Gillott 'Fleur de Lis' 1957
by Peter Underwood
|Gillott Fleur de Lis - 1957 - frame no. 574698;
tube 23" C to T, top tube 23" C to C; 73° head -
71° seat tube angles, 17½" chainstays;
with fluted topeyes; rear
track ends (mudguard eyes) Reynolds 531 DB tubing; round fork
blades with Simplex ends
Re- finished by Mario Vaz (London) in black with white head and seat
panel. Chrome ends and fork crown; drilled
fork crown and seat stay bridge (reinforced) for brakes. One of a pair
of Gillotts built by Ron
Cooper for the original owner. The second frame was a 1957 Gillott
- frame no. 574752; Nervex Professional lugs; Seat tube
top tube 22½" Round fork blades with Simplex
ends, RJB fork crown.
Blue with 'Gillott' in hand-painted block letters on down tube.
|Harden large flange Bacon Slicer hubs - 32/40 -
single fixed - 15/17 double butted spokes - Dunlop Light Alloy
rims - Continental tyres
Or with original wheels having cut down large-flange (to small flange)
double-fixed Chater-Lea hubs with unknown 27" alloy HP rims
with 15/17 DB spokes.
||Chater-Lea two-arm chainset, with
single 48T x 1/8" chainring. On
original Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket
||Lyotard Marcel Berthet 23 (MB23) with Christoph
toeclips and straps
||GB Coureur - front only
||Holdsworth special steel lugged stem 1951
Cyclone de Luxe numbered 9072 (This would be the number of a matching
frame. Un-numbered stems were stock items). with alloy Maes bars.
|| Brooks B17 (oval badge) on 27.2 alloy
||This frame was owned from new by a good friend of
who recently passed away. He purchsed it with a payment from the army
when he returned home from military service in Korea. Whilst overseas,
the army kept most of the wages due and paid a small weekly allowance.
On return to Blighty in 1957 Ken (Hogg) had a fair lump sum
due to him
and he bought two Gillotts, this one for himself
another - with Nervex Professional lugs, for his wife. The frames
were custom built to their specifications.
Ken was delighted when they were told that they were to return home to
the UK from Korea. However, the hardship was not complete
sailing home through the Med in the troopship Windrush, Ken
swimming for hours before being rescued when the engines exploded and
the ship sank. In
December 2014 while I was restoring this machine, a memorial was opened
to those who died in "The Forgotten War", sadly Ken missed this as it
really was a forgotten war here in the UK and the troops fought for
years in appalling conditions.
Paintwork was done by Mario Vaz in London. Plating by
cluster with topeye decoration. Centre and
de Lis (sic) headlugs, with windows
plated RJB fork crown
Two images of the Holdsworth Cyclone de Luxe custom stem
Advert showing a similar Holdsworth stem in their 'Aids to Happy Cycling'
booklet of the 1950s. The stem on this Gillott was built to match the lugs on
their 'Cyclone de Luxe' model
Harden 'Bacon Slicer' large flange hub - 32 hole built
See Holdsworth advert for Harden hubs at bottom of page.
Drive chain with Chater-Lea fluted 2-arm cranks, (third
chainring bolt threads into back of crank)
48T chainwheel to 20T
sprocket giving 64.8" gear measured the UK way,
i.e. chainring size (48) multiplied by wheel
diameter (27) and divided by sprocket size (20) which equals 64.8
Lyotard MB23 platform pedals with Christophe toeclips and
black straps to match paint.
Page from 1952 Gillott catalogue giving Fleur de Lis details for both
bi-laminated and lugged frames
Advert for the Harden hubs, including the 'Bacon Slicer' - described as 'undrilled'.
from 'Aids to Happy Cycling' - 1949