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Youngs Marksman Mk. 1  c. 1959

Submitted by Bryan Clarke


Youngs Marksman Mk. 1;  seat tube 23” CTT,  top tube 22 ½” CTC, 72degs parallel, 41” WB, plain ends,  Nervex Pro Lugs, Reynolds 531 tubing, made by Wally Green. Frame No. 1102
27” Dunlop Special Lightweight chrome rims on Gnutti solid spindle hubs
Chainset Gnutti cottered 49/46 rings
Pedals Lyotard 460D
Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport  front and rear, open ‘C’ levers, Regina block 15-22
Brakes Mafac Racer
Stem/Bars GB Alloy Spearpoint  stem and Maes bars with TDC ‘J’ type headset
Saddle  Bristol Swallow pattern on plain alloy seatpin
Extra details Mudguards: Apex Swallow.
Notes: The Marksman was the ‘schoolboy’ entry level racer and was always the cheapest model. It was first introduced in 1954 and continued into the late 1960s. It was made in standard sizes and therefore ‘off the peg’. This should not be confused with the better quality Marksman Mk.2 that was probably made in Reynolds 531 butted tubing and had Campag Gran Sport ends. There is further confusion because many people ordered better quality bespoke frames with Nervex Pro lugs.
This bike hung up in Ray Young’s shop at Coney Hall for many years. The head badge with green background is rare and features two addresses, Lewisham and Sydenham, the latter which Ray Young managed for around five years.




From a Youngs catalogue c. 1959