Classic Lightweights UK
        Devoted to classic UK and Italian lightweights

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Through our site Patricia and I would like to share our enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, classic lightweight cycles, particularly those built in Britain and Italy. Contributions from other lightweight enthusiasts are welcome, including images of machines or components of particular interest.

We are interested in collecting information on UK builders of classic frames, loosely described as frames which could be built to a customer's own specification. We don't have the capacity to include the larger mass-production builders of lightweights, although in a few cases we have included special examples of a builder's production as an example. Our cut-off date is around mid-1970 although we have included a few which have a direct historical link back to the period we cover.

The Readers' Bikes section is there as a guide to owners wishing for advice on components for a period-correct restoration so we ask that submissions are period correct.  Peter Underwood, email: peter.underwood(at)tesco.net

Please note that I am not able to give advice on restoring bikes, provide any form of valuation, or to identity 'finds'. If you are unable to find the information you need on this site please try some of the other sites listed under Links.  

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While doing research for the Horn brothers entries on this website I became aware that Dennis Horn had been a hero for the generation I was riding with in the early 1950s. Most were older than me as they had been riding pre-war and I think some had bikes that Dennis had ridden in his heyday.  As I did more and more research I began to visualise a book describing Dennis's feats in the decade or so before WWII and I am taking the liberty of promoting the resulting book which is being published by Adrian Bell of Mousehold Press.

Dennis Horn – racing for an English Rose by Peter Underwood is available from: www.mousehold-press.co.uk :

F.Sharrock Leek C.C on Claud Butler

 F.Sharrock Leek C.C on Claud Butler road frame in the era when pumps were positioned below down tube;
riding time trial with large single chainring. Frame built with no braze-ons.

(Image Mick Butler)



