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Classic Lightweights UK
        Devoted to classic UK and Italian lightweights
 



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Through our site Patricia and I would like to share our enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, classic lightweight cycles, particularly those built in Britain and Italy. Contributions from other lightweight enthusiasts are welcome, including images of machines or components of particular interest.

We are interested in collecting information on UK builders of classic frames, loosely described as frames which could be built to a customer's own specification. We don't have the capacity to include the larger mass-production builders of lightweights, although in a few cases we have included special examples of a builder's production as an example. Our cut-off date is around mid-1970 although we have included a few which have a direct historical link back to the period we cover.

The Readers' Bikes section is there as a guide to owners wishing for advice on components for a period-correct restoration. 

Peter Underwood, email:   peter.underwood5036(at)gmail.com

Please note that I am not able to give advice on restoring bikes, provide any form of valuation, or to identify 'finds'. If you are unable to find the information you need on this site please try some of the other sites listed under Links.   The Google search engine below will help you find information on this site.

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J Ivory index
THE MEN IN BLACK

Jack Ivory  of the Comet Cycling Club taken on 31 March 1940 at the Comet Club Open 25-mile time trial on the E32 course.
Jack is clad in the obligatory black from head to toe 'so as to be inconspicuous'! As well as woollen tights he has
the ubiquitous Alpaca jacket.
He is riding a Leach Marathon frame and unusually for the era he is on gears with a chainstay mounted Cyclo gear.
This will be a pre-war frame with headclip stem (although his stem does have an expander bolt suggesting a later modification),
Chater-Lea chainset and pedals. I would guess 26" sprints with flint catchers and pump secured to the frame
with Terry's spring clips.  Stopwatch mounted on bars.
The equipment on this machine is all top of the range and very up to date for that period.
Image Mick Butler



RECENT ADDITIONS


2019

 8 November
 4 November
23 September
29 August
22 August
11 August
1 July
 1 May
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 4 April
22 March

12 March
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 2 March
25 February

27 January
10 January
  1 January
2018
16 November
16 November
 1 November
23 October
30 August
 1 July
 5 May
30 April
25 April
 2 April
28 February
27 January
 2 January
 1 January

2017
27 December
14 November
12 November
 8 November
 1 November
23 October
23 October
26 September
7 August
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Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 84. November/December has been published on the web site
Classic Components:
A pair of Champion du Monde pedals added to Cyclo Pedals
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 83. September/October has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Cyclo pedals by Stephen Warne
Classic Components: A piece on Strata Engineering by Stephen Warne
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 82. July/August has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 81. May/June has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Robert Braid on early Campagnolo 'first generation' pedals
Classic Components:
A look at early Benelux rear derailleurs by Stephen Warne
Classic Components: Information on steel Stronglight cranks from Stephen Warne
Also help choosing the correct axle for your TA cranks from Bruce Dance
Classic Components: FB (Fratelli Brivio) components by Stephen Warne
Classic Builders:
Information on the South London frame builder Geoffrey Butler from Bryan Clarke
Classic Components: An informative piece on Gnutti by Stephen Warne plus a piece on Gnutti listed in Aids to Happy Cycling.
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 80. March/April has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Information on the rare Brooks Champion Lightweight saddles by Stephen Warne
Classic Builders:
Significent updates to the Johnny Berry page by Alan Woods and Rick Hart
Classic Components:
more information on Simplex Retrofriction levers from Bruce Dance
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 79. January/February has been published on the web site

Classic Builders:
details and images of a very special Les Rigden frame added to the page
Classic Builders:
another image of the rare Rondinella twin-tube frame
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 78. November/December has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Additional information on Simplex Retrofriction levers from Dennis Davis
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 77. September/October has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 76. July/August has been published on the web site
My email (see above on this page) has changed - Peter
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 75. May/June has been published on the web site
Classic Builders: A piece on Hinds, another London builder, by Bryan Clarke
Classic Builders:
Details of an interesting Pat Hanlon added to this page.
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 74. March/April has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Campagnolo instruction leaflet from John Foster added to the Portacatena page
Classic Builders:
Addition to the Jack Hearne page by Paul 'Bun' Chapman.
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 73. January/February has been published on the web site


Restoration:
Hints and Tips: Some tips from Mike Baker.
Restoration: Hints and Tips: A piece on Sturmey ASC  levers by Eddie Wallace.
Classic Builders:
Some additional information on dating of George Brooks frames by Bryan Clarke
Classic Components: Information on Vainqueur 999 brakes added to The Weinmann Story
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 72. November/December has been published on the web site
Classic Builders: an additional piece on Rory O'Brien by David Hull
Catalogues: a Rory O'Brien catalogue from the early 1960's
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 71. September/October has been published on the web site
Classic Builders: Additional material added to Jack Hearne page
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 70. July/August has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 69. May/June has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 68. March/April has been published on the web site