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Holdsworth Sirocco (Whirlwind) - 1952

Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Peter Lowry

Frame1952 Holdsworth 'Sirocco' (truthfully a 'Whirlwind'! In 1951 this style of lugwork was named 'Sirocco' but in 1952, in their wisdom, Holdsworth renamed it the 'Whirlwind' and in 1953 changed the lugwork of the 'Whirlwind' to the pattern that we are all familiar with, so I hope I will be forgiven by all and sundry for referring to this frame as a 'Sirocco' to differentiate it from later 'Whirlwinds'! Specification as follows:- seat tube 23 1/2", top tube 22 1/2", wheelbase 41", head and seat angles 72 deg. Frame no. 16293
Wheels27" Constrictor Conloy 'Asp' rims on Harden large flange 32/40 hubs
ChainsetStronglight 49D cotterless cranks with 46/36 TA Cyclotouriste chainrings
PedalsChater-Lea 'T-bar' with Christophe toe clips.
GearsCampagnolo Gran Sport (mod. extra) rear derailleur, French Cyclo front derailleur, Regina 14-16-18-21-24 freewheel
BrakesLe Roi 'Bartali' levers with Lytaloy callipers
Stem/BarsReynolds 'Pellisier' bars on a 4 1/4" GB '531' stem.
SaddleBrook B17 Swallow
Extra detailsIn March/April 1952 Colin Young took delivery of this frame through Johnny Rankin Cycles, Newcastle upon Tyne, having had it made to measure, paying £42 plus for the complete cycle - a substantial amount of money in those days!
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Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Peter Lowry

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