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Readers' Bikes: A beautifully restored 1954 Ephgrave No. 1 owned by Alan Woods
Italian Classics: After a recent visit  to the Italian Legend Bicycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy, we realised that our Italian content was spread around the site.  We have drawn it together now under Italian Classics although the originals remain where they were
Lightweight Extras: Racing under the radar: South Africa’s apartheid era ‘ghost riders’ in the pelotons of European road cycling by Geoff Waters
Readers; Bikes: 1956 H R Morris 'Special Model' owned by Hugo Vanneck
We have returned from a two-week cycling holiday in Italy and our first offering is:
Readers' Bikes: A 1956 George Brooks owned by Bryan Clarke. Also some additional information on Wilsons of Birmimgham from Paul Wilson
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 53. September/October 2014 has been published on the web site
Catalogues:  An informative catalogue for Stuart Lightweight Cycles (Stuart Purves)
Classic Components: We have created a link to the comprehensive Trivelox site from our Components page
Readers' Bikes: Thanet Silverlight c.1947 owned by Mario Romeo
Readers' Bikes: A c.1953 Youngs road bike owned by Bryan Clarke
Readers' Bikes: David Craig's second Pennine Italia - 1971
Classic Builders: Another piece by Bryan Clarke, this time on Harry Daycock
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 52. July/August 2014 has been published on the web site
Readers' Bikes: Bob Johnson has installed a Campagnolo Paris/Roubaix gear on his Bianchi
Nelson Cycle Co. by Bryan Clarke
We have returned from a two-week cycling holiday in Bavaria on  Bodensee and the hills of the Allgau, our first offering is:
Lightweight Extras: Eastern bloc international competitive cycling in the Cold War by Geoff Waters
Readers' Bikes: A 1963 Condor 'Superbe' built by Bill Hurlow and now owned by Paul Page
Classic Components and Restoration : A history of Reynols steel tubing through the companies transfers by Nick Tithecott
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 51. May/June 2014 has been published on the website
Classic Builders:
Several images of Keith Butler added to the Allins page
Classic Builders:
Details of John Foster's 'Belgique' added to the Allins page.
Classic Builders: We have added details of another frame to Duke 20th Century builders.
Readers' Bikes: A 1965 Hilton Wrigley 'Connoisseur' owned by Derek Browne
Classic Builders:
Bondun's Innanzi Tutto by Bryan Clarke
Readers' Bikes: 1958 Fred Dean owned by Bob Johnson
Classic Builders: Mark Freeman adds an interesting insight into working with Les Rigden
Readers' Bikes: Another of the Raleigh works bikes, this time built for Richard Blundell
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 50. March/April 2014 has been published on the website
Lightweight Extras: Cycling at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in the Classic Era 1934-70 by Geoff Waters
Photo Gallery: Five new images from Mick Butler added to Page 6
Classic Riders: Peter Bedingfield's piece on the Gambrill Brothers, Mike and Robin
Classic Components:  Stronglight steel headsets by Steve Griffith
Readers' Bikes: Another classic Italian - 1962 Bianchi Competizione from Bob Jiohnson
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 49. January/February 2014 has been published on the website
Lightweight Extras: Several machines added to the Fixed-Wheel Gallery
Classic Frame Builders: A comprehensive piece on W W (Bill) Philbrook by Bryan Clarke
Classic Frame Builders: Tim Bryett has added sone personal reminiscences to the Jack Hearne and Dave Russell pages
Readers' Bikes: An early 1960s Frejus belonging to Dave Jarvis
Classic Frame Builders: V T (Tom) Braysher by Bryan Clarke
Classic Frame Builders: Cyril Wren (and Clubmans Cycles) by David Vines
Cambridge Lightweight News: Edition 48. November-December 2013 has been published on the website - now with added images by David Hinds
Lightweight Extras: Colin Manwaring has created a replica of Alf Engers 'Shorter' and taken the chance to create his own 'drillium' inspired by the pages on the website
Lightweight Extras: 20th century British and colonial path racing tradition by Geoff waters
Readers' Bikes: An update to the 1964 Pennine Italia to include drillium work done by Stuart Henderson
Readers' Bikes: 1951 F H Grubb 'Perfection' owned by Simon Penfold
Readers' Bikes: Derek Browne has built himself a 1950s Ken Russell using a Whitaker and Mapplebeck frame - our first upload since returning from a cycling holiday in Bavaria.
Classic Lightweight News: Edition 47. September-October 2013 has been published on the website
Classic Builders: Clive Stuart site by Curt Yamamoto of Seattle USA
Readers' Bikes: In this case a Readers' Frame as it is a very special 1962 W B Hurlow
owned by Emanuel Lowi
Readers' Bikes: A beautifully restored 1960 Legnano Pista owned by Cris Wimpey
Lightweight Extras: The 1952 British Track Team in South Africa - prelude to the Helsinki Olympics by Geoff Waters
Readers' Bikes: 1963 Jack Taylor 'Curved Tube' owned by Colin Brooker
Classic Riders: Peter Southart - Adorior Road Club and Pennine Cycles
Readers' Bikes: 1973 Clive Stuart owned by Chris Wimpey
Clasic Builders: Bryan Clarke has added more to his page on Holmes of Welling
Classic Lightweight News: Edition 46. July-August 2013 has been published on the website
We have returned from a two-week holiday cycling in Italy and our first offering (in Lightweight Extras)  is Sculptured in Steel: The three historic lightweight frame designs and beyond by Geoff Waters. 
Readers' Bikes: An interesting 1967 Holdsworth Italia Professional (with history) from Kelvin Pawsey
Readers' Bikes: Bob Johnson's 1959 Cinelli Super Corsa with the rare TA Criterium chainset with wedge axle
Readers' Bikes: a 1961 Jensen belonging to Philip Amadeus, built for this year's L'Eroica
Readers' Bikes: The thoroughly researched and documented restoration of a 1972 Cinelli Speciale Corsa owned by James Sage
Readers' Bikes: Terry Harradine's 1970 Major Nicholls Record
Classic Lightweight News: Edition 45. May-June 2013 has been published on the website