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Reed 2G. R. Reed 'Leo Star' - 1958/9

Owned by: Bob Johnson

This is a typical example of a late fifties British clubman’s lightweight.
Supplied and badged by G.R. Reed of 147 Kingston Road, Wimbledon. Reed’s was a very well known bike shop that imported, what at the time was seen as rather exotic continental equipment such as Campagnolo, Stronglight, TA, Ambrosio, Universal, Gnutti, and Fiamme. They advertised regularly in cycling magazines with prices that generally undercut the official importers, this made them very popular, and like many lightweight dealers around the country at this time, a meeting place for local clubmen.

The frame, which was probably made by one of the local frame builders is built out of Reynolds plain gauge 531 tubing and Nervex Legere Series lugs. The money saved on the slightly cheaper tubing and lugs was obviously spent on eye-catching extras; chrome lugs, fork ends and crown and the flamboyant purple paint which after nearly 50 years still looks spectacular.

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Frame 1958/9 G.R. REED ‘Leo Star’  23” The frame, which was probably made by one of the local frame builders, is built out of Reynolds plain gauge 531 tubing and Nervex Legere Series lugs. The money saved on the slightly cheaper tubing and lugs was obviously spent on eye-catching extras; chrome lugs, fork ends and crown and the flamboyant purple paint which after nearly 50 years still looks spectacular
Wheels Fiamme high pressure 27 x 1 ¼” rims on Milremo large flange hubset with Dunlop ‘Road Racing’ tyres
Chainset Stronglight 49D cranks with TA rings
Pedals Cyclo pedals with GB stainless toeclips
Gears  Campag Gran Sport gear levers and mechs
Brakes GB Sport brakeset
Stem/Bars GB Maes bars on GB spearpoint stem
Saddle Mansfield ‘Victor’ saddle on Reynolds alloy seatpin
Extra details Bluemels alloy mudguards, Coloral silver anodised alloy bottle and cage

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Seat cluster showing model name on top of seatstay
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Fantastic 50-year old purple finish with chrome Legere lugs
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Detail of down tube transfer, rare to get original like this