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Holdsworth 'welded' - 1950

Submitted by  Mike Baker


Holdsworth bronze welded frame no. 11358  late 1950 early 1951. 531 double-butted tubing; seat tube 23", top tube 22”, wheelbase 40”, 26.8 diam. seat pillar. Stallard ends. Built for 26” wheels. Replacement forks and Tange headset. Holdsworth alloy seat tube collar.
Wheels. 26” Rigida HPs rims built by Mick Madgett into 1950s Simplex steel hubs with unusual black coated QRs, using period spokes. Schwalbe tyres
Chainset Stronglight 3-pin Competition, TA 3-pin rings, 47/38T using special 7mm fixing bolts supplied by Chris Hewitt.
Pedals Holdsworth alloy Allez, Galli toeclips, Binda straps
Gears Benelux Tourist rear and Rod front with Maillard 5 speed block 16/28
Brakes Mafac Racer with white rubber half hoods
Stem/Bars Steel spearpoint stem with GB Tour of Britain engraved bars
Saddle Wrights leather on Campag 26.8 diameter 2 bolt seatpin.
Extra details Mudguards: Bluemels Popular.  Pump: Reg Corsa with Campag adapter and pump cup. Bottlecage: Coloral with TA Isol bottle.

Additional information. Frame built for 26” wheels with 41¼” wheelbase and Lyataloy headset. Adapted by previous owner for 27” sprints with new forks and headset and resprayed black and gold with new brake guides. Welded frame very light and rigid and gives superior ride to lugged frame.

1950s Simplex front hub with black QR lever

Drive set showing Benelux gears and Stronglight/TA chainset
Seat cluster showing Holdsworth topeye, seat tube clamp and Campag seatpin