||Hetchins Experto Crede - straight;
1961; frame number H28286; 22"; Reynolds 531
||Dunlop Special Lightweight, 40/36 spoked, on
Gnutti hubs, Continental Sport tyres
||Campag 3-pin with Simplex 42/52 rings
||Lyotard Marcel Berthet with AFA toe clips
||Campag Nuovo Record
||MAFAC racer with half-hood levers
||GB stem with GB Tourmalet (Map of Britain) bars
Champion Narrow with Campagnolo, 2-pin seatpin
||The frame is
a Hetchins Experto Crede dating from 1961 with the typical very
attractive lugwork, bought from a chap in Portsmouth. Framebuilding
quality is tip-top (I think top racing bike customers in England in
those days looked very carefully at the quality of build), with brazing
of lugs and braze-ons perfect all over.
The parts are period as far as possible (GB bars and stem are I think
are later than 1961). The ride is interesting, sporty and responsive on
inclines out of the saddle (not cumbersome as was an old Claude Butler
I once owned from this time) and comfortable and relaxed on the flats.
Len Ingram (VCC marque enthusiast) wrote about the frame:
Your frame number is H28286 which is a 22" straight Experto Crede
Frame. I think it was built by Stan Broom. The date of sale was 11th
1961 and the price was £13.19.4d.