R O Harrison 'Lyta'
by Peter Underwood
| R O
Harrison 'Lyta' 1951; frame number113266
(January 1951 number 3266) 24" seat tube, 23" top tube, 17¾"
chainstays; rear ends 115mm.
|27" Dunlop alloy
HP rims on Airlite small-flange hubs 40/32, 15/17G spokes
cranks with C-L 46T ring on Chater-Lea
Christophe toeclips and straps
Gran Sport with down tube lever
||GB Superhoods with Coureur stirrups
||GB Spearpoint stem
with GB Maes bars; Brampton Alatet
B17 Swallow on alloy domed seatpin
||This R O Harrison
was acquired on 17.12.2012 from
Colrop who purchased it from the original owner, a keen racing
man, in 1958.
The frame had recently been sprayed with 'rattle-can', there was no
trace of original paint on it and it was built up with
Colin remembered the down tube transfer only. The frame has now
beens resprayed by Marion Vaz in Salmon Pink
tube and lug lining, we were able to retain the chrome ends which is
all that remained of the original finish. I am having discussion with
the Marque Enthusiast .as to which model this is, old
are indistinct and it is not possible to identify the lugs from them.
Lyta was the top model at this time and this frame has very
elaborate lugs compared with others of the era. I have however seen
images of R O
H frames with elaborate lugs plus cut-outs, research is ongoing!
seat cluster and bottom bracket lugs
Down tube transfer, R O
Harrison also had one with similar lettering on a
Two views of head lugs
Drive chain with Chater-Lea chainset and pedals, Campagnolo
Gran Sport gear and
Stallard rear ends