R H Wakefield - c.1960
Owned by: David Webb
||Wakefield; 22" 531 frame No.1083 with a
Nervex Professional lugset and fork crown with wrap-over seat
stays. There is a semi-circular rear bridge at the top of the
seat stays to accommodate a cable for centre-pull
brakes thus avoiding the need for a hanger, a popular
add-on of the period apparently. The seat tube angle
is 73 while the head tube is 74 and the wheelbase is 40.5". The short
pump pegs are situated underneath the back of the cross tube and at the
base and on top of the down tube positioning the pump close to
& parrallel with the seat tube.
||Replacement 27 x 1.25" Rigida Chromage
Superchromix from a donor bike. The original wheels were Van
Shuthorst but were discarded due to their condition.
||Williams double chainset 50/47
with fluted cranks. BB is Bayliss Wiley
||Rusty unknowns, stainless Christophe clips minus
||Campagnolo Gran Sport on
a 5-speed freewheel hub. The front changer is
Simplex, its limited lateral movement
makes precise chainwheel selection a bit hit & miss.
Rubber capped Campagnolo down tube levers.
||GB Sprite T91
||Ambrosio Stem with 11cm reach
supporting Ambrosio Champion bars.
Classique mudguard shortened to avoid frequent and risky
collision with the rider's toes. Vintage French AFA pump.
machine is built by R.H.Wakefield in his shop at 59 London
Road, Tooting/Mitcham, London SW17 in about 1960. The frame maker, and
the precise date the frame was made, has not yet been
discovered but research continues. It is likely to
be by one of three men who were known to have worked at Bob
Wakefield's shop from the early 50s through
to mid 60s, they were Jack Jennings, Ted Shaw and Brian Packer. If
anyone thinks they may be able to identify the maker and/or the date of
my frame, please contact the webmaster.