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  • Thanet Silverlight 1957
    by Maurice Bartle Frame Thanet Silverlight frame no 2037 22 one of last built at Rotrax by Mike Compton Wheels Weinmann rims on large flange QR Maillard hubs Chainset Durax single cottered chainset Pedals Campag with toeclips and straps Gears Campag Gran Sport 5 speed Brakes Centrepull Stem Bars Thanet stem with Maes bars Saddle Brooks B34 Extra details This machine was built for Thanet at the Rotrax factory by

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/silverlight-bartle-rb.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Viking 'SBU' Tracker 1954
    stem Saddle Brooks B17 Sprinter Extra details This is a genuine SBU and is in original finish There are reproduction versions to be found on the market but this one of very few genuine Viking produced models Early models did not have the central stay between chainstay and seatstay needless to say it was very whippy Peter Underwood adds that looking through Cycling s in 1954 I came across details of a Viking track machine known as the Viking S B U Tracker 1954 In the Cycling road test they state SBU Short Wheelbase Underslung design was arrived at after extensive research into lateral and torsional twisting stresses As you can see there are two pairs of chainstays an upper and a lower and the down tube extends down beyond the bottom bracket for an estimated 28cm Viking state that The SBU separates the two stresses and concentrates each at a different point Originally in 1953 this frame only had the lower chainstays but the upper ones were introduced in 1954 it should have been obvious that a big open quadrilateral would be more flexible than a smaller triangle but maybe the idea was to save weight The bottom bracket

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  • Viking Severn Valley -c1962
    Gregson of 213 Blackburn Road Accrington Lancashire has his dealers label on it always a pleasing touch Although the frame is made of Reynolds 531 double butted tubing and has Campag dropouts it has obviously been rigged out with the then new delrin Simplex Prestige gears since new Machine like this were the best money could buy in the early 1960 s it is exactly the sort of machine that doting parents would have bought their son when he passed his 11 plus exams if he was really lucky Note the only cycle this writer ever had new was a very similar green white Carlton Flyer in 1962 The equipment on this machine is quite ordinary for the period only the brake mechanisms are unusual they are Milremo centre pulls imported and made under the Milremo marketing name for Ron Kitchen in Harrogate These are quite rare now I don t know of another pair in this condition The saddle is a brooks B17 Competition Standard the top of the range saddle before the Professional was introduced Anything else Many lightweight cycle collectors seek to collect unusual frames or makes that take there fancy My own collecting taste is very

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/avtviking.html (2016-02-09)
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  • R H Wakefield
    add on of the period apparently The seat tube angle is 73 while the head tube is 74 and the wheelbase is 40 5 The short pump pegs are situated underneath the back of the cross tube and at the base and on top of the down tube positioning the pump close to parrallel with the seat tube Wheels Replacement 27 x 1 25 Rigida Chromage Superchromix from a donor bike The original wheels were Van Shuthorst but were discarded due to their condition Chainset Williams double chainset 50 47 with fluted cranks BB is Bayliss Wiley Pedals Rusty unknowns stainless Christophe clips minus the straps Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport on a 5 speed freewheel hub The front changer is Simplex its limited lateral movement makes precise chainwheel selection a bit hit miss Rubber capped Campagnolo down tube levers Brakes GB Sprite T91 Stem Bars Ambrosio Stem with 11cm reach supporting Ambrosio Champion bars Headset Stronglight Competition headset Saddle B17 Champion Narrow Extra details Front Bluemel Classique mudguard shortened to avoid frequent and risky collision with the rider s toes Vintage French AFA pump This road machine is built by R H Wakefield in his shop at 59 London Road

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  • Waller 'Kingsbury' - 1949
    Ring Pedals Constrictor Boa Gears Super Champion Super Mondial 3 speed 1 8 with TDC 3 speed 1 8 freewheel Brakes GB Hiduminium Stem Bars GB Spearpoint alloy stem with GB alloy bars Saddle Wrights with Birmalux seatpin Extra details Notes Bert Waller made two short wheelbase models of radical design This one The Kingsbury and the other The Kingsland Bert was said have built conventional frames too Scandia chainsets

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  • A F Weaver (The Glade) 1936
    pleasure by acquiring it twice John Malseed found it originally on the death of Archie Weaver s son Brian who was killed whilst racing It originally came with Weaver s own tricycle as well Mervyn Cook owned it for some years in the middle of this period but later sold it back to me The Features that make it special This truly is one of those perfect frames Delicate is the word that best describes the finesse of workmanship shown in this frame It is precision lug filing at its very finest and really is a work of art It has survived with its original finish which is an unusual blue and silver There are numerous chips to the paintwork but it is my intention to do a meticulous touch up job in the near future The single front brake see image below is an early version of the Ambra Superga note the leaf spring in it These were Italian brakes imported into Britain by Tabucchi of East Sheen one of the major Continental cycling equipment importers of the day Note the hand made brake lever held to the bars by a spoke and nipple This machine is a treasure trove of rare and very light components Note the pre war version of Duprat octagon shaped hollow cranks with the makers marks engraved down the rear and hollow BB axle and alloy chainring Image below right It has a matched very light Weaver stem and alloy head clip Below left This cycle reflects the machining capabilities of Archie Weaver It has many unique bolts made of alloy including even the back axle When originally found the rims were 26 Fiamme sprints but Mervyn Cook felt that they were a little too fragile and replaced these with period 26 Constrictor sprints

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  • Webster of Chesterfield 1949
    machine was fitted with Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset very pretty and efficient but well out of period so that was sold to help pay for the period refit of the machine Headbadge on right shows unusual use of nickname It appears Jimmy Webster was a bit of a local celebrity and eccentric in the cycling world His shop appears to have closed in the mid 1980 s It is still a point of conjecture as to how many frames he built When his shop was cleared there were part built frames lugs of all types even pre war and a forge with brazing equipment Frame Frame No E 21041 stamped on left hand side of seat lug 22 seat tube 40 wheelbase brazed construction Frame No E 21041 stamped on left hand side of seat lug frame appears to be nickel plated oversprayed in dark green laquer with white seat panel finished with red white blue stripes lugs lined gold and double box lining Lugs are unusual and I have been told may be of pre war design though post war angles Also the type of head lug is very unusual and few others of the type known Wheels 27

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  • Whitaker & Mapplebeck 'Nidderdale' - 1949
    steel cottered cranks with TA 46 49 double rings Pedals Alloy quill with Christophe clips and straps Gears Huret Tour de France rear Simplex Competition front Brakes GB Coureur Stem Bars GB alloy stem with GB Maes bars Saddle Brooks B17 Competition Standard Extra details I wanted to re create the bike I raced on in the 50 s I couldn t get hold of a JRJ frame so when

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