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Claud Butler Jubilee - 1953  (upgraded 1958-60)

Owned by: John Tighe

Claud Butler Jubilee 1

At the grand old age of 62 I decided to get out the old bike and stumbled on your web site, so I thought you may be slightly interested in what I have. My parents bought me a second-hand Claud Butler Jubilee Model for Christmas about 1957-58 from my mothers cousin, then it was just as new with 3 speed Cyclo Benelux gears.  

I cherished the bike for many years and by about 1958-60 I had saved sixpences in a glass decanter until it was full, on emptying it I found I had about £44 which I spent on upgrading my bike so I re-built it to the following update:-

Claud Butler Jubilee,frame number 5052 548; 23" seat tube; original finish
Milremo rims built on Fiamme Normandy large flange hubs (by George Evans)
Chainset Stronglight cotterless chainset with TA chainring
Pedals Lyotard pedals with Patraud toe clips
Gears Campagnolo Record 5-speed rear
Brakes Mafac Top 63 centre-pull
Stem/Bars GB Forged Hidiminium handlebar stem topped with TA cable plate with original bars (Maes)
Saddle Brooks B17 Swallow (original)
Extra details I still have the bri nylon top and my shoes with J Anouetil plates (see images below) which all still fit me today some 49 years on,

C B Jubilee 7
C B Jubilee 9
C B Jubilee 8

Claud Butler Jubilee 3
Early Campagnolo Record changer
Claud Butler Jubille 4
Normandy large-flange hubs