Higgins Ultralite 'Plus Parfait' - 1956
Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020
<23" Higgins Ultralite lugged frame. Finish: Flam Viola with flam red head tube and seat bands. 9" chrome front forks, seat stays and chain stays. Gold and red box lining and gold lug lining. Oval forks, mudguard eyes, pump pegs on seat tube.
|Wheels||Campagnolo L/F Q/R hubs 32/40, 15/17 DB spokes. Weinman 27" rims|
|Chainset||TA Cyclotouriste 46/36 chainrings, Stronglight 49D cotterless cranks|
|Pedals||Chater Lea Sprint with GB clips and Binda straps|
|Gears||Campagnolo Gran Sport front mech. Campagnolo Gran Sport (1952 mod. extra) rear mech|
|Brakes||Gloria levers, Alp calipers|
|Stem/Bars||GB 531 4 ¼" steel stem with Reynolds 'Pelissier' bars|
|Saddle||Brooks B.17 'Swallow.' Campagnolo seat pin|
|Extra Details||The Ultralite was bronze welded and could be built with lugs at an extra cost and, I think I'm right in saying, this was named the 'Plus Parfait.'
I have several of the top makes from the 50's, Hetchins, Gillott, Ephgrave etc., and I don't why, but the Higgins rides better than any of them; could it be that Higgins was an engineer first and a cyclist second!?
I sent the frame to Argos for restoration and I think they made a superb job following my instructions exactly.