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Gillott Spear - 1949

Owned by: Bob Damper

Spear Bob 1

HISTORY:  the frame bought from Peter McLeod at Reading Lightweight Ride 2007, other parts bought from various jumbles, Ebay, personal contacts in V-CC or local cycling scene.    It has been set up for touring in hilly/mountainous country.

Frame Number 949874, seat tube 23", top tube 22", wheelbase 43"; Reynolds 531 double-butted tubing; frame renovation by Vaz Finishes in flamboyant bronze with flamboyant green head and seat panel, lugs outlined in black.
Wheels Solite 32H front hub, Sturmey Archer FW 40H rear hub, Dunlop Special Lightweight rims 26 x 1¼"
Chainset Chater-Lea 42t on TDC bottom bracket
Pedals Chater-Lea Sprint Catos toeclips, Christophe straps
Gears Sturmey Archer FW 4-speed with Cyclo 3-speed conversion, 16-19-23T, giving 12 speeds; Cyclo Benelux derailleur mechanism; gear range 31.7-86.4 inches.
Brakes GB Hiduminium
Stem/Bars Steel of unknown make
Saddle Wilby W18
Extra details Early long-trigger Sturmey Archer 4-speed control. The Wilby saddle (how many others have you seen?) Chossy saddlebag on Midland bag support. Pump:  Bluemels 19"

Spearpoint Bob 3
Spearpoint Bob 4
Spearpoint Bob 5
above: Early Sturmey lever with long trigger
Left: Sturmey combined  with derailleur gear - a tourists choice