would like to explain why I don t finish some of these races as I think a lot of the readers do not understand what my job is once the race starts I have to follow all breaks and if I get away ride as hard as possible with the bunch that breaks this makes the big boys in the Peleton also ride hard to bring us back tires them and so that at the end it s much easier for riders like Kuiper Laurent of Peugeot to attack I also do a lot of pushing up the hills and pass wheels if a top rider in our team punctures and our team car is not near Of course I get my chance in smaller races the classics are hell 250 270kms long at average speeds of 40 45kph Lots of wind small road falls bad weather punctures so I can assure you all that after a race one feels completely drained The Het Volk was 265km and 6 cobble climbs most of these on foot as it is impossible to ride up unless you hit the hill in the first five because there is nearly always a fall at the bottom of the hills and what a sight it is to see 30 or so riders on top of one another This event was won by Michael Pollentier followed by Moser and Jan Raas I was placed 28th out of a field of 230 starters which I think is a reasonable performance Van Heerden obviously found the European professional road racing scene to be entirely different to anything he had experienced in amateur road racing as it then existed in South Africa In one of his columns he wrote I am still trying to get used to the sprint finishes pushing pulling and switching all the time and coming off at 65kph is no joke 14 Moreover it is clear that he remained a domestique in the 1980 Peugeot squad despite his achievements in 1979 Realistically there was little value to the Peugeot brand in Europe at that time in having a South African as a team leader of their squad Nevertheless back in 1979 when he first signed for Peugeot van Heerden had been promised that he would succeed the aging Michel Laurent as the team s leading sprinter In 1980 van Heerden also raced in Britain for as he wrote in his regular monthly column in the South African Cyclist We went to England to ride the longest single day race in Europe the London to Bradford 408km 250 miles Fifty two riders started at 5 30am and included in the field were teams from La Redoute Peugeot Fangio Daf Trucks and all the top British pros including Barry Hoban Sid Barras and Keith Lambert The race started at an easy tempo until the 150km mark and from then we raced hard as there were 12 Primes every 20 to 40km The Peugeot and La Redoute riders joined forces and between them won R8 000 of the R12 000 prize list Jean Michael of La Redoute won from Graham Jones Peugeot and Dick Heirweg Daf Trucks I finished ninth and was very pleased with my performance The race took 11 hours and the weather was ideal Van Heerden s two year professional contract with the Peugeot Europe team extended until the end of 1980 but was not renewed apparently by mutual agreement He received several European pro contract offers for 1981 including one from Herman van Springel s Safir squad but he decided to return permanently to South Africa By the time van Heerden arrived back in his homeland towards the end of 1980 he was a widely travelled 27 year old who had become an established European pro roadman with impressive palmarès But he was not the only South African cyclist to ride in the European pelotons at this time Robbie McIntosh s time as both an amateur and professional cyclist in Belgium In 1977 the Rapport Toer produced its first home grown winner in the form of Robbie McIntosh He was a white English speaking cyclist from the predominantly English speaking province of Natal Without roots in the white Afrikaner community which strongly identified with the event from the Rapport Toer sponsors point of view McIntosh may not have been the ideal first local winner but at least they had the consolation that he was a South African cyclist 16 Robbie McIntosh after winning the 1977 Rapport Toer as he appeared on the cover of the book by Lappe Laubscher 1977 n Droom van n Geel Trui McIntosh subsequently competed in Europe as both an amateur and a professional although the route he took is far from clear During 1978 McIntosh s name disappeared for a period from the results of races in South Africa He was apparently racing as an amateur in Belgium participating in events staged by the Belgian WAOD Wielerbond Aangesloten Openbare Diensten which was a cycling organisation not affiliated to the UCI but rather to the ICF International Cycling Federation WAOD and the ICF confined their activities to organising races for amateurs and veterans with both organisations having strong connections to the Flemish speaking part of Belgium McIntosh returned to South Africa for the 1978 Rapport Tour but was forced to retire during the race due to injury In mid 1979 he once again enjoyed amateur racing in Belgium Finally in 1980 McIntosh signed a two year contract with the Belgian Fangio professional team thus joining van Heerden on the European professional circuit Robbie McIntosh in a South African road race The Fangio team concentrated on contesting the busy summer long programme of events on the Belgian kermesse circuit as well as the early season northern one day classics Ghent Wevelgem Het Volk Fleche Wallone Liege Bastogne Liege Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold It was mainly in these classics that McIntosh and his Fangio team mates who for a time included both the black British cyclist Maurice Burton and the New Zealander Wayne Hildred encountered the leading Continental pro teams and riders of the day consisting of Renault Hinault Peugeot Kuiper GIS Moser Flandria Maertens and TI Raleigh Zoetemelk Raas and Knetemann Writing of the 1981 Amstel Gold event McIntosh observed I raced against Hinault in the Holland Amstel Gold race over 244kms and I could not believe how fast he climbs hills Two or three kicks and he s away off the front 17 Traditionally the local Belgian pro teams which contest