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Fothergill - 1955

James Fothergill of Liverpool (owned by Steve Chambers)

Fothergill 1


Frame 21½" 531 butted tubing
Wheels Suzue forged l/f hubs; Ambrosio 700c rims (should be 26x1 1/4")
Chainset Dura-Ace
Pedals Modern
Gears Suntour/Shimano mix
Brakes Gran Compe'  side pull brakes with Dura-Ace levers
Stem/Bars Cinelli
Headset NOS 50s headset
Saddle Modern
Extra details Pump is the original Ad-Hoc


Details of a recently purchased James Fothergill of Liverpool.  The machine is as found and has few original components but may be worth including for it's rarity and nice lugwork.  I purchased it off its original and only owner who had it built for himself in 1955.  He was so taken with the riding position and feel of his previous machine, an Armstrong Moth, that he had this built to exactly the same dimensions and angles. I have the original working drawing too. (He still has the 'Moth' which may yet come my way.)

It was resprayed by Bob Jackson's in the 1970's and fitted with original head/seat transfers.  The downtube script should be 'fancier' and is not of the original type. The original colour was all black frame with red head tube and two red bands approx 3" deep on seat tube;  lugs were gold lined and it had double box lining.

Steve Chambers intends to rebuild it with period correct equipments as and when he can acquire it. He would like to hear from anyone who knows anything about James Fothergill Lightweight cycles and also would like to aquire correct transfers.  Steve Chambers 01246 209594  e-mail: cpotz(at)aol.com 


Fothergill 2
Old head badge plus finely-cut lugs
Fothergill 3
Detail of seat cluster
Fothergill 4
Another view of head lugs