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H R Morris 'Special Model' 1956

Submitted by Hugo Vanneck



H.R. Morris Special Model for racing, 1956. Frame No. H291. 24 inch, Reynolds High Manganese butted tubes, finished in black with gold lug lining, chromed ends.
Conloy Asp rims, Harden hubs (front S/F Airlite is temporary)
Chainset Stronglight Competition cotterless steel cranks, custom made 46T chainring
Pedals Lyotard Faucheux pedals, Christophe clips, Binda straps
Gears Single-speed fixed, 46/16
Brakes CLB A.L.P. Competition with Bartali Roi des Grimpeur levers, repro Shockstop ‘honkers’
Stem/Bars H.R. Morris lugged stem (original to the frame) with unknown alloy bars
Saddle  Brooks Professional, Brooks clip, Strata alloy pillar
Extra details  Bluemels alloy mudguards, Bluemels pump.

I acquired this and another Morris frame, a 1963 tricycle frame, from their second owner, a friend of their first, Mr. George Arnot, who had wanted them to stay together. It came to me with the present paint but was originally ordered in “dark grey with plated ends”. The rear triangle had been spread to take gears and I had it returned to its original fixed gear width. This is one of HRM’s earliest frames under his own name, built while he was still at F.J Sanders’ shop but after FJS had died and he had finished the backlog of Sanders frame orders. The steering column is marked with ‘Saund’ in white paint, a (mis-spelt) mark by the enamellers, a common practice at the time, to identify the frame as coming from F.J. Sanders, the name they still knew the Orford Road shop by. A fabulous frame to ride – light, builds up speed very easily, is very stable and comfortable.

Details of H R Morris head lugs

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Seat and bottom bracket lugwork

Drive chain including 'MORRIS' custom chainring

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Left: See text below table for story of the fork column
Right: Custom stem made by H R Morris