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Ephgrave No. 1 - 1959

Owned by Peter Underwood

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Image- Horst Friedrichs


Frame 23½"  -  Frame No. LE 3124 (1959) -  No 1 lugs - Finish azure blue with white head and seat tube - lugs lined in gold - round forks - track rear ends - mudguard eyes - pump pegs under top tube - 11" bottom bracket height - 17¼" chainstays - 40¼" wheelbase - 'Lollipops' top of seat stays
Wheels Airlite large flange hubs - 32/40 - rear double fixed - 15/17 double butted spokes - Fiamme sprint  rims - tubular tyres  
Chainset Chater Lea - round (drumstick) cranks - 6½"
Pedals Chater Lea with Christophe toe-clips and Binda straps
Gears Fixed-wheel
Brakes Universal 51 front brake
Stem/Bars GB alloy Spearpoint stem – 4 ½”; GB Alloy Maes with ferrule
Headset Brampton
Saddle Brooks B17 Swallow or B17 Sprinter
Extras Flintcatchers front and rear (with sprints). Drilled lightweight bell.

As a teenage cyclist, one of my 'heroes' was Ralph Large from the nearby Wisbech Wheelers.  Ralph won many opens and club events but always had a friendly smile and a word for other cyclists he met.  Some 13 years ago Patricia and I met another friend from the Wisbech Wheelers who told us that his brother-in-law had an Ephgrave for sale which had belonged to Ralph.  This was just at the time Patricia and I were getting married so I had this, then unrestored, machine as a wedding present.  At the reception after the wedding I just hoped no one would ask to see my present at it was in the shed looking very sorry for itself with paintwork needing restoration and rusty spokes.  We had it restored by C & G at Liverpool in the original colour and the wheels rebuilt with period 15/17g spokes. The rest of the components were either plated or polished.

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Detail of Ephgrave No. 1 lugs
later version with longer spearpoint at front
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Seat stay decoration known as
the lollipop - 1956 onwards
Ephgrave Bridge 3
Seat stay brake bridge with characteristic Ephgrave work

Ephgrave PU RB 1
Front, showing lugs, GB Spearpoint stem and bell
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32 hole Airlite front hub, anodised blue, with 15/17g spokes laced to Fiamme sprint rim
(Image Horst Friedrichs)

Ephgrave PU RB 3 crank
Chater-Lea single chainset with 165mm round cranks
Ephgrave PU RB 4 bell
Drilled time-trial bell