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Classic Lightweights UK
        Devoted to classic UK and Italian lightweights
 



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Welcome to Classic Lightweights, the most comprehensive online repository on the history of British bespoke bicycle and component manufacture. This site contains a bounty of resources for anyone interested in the finest bicycles and components ever made, and the individual artisans and makers who produced them.

The site was created by Peter Underwood in 2006 as a resource for a few friends to share stories, memories and photos. Nobody imagined how the site would grow to become the definitive resource for classic British bicycles and their history. Peter and his wife Patricia’s stewardship of the site has been remarkable and highly valued by its large global readership. In recent years they had become concerned about the future of the site and were keen to secure it for future generations.

Starting in 2020 day-to-day management of the site has been transferred to the team at Chater-Lea. The site will remain open and free to all who wish to use it. The plan is to make the site easier to navigate, enhance search capabilities and upgrade technology to accommodate additional content. This will ensure that existing and new audiences can continue to enjoy the site.

Please note that we are happy to continue to receive content submissions but these will not be placed on the site until the redesign is complete. Content submissions plus any other enquiries related to the site should be sent to info@classiclightweights.co.uk

Classic Lightweights Team
February 2020

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RECENT ADDITIONS


2020
 25 February
 1 January

2019
 8 November
 4 November
23 September
29 August
22 August
11 August
1 July
 1 May
 8 April
 4 April
22 March
12 March
 7 March
 4 March

 2 March
25 February
27 January
10 January
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Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 86. March/April has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 85. January/February has been published on the web site


Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 84. November/December has been published on the web site
Classic Components:
A pair of Champion du Monde pedals added to Cyclo Pedals
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 83. September/October has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Cyclo pedals by Stephen Warne
Classic Components: A piece on Strata Engineering by Stephen Warne
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 82. July/August has been published on the web site
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 81. May/June has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Robert Braid on early Campagnolo 'first generation' pedals
Classic Components:
A look at early Benelux rear derailleurs by Stephen Warne
Classic Components: Information on steel Stronglight cranks from Stephen Warne
Also help choosing the correct axle for your TA cranks from Bruce Dance
Classic Components: FB (Fratelli Brivio) components by Stephen Warne
Classic Builders:
Information on the South London frame builder Geoffrey Butler from Bryan Clarke
Classic Components: An informative piece on Gnutti by Stephen Warne plus a piece on Gnutti listed in Aids to Happy Cycling.
Cambridge Lightweight News
, Edition 80. March/April has been published on the web site
Classic Components: Information on the rare Brooks Champion Lightweight saddles by Stephen Warne
Classic Builders:
Significent updates to the Johnny Berry page by Alan Woods and Rick Hart
Classic Components:
more information on Simplex Retrofriction levers from Bruce Dance
Cambridge Lightweight News, Edition 79. January/February has been published on the web site