the Flemish kermesses are small Team members tend to race as individuals and to form alliances and combines some cutting across team loyalties which are fluid often changing from race to race As McIntosh notes about one such 1981 event On 7 June in the 199km race at Ganshoren Etienne de Wilde Splendor won a sprint finish from Planckaert Splendor and Freddy Maertens Boule d Or I was in the finishing sprint and was placed 8th Van der Perre who won the previous event was 24th There were 101 starters Although I felt very good in this event I was told not to win so was quite content to sprint with the others A lot of this kind of fixing takes place in Pro races over here 18 In similar vein later in the year he wrote My performances over the last few weeks have been good but I have had to drop a race or two after pay offs by the top riders A pay off of 48 000 Belgium Francs is worthwhile 19 While not figuring in the Grand Tours teams like Fangio often participated in smaller stage races both in Belgium and elsewhere In 1981 the Fangio team raced in a small unidentified Spanish stage race McIntosh who finished fourth overall in the event wrote of this My ride in the Spanish tour pleased me and I believe I could have won it when I was away with 8 others including a team mate and I only needed one minute It seemed possible until my manager came up in his car and told me to slow down I asked Why but did not receive an answer 20 At the end of the 1981 European road season McIntosh returned to South Africa to once again participate in the Rapport Toer Apparently he had originally intended to head a Fangio team in the race but this did not materialise Instead he participated as a member of the Aticon Construction team which included Alan van Heerden who had as yet never won the Rapport Toer As matters turned out McIntosh won the event overall for the second time with van Heerden finishing second He triumphed amidst rumours of rivalry and dissention within the Aticon team between McIntosh and van Heerden McIntosh returned to Belgium and the Fangio team in 1982 but at some point during the year he decided to return permanently to South Africa The period during which van Heerden and McIntosh raced as members of professional teams in Europe was over However there were other South African cyclists who were either already seeking to emulate them or planning to do so shortly Alternative routes into European cycling in the 1970s Ernst Ertjies Bezuidenhout was a promising young South African roadman of the 1970s who first sprang to prominence by winning the King of the Mountains title in the 1978 Rapport Toer In 1979 he succeeded in racing in France as an amateur but his route to getting there was very different to that taken previously by Alan van Heerden After the van Heerden affair of 1978 the French cycling authorities were on the alert for South African cyclists attempting to circumvent the international ban Aided by contacts he had established with British cyclists during the 1978 Rapport Toer Bezuidenhout first joined a London club under the assumed name of Ernest Bessenden and obtained an international racing license from the BCF British Cycling Federation He then joined a cycling club in a French provincial town and began competing in French amateur road races While enjoying the intense competition of the French amateur races Bezuidenhout ultimately found the combination of living alone in a foreign country competing under an assumed name bouts of illness and not being fluent in French all too much to bear He returned to South Africa after five months in France Nevertheless the experience obviously bore fruit in that he again won the Rapport Toer King of the Mountains title later in the year 21 Ertjies Bezuidenhout riding in Peugeot colours in South Africa in 1982 At the time other leading South African cyclists were equally keen to follow in the wake of van Heerden McIntosh and Bezuidenhout and try their luck in the European pelotons Two other South African cyclists who settled in Europe as amateurs were Robbie de Villiers who went to Portugal and Mark Beneke who travelled to Italy De Villiers was a teenage fan befriended by the Portuguese team at the 1978 Rapport Toer In January 1979 he moved to Portugal where he joined a junior club and subsequently raced in amateur junior and senior races in both Portugal and Spain with considerable success He adopted the name Robbie Danielle and rode in the Springbok amateur team under this name in the 1982 Rapport Toer finishing in the top ten overall Cycling SA lists Robbie de Villiers as having been awarded national Springbok colours for participating in the Rapport Toer in 1982 1983 and 1984 In March 1980 the South African Cyclist carried an article entitled Mark Beneke to join growing band of South Africans in Europe stating that He will try and make a name for himself with a view to obtaining a pro contract He speaks Italian well and has many friends among the Italian cyclists 22 In 1979 Beneke had unsuccessfully challenged Alan Dipple for victory in the Rapport Toer ending second overall In 1980 he rode the event as a member of the Italian Mum for Men sponsored team and was accused by locals of being unpatriotic Beneke was to remain in Italy for three years before returning to South Africa and winning the Rapport Toer in both 1985 and 1991 Flying racing visits of South African cyclists to Europe In addition to these there were those South African cyclists who went on brief racing trips to Europe They were of several different types Selected SACF amateur teams that travelled to Belgium and invariably raced in WAOD events which were independent of the FIAC UCI Individuals with ancestral claims to citizenship in a European country who raced there while holidaying with relatives Members of the South African Veteran Cycling Association who regularly participated in the annual Veterans World Championships held annually in St Johann Austria All three of these kept an extremely low profile during their

