Claud Butler Avant Coureur - 1952/3
Posted: Wednesday 12th August 2020
|Frame||Claud Butler 'Avant Coureur' - 1952/3, frame no. 5787 52 12 shows it was made Dec 1952 but this is a 1953 Avant Coureur Bi-Lam model with 531 transfer. Seat tube 21½", top tube 21", seat stays 17½"|
|Wheels||Dunlop Special Lightweight 27"rims with the original Dunlop High pressure tyres,(the original inner tubes held air but I replaced them for safety) BH Airlite hubs. Rustless DB 15/17g spokes 40/32|
|Chainset||Stronglight cottered cranks with Simplex 49/47 steel rings|
|Gears||Simplex front rod shifter and toggle rear mechs, It is a 8-speed 14-24 with 49-47 rings.|
|Brakes||GB Coureur brakes|
|Stem/Bars||GB bars and spearpoint stem|
|Extra details||Baycliff bag and cape, Coloral water bottle and cages,new clips and straps and the Bluemels black guards and green pump & Bell. Lucifer dynamo.
This I got as a complete bike many years ago, It had hung in a shed in the Cotswolds for many many years and not ridden.It was caked with grease and gunk BUT this had served as insulation against rust on the parts. I completely stripped the bike down cleaned everything off re packed all the bearings etc, It came up like new!, except lots of rust on the frame.It was finished in a green crackel finish and I found a chap who did a pretty good job of duplicating it. All the equip was optional per the catalouge that I have.