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Evelyn Hamilton - c.1946

Owned by: Bryan Clarke


Evelyn Hamilton - 1946; 22 ½” seat tube; 22” top tube; Reynolds 531 butted tubing; 41”/ 41 ½” WB; 74deg/72deg angles, pencil seat stays, rapid taper chain stays, Super Champion rear ends for Osgear
Fiamme sprint rims on FB hubs with Sova wingnuts
Chainset Lytaloy cranks with 46 tooth Allez ring
Pedals Lyotard type 45 Ter with Christophe toe clips
Gears Three speed 1/8” Super Champion (Osgear) with detensioner 16/19/22 tooth freewheel.
Brakes B&T levers with GB Hiduminium callipers
Stem/Bars GB alloy spearpoint with Maes pattern bars
Saddle Brooks B17 oval badge on Reynolds seatpin
Extra details Pump: Britianialloy

Evelyn Hamilton had a colourful career as a record breaking endurance cyclist as well as exploits in Paris during the war working for the resistance; hence the reference to Lorraine Cycles. She opened a shop before the war in Streatham, South London with her then husband Jack Hamilton although she was always referred to as Miss Hamilton. She apparently built her own bicycles, however the maker of her frames remains a mystery. Her relationship with Claud Butler is well known. She managed a professional cycling team for the 1947 Brighton to Glasgow race apparently made up of members from the Polhill RC. She maintained that she became interested in cycling after her cousin won the Tour de France in the 1920s. Who was that we ask? Charming film footage of her can be seen on line from the British Pathe website and still photos of her and her shop can be seen on http://homepage.ntlworld.com/michael.bannon1/evelynhamilton/

Lytaloy cranks and Osgear with second cable to detension arm

B & T levers
Headlugs and 'double' Osgear lever

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Left: Close-up of wheel in forward position on Osgear ends
Right: E H Hamilton headbadge