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Pat Hanlon - 1968

Owned by: Terry Harradine


1968 Pat Hanlon   frame No. 79068; 22.½" seat tube; Reynolds 531DB tubing throughout; Prugnat lugs; Campag (long) dropouts.  Angles, not sure but I think 73-73. top tube 22.5" wheelbase 39.5"  Built by Vic Edwards
Super Champion Rims 36-36 on Campagnolo hubs with Vittoria tubs
Chainset Campagnolo with  52-42  Chainrings
Pedals Campagnolo with Brooks toeclips,  Lapize toestraps
Gears Campagnolo   Record  (Steel) rear, Campagnolo Record front with Regina 6-speed freewheel,  Sedis chain
Brakes Universal 51 side pull.  Campagnolo Top tube cable clips
Stem/Bars Ambrosio bars with Ambrosio 12.5cms sten and Campagnolo (Steel) headset
Saddle  Brooks Professional with Campagnolo 2-bolt seat pin
Extra details T.A. bottle cage

My Girlfriend (now my wife of 42 years) bought me this lovely frame for my 21st. Birthday in 1968,  During the 1980's, I was made redundant  four times and I had to sell some bikes, sadly the Hanlon went.  Luckily, last May, I bumped into the man who bought the bike from me and we agreed a swop, so a Hetchins went and my beloved Hanlon was back.  I took it to Argos Cycles in Bristol to have it resprayed much as it was in 1968. All of the kit on this bike is what I used from 1968 to 1974, except for the saddle (I had a Unica plastic)  and the rims, I had to rebuild them, the originals were Mavic Monthlerys, I must say that Pat Hanlon was a joy to deal with from the chatting about my needs in the shop to collecting the finished article, this frame was the first new handbuilt that I owned, plus it was the first close-clearance  pure racing frame I owned.  I had reasonable success on the bike winning The Valley of the Cotswols Road Race, The Cheltenham Festival Criteriums, and several time trials.