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Spécial C.N.C. - 1947

Owned by: Bryan Clarke

CNC Clarke RB 1
Spécial C.N.C. - 1947; frame size 22½” CTT, top tube 22¼”, 75 degs parallel, 41” Wheel base, over sized top tube, made for Super Champion Professionel gears (Osgear), Nivex ends.
Mavic sprints on FB hubs with Sova wingnuts
Chainset Stronglight Competition type 55 with 49/46 Simplex rings
Pedals Atom with Christophe Special toe clips
Gears Super Champion Professionel, 8 speed 3/32” 16,18,20,22 with alloy detensioner and Nivex jockey wheel, Super Champion rod changer
Brakes ALP/CLB levers, LAM Super Dural callipers
Stem/Bars Titan, Kint - Maes bars
Saddle Henri Gauthier
Extra details VW bottle and cage, Pelissier flint catchers, Zefal pump

CNC were established just before WWII by the Fletcher family and were originally at 112 Boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris. They were greatly favoured by the League riders (see Bernard Howard’s reminiscences). This bike was originally owned by East London RC rider Sid Garrard who was their reserve rider for the 1945 Brighton to Glasgow race. The frame is unusual in having chunky stays as well as main tubes all differing in diameter. Despite the fearsome angles it is a real treat to ride.

CNC Clarke RB 2
Drive chain as listed above - braze-on boss for tension arm under bottom bracket gives longer arm in effect,
a feature favoured by many riders of the time

CNC Clarke RB 3
Just able to see the detensioner cable for tension arm

CNC Clarke RB 4
Detail of Nivex rear ends