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Allin (Stan Butler Special) - 1954

Owned by: Roger Willoughby

Allin RB 1

Allin RB 5
This is a precious bike with precious memories for me.  I recently had new wheels built using the old hubs and it is great to get back on fixed again after so many years. I belonged to the Addiscombe CC, as did my elder brothers Jack and Ken.

I bought this frame when in 1960 I was 14 from Allins in West Croydon. It was second-hand, six years old and cost me £6.  A complete bike at that time was £20.

Later I rode for Croydon RC.  I had a Croydon-built Jenson which was stolen and two Gillotts, one for track racing at Herne Hill, the other for road racing.

I worked at the time in a local greengrocers from 5-7pm Monday and Tuesday, 5-7.30 Thursdays, 5-10pm on Fridays and all-day Saturday where I was paid £1 for a week's work and Fridays would produce 5 shillings in tips. I gave my mother 5 shillings towards my keep.

With this money I was able to save £1 each week in the Post Office savings account towards my bikes and accessories.

Frame Allin (Stan Butler Special) 1954; built by Ching Allin; seat tube 22"
Wheels French Atom small-flange hubs, 36 hole, with Mavic Open Sport rims
Chainset SR Apex 48 with SR bottom bracket
Pedals Lyotard with Cristophe clips and straps
Gears Single speed fixed
Brakes Mafac Racer front
Stem/Bars GB bars on SR tem
Headset SR
Saddle Brooks Prodessional
Extra details Frame had been resprayed once - by Allin Cycles

Allin RB 2
Allin RB4
Allin RB 3