Alex Iles - 1971
|Reynolds 531 DB.
Seat tube 24", wheelbase 41" British racing green with gold
lining. Red seat panel. No obvious frame
number (See notes below).
|Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo hubs, 32 spokes front, 40
spokes rear (original, but the sew-up rims have been converted to
||Stronglight with TA double rings
||Lyotard (platform style, made in France), with
||Simplex front and rear
||Weinmann (Swiss made) Model 750/999 center-pulls.
||Maes bars on ttt Gran-Prix stem (made in Italy)
30, leather (made in France). Seat Post: Campagnolo (replaced
original steel post).
Lightweight mudguards (made in England), with rear reflector and front
Purchased in July 1971 from Bill
Hurlow - new and just painted for me. I ordered it
from him prior to my arrival in
Kent. Although the bike shows the Alex Iles labels, Bill
the brazed fittings to the frame for the attachment of the rear
pannier support rack. The rack was then painted at the same
as the frame, in order to match. Final fit up of the bicycle
made on the day of my arrival in Mr. Hurlow's Herne Bay, Kent
shop. I rode the bike out of his shop and proceeded to tour
southern England on it (Herne Bay, to Canterbury, to Brighton, to Bath,
to London, to Dover, and then by ferry to France, where I left it in
the Paris train station for a month while I toured Europe by train). It
was then left with Bill Hurlow who sent
a letter dated September 21 (1971) stating, "A quick
note to advise you that your cheque arrived safely, and that your Alex
Iles was delivered to TWA Heathrow this afternoon. Dispatched
as Second Hand bicycle no. 8112, insured 100 BP. Weight inc.
carton 53 lbs. ... ... Best Wishes, Bill"
It is possible that the 8112 refers to the frame number. The
cycle was described as second-hand as I had used it for my European
Seat cluster and rear triangle showing rack supplied and
fitted to braze-ons fitted by Bill
Left: Original Alex Iles transfer
Right: detail showing head lugs and fork crown
Close-up of seat
cluster - original paintwork