our site Patricia and I would like to share our enthusiasm for, and
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.
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
included a few which have a direct historical link back to the
period we cover.
Readers' Bikes section is there as a guide to owners wishing
for advice on components for a period-correct restoration so we ask
submissions are period correct. Peter
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provide any form of valuation, or to identity 'finds'. If you are
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doing research for the Horn brothers entries on this website I became
aware that Dennis Horn had been a hero for the generation
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
published by Adrian Bell of Mousehold Press.
– racing for an English Rose by
Underwood is available from: www.mousehold-press.co.uk :
road race with Peter Southart riding in second place on his Pennine.
The Village Chip Shop in background reminds one of 'Chippie' races from
the days when the smaller races were often sponsored
by small local businesses and the term Chippie was
used to denote such a race. At the extreme, first prize could have been
a fish and chip supper from the local fish and chip shop.
Maybe second prize was just a bag of chips!
In these older images I love to look at spectators and
backgrounds as they offer an insight into social history.
The term 'Chipper' was also used for a 'not so serious' rider who was
reputed to hang about outside the local fish and chip
shop and then sprint around the block on his cheap sports bike
before assuming the pose again outside the chippie hoping
to impress the girls.