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Claud Butler International Club - 1948

Owned by: Roy Fossett


Claud Butler International Club, 1948 -  frame number 5205;  seat tube 22½", top tube 23"; wheelbase 41½"; seat post diameter 27.2mm. Angles 74/72 degrees. Has pump pegs and cable eyes for brakes and gears
Harden large- flange hubs, 32/40 DB spokes, early serrated Nissi rims. Tubulars
Chainset Milremo road cranks. Cegedur duralium chain wheel
Pedals French stamped Depose which are the originals, Lapize clips and straps.
Gears Single-speed fixed - 48/17 = 76 inch gear
Brakes GB Sport Mk11
Stem/Bars GB
Saddle Brooks Competition Standard - the bikes original
Extra details This was Roy's first racing bike bought from the proceeds of his paper rounds on the Harold hill housing Estates in Romford Essex,in December 1948 from Claud Butlers shop in Harringate. Assembled as funds became available much as photographed today. He raced it in school ten mile time trial events in 1950. With the Buccaneers Cycling Club over ten to fifty miles in 1951 and stripped down in grass track racing
in 1952.

It was also used for touring around East Anglia and the south of England finally seeing service fitted with modern cycle parts as Roy's son Alan's bike. It has been painted only once some forty years ago but to the original colour.

Roy Fossett racing the Claud Butler in June 1950


Original invoice dated 30.12.1948