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Ellis Briggs - 1947   (ex-Des Robinson)

Owned by: Derek Browne

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Ellis Briggs - 1947; 22½" seat tube, 22½" top tube; angles 72º head, 70º seat;
Fiamme sprint rims on Airlite small-flange quick-release hubs
Chainset Durax cranks with Simplex double rings and Simplex 5-speed freewheel
Pedals Lyotard alloy
Gears Simplex Tour de France rear changer, Simplex rod-changer front 
Brakes GB Hiduminium
Stem/Bars Reynolds Pelissier bars on Jack Briggs steel stem
Saddle Brooks B17 Standard
Extra details This machine was originally owned by Des Robinson, brother of Brian (who the first British rider to win a stage in the Tour de France).  It was given to me by Des and it was restored to original using archive photographs and with help from Des.

In 1947 he rode this bike to victory in the Bath Road, Westerly R C 100-mile time trial. He won the Isle of Man International on it in 1949 and later the same year rode it in the World Championships in Denmark where he finished 10th, the following year he competed on it in the 1950 World Championships at Ypres in Belgium.

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Detail showing Simplex 'rod' front changer, double box lining, Durax steel cottered cranks
with Simplex double rings

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Des Robinson riding in the World Selection Race at Donnington Park, 1950
Des finished 4th, the winner was Jack Hooban who went on to
win the Amateur World Championships in Ypres later that year

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Front view showing bottle cages and rubber brake hood covers