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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 :


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Classic Builders:
We have added more information and images to the page for Hawkes of Stratford, supplied by Leigh Johnson (grandson of A A Hawkes)
Readers' Bikes: A Rudge Aero Special track machine built for Sid Patterson
Readers' Bikes: A 1973 De Rosa 'Molteni' owned by Neil Seaton, also added to Italian Classics
Classic Builders: A starter piece on C Bertrand & Co by Steve Griffith
Classic Builders: Rivetts - David Twitchett has added to this page by filling in the early years from Alf Rivett's birth to the demise of the business
Readers' Bikes: An Alf Engers replica Shorter TT bike, built by Adrian Thornton in New Zealand
Classic Builders:
A piece on Charles Stevenson by Bryan Clarke
Classic Buiders: Some more interesting information and catalogue details added to the bottom of the Williamson Bothers page
Classic Builders:
 Alan Woods has revised and updated the entry for Johnny Berry
Italian Classics: We have revised the Italian Classics page as there was a problem with the images and a link to the museum which we were not aware of.
Readers' Bikes: A rare 1950 Bianchi Folgorissima in original condition
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 54. November/December 2014 has been published on the web site
Readers' Bikes: Youngs Marksman Mk. 1 c. 1959 owned by Bryan Clarke
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