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Evelyn Hamilton - c 1946

Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

FrameEvelyn Hamilton - 1946; 22 ½” seat tube; 22” top tube; Reynolds 531 butted tubing; 41”/ 41 ½” WB; 74deg/72deg angles, pencil seat stays, rapid taper chain stays, Super Champion rear ends for Osgear
WheelsFiamme sprint rims on FB hubs with Sova wingnuts
ChainsetLytaloy cranks with 46 tooth Allez ring
PedalsLyotard type 45 Ter with Christophe toe clips
GearsThree speed 1/8” Super Champion (Osgear) with detensioner 16/19/22 tooth freewheel.
BrakesB&T levers with GB Hiduminium callipers
Stem/BarsGB alloy spearpoint with Maes pattern bars
SaddleBrooks B17 oval badge on Reynolds seatpin
Extra DetailsPump: Britianialloy

Evelyn Hamilton had a colourful career as a record breaking endurance cyclist as well as exploits in Paris during the war working for the resistance; hence the reference to Lorraine Cycles. She opened a shop before the war in Streatham, South London with her then husband Jack Hamilton although she was always referred to as Miss Hamilton. She apparently built her own bicycles, however the maker of her frames remains a mystery. Her relationship with Claud Butler is well known. She managed a professional cycling team for the 1947 Brighton to Glasgow race apparently made up of members from the Polhill RC. She maintained that she became interested in cycling after her cousin won the Tour de France in the 1920s. Who was that we ask? Charming film footage of her can be seen on line from the British Pathe website and still photos of her and her shop can be seen on

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Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

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