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Hetchins Experto Crede - 1961

Experto Crede 450

Frame Hetchins Experto Crede - straight; 1961; frame number H28286;  22"; Reynolds 531
Agrati ends
Wheels Dunlop Special Lightweight, 40/36 spoked, on Gnutti hubs, Continental Sport tyres
Chainset Campag 3-pin with Simplex 42/52 rings
Pedals Lyotard Marcel Berthet with AFA toe clips
Gears Campag Nuovo Record
Brakes MAFAC racer with half-hood levers
Stem/Bars GB stem with GB Tourmalet (Map of Britain) bars
Headset Original - unknown make
Saddle Brooks B17 Champion Narrow with Campagnolo, 2-pin seatpin
Notes 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 June
1961 and the price was £13.19.4d.

Experto Crede 2 206
Although not Hetchins fanciest lugs the Experto Crede still shows the craftsmanship of the builders
Experto Crede 3 275
Campag cotterless cranks with Simplex double rings
Experto Crede 4 225
GB stem with engraved bars - just a few years too young for this machine