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Hetchins 'Nulli Secundus' - 1954

Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020

Owned By: Hugo Vanneck

FrameHetchins Nulli Secundus, 'Short Distance Time Trial Design', No. 5 1954: 23" seat tube, 22¾" top tube, 17¾" chainstays
Wheels27" Weinmann Alesa alloy rim / Powell hub with Tecamelit end-oiler front & (temporarily…) Dunlop Lightweight steel / British Hub Airlite rear
ChainsetStronglight 49d cranks, single 48T TA chain wheel, Reynold ‘The Coventry’ chain
PedalsLyotard Marcel Berthet, Christophe toe clips, Binda straps
Gears Single-speed fixed gear, 48T chainwheel with 17T cog = 76.2" gear
BrakesA.L.P. 'Competition' front caliper, Bartali 'Roi des Grimpeurs' lever
Stem/BarsPhillipe Cadet stem, Reynolds Bailey drops
Saddle Brooks B17 Narrow on alloy post & clip
Extra DetailsUnknown headset, Bayliss & Wiley BB, Lucas bell, Apex Superlite pump, GB wingnuts & French reflector. The Powell front hub is as fine a piece of work as you will find. With the wheel off the ground and a gentle pull it takes forever to stop spinning. Listed in the 1952 Brown Brothers catalogue as next in cost to Chater Lea, it is very rare. I’m presently trying to restore the heavily pitted races of the rear and will fit that if and when I manage to do so. If anyone has a good rear large flange Powell to spare I would be very interested.
Thanks for reading

Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020

Owned By: Hugo Vanneck

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