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  • H R Morris cycles
    S F Airlite is temporary Chainset Stronglight Competition cotterless steel cranks custom made 46T chainring Pedals Lyotard Faucheux pedals Christophe clips Binda straps Gears Single speed fixed 46 16 Brakes CLB A L P Competition with Bartali Roi des Grimpeur levers repro Shockstop honkers Stem Bars H R Morris lugged stem original to the frame with unknown alloy bars Saddle Brooks Professional Brooks clip Strata alloy pillar Extra details Bluemels alloy mudguards Bluemels pump I acquired this and another Morris frame a 1963 tricycle frame from their second owner a friend of their first Mr George Arnot who had wanted them to stay together It came to me with the present paint but was originally ordered in dark grey with plated ends The rear triangle had been spread to take gears and I had it returned to its original fixed gear width This is one of HRM s earliest frames under his own name built while he was still at F J Sanders shop but after FJS had died and he had finished the backlog of Sanders frame orders The steering column is marked with Saund in white paint a mis spelt mark by the enamellers a common practice at

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  • Geotge Brooks cycles
    Gears Simplex 543 rear mech with Simplex Competition front rod changer 5 speed Regina freewheel with 15 25 sprockets Brakes GB Courier with Super Hood levers Stem Bars Early GB steel stem with early GB alloy Maes bars Saddle Wrights W3N with plain alloy seatpin Extra details Bluemels Club Special mudguards Notes This was made for Mr T Brady of the Star Cycle Club North London along with a companion frame for his wife They undertook a club continental tour that year that included the assent of Mont Ventoux Unlike his wife s frame and my other George Brooks which have a 41 wheelbase this has a much shorter wheel base for racing purposes obtained by shortening the distance between the BB and fork ends which is only 23 1 8 and makes a touring set up with 27 HP wheels with mudguards more problematic The frame was also made for a Simplex 543 gear It has double cable stops on the right hand chain stay to accommodate the extra cable which gave a positive up shift to higher gears Despite being a racing gear it was chosen because of its ability to deal with a large gear range It

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  • Wilsons of Birmingham
    team frames were orange like Cinelli or Merckx Molteni and Holdsworth with black head and seat tube band Mick Edgeworth John Perks Geoff Bye and John Chance were the team riders and the Wilson they rode was the Italia model Mick Edgeworth won the 1965 Grand Prix de Derval in France on a Birmingham Wilson I always thought that Bill Gameson built their frames Gameson was a Birmingham trade builder who built for lots of the West Midlands lightweight shops Wilsons were agents for Hetchins and other well known makes David Clement who worked for Major Nicholls tells us Major Nichols used to make the frames for Wilson cycles and I used to spray them and put the Wilson transfers on for them Dark Flamboyant red with black panels were his standard colours on the Nervex pro frames The period I was with Major Nichols was from 1958 to 1965 I used to work there every day after school and all day Saturday then later on after Major was badly burned in an accident I went to work for him full time I used to do all the spraying building of stock bikes wheel building and most of the repairs I think Major started to build Wilson frames after Gameson retired In the early sixties Major built frames for numerous shops Paul Wilson provides some extra background information on Wilsons of Birmingham My grandfather JA Wilson started his motorcycle and cycle repair business in about 1919 After WW11 my uncle David Wilson took over and moved the business towards lightweight touring and racing cycles which became successful enough in the 60 s to enable him to sponsor a professional team This was before my time so I cannot add much to what has already been printed previously I do remember

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  • Stuart Purves
    Classic components Classic designs Classic riders Lightweights extras Photo Gallery Readers bikes Reminiscences Restoration Ride calendar Links to related sites Stuart Lightweight Cycles Stuart Purves Submitted by Mick Butler Click on images for larger version The larger version will be

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  • Thanet Silverlight
    C top tube 58cm C C Wheels 700c Cerchi Clement rims on 32 40 Airlite large flange hubs Chainset Chater Lea drumstick round arm cranks with Chater Lea 50T chainring Pedals Chater Lea tommy bar version Gears Single speed fixed 17T Brakes GB Hiduminium front and rear with Shockstops on levers Stem Bars Reynolds steel with Marsh steel bars Saddle Mansfield Eclipse with original curved seat post Extra details Blumels

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