Rotrax 'La Premiere' - 1957
Posted: Wednesday 19th August 2020
|Frame||24” seat tube; 22½” top tube; 17¼” chainstays; ??? BB height; Frame number 57 408 (1957); No. is at along one edge of BB; Nervex Type 45 lugs and fork crown; oval to round fork blades; dark green with ‘Rotrax’ head badge, down tube transfers and seat tube transfer. Agrati rear ends. Brake cable eyes (+ one cable guide) under top tube; Gear cable guide BB and eye on chainstay, also lever stop under down tube; lamp boss RH fork blade; carrier eyes on seat stays; mudguard eyes on ends.|
|Wheels||Weinmann 27" HP 40h rim Airlite rear s/f double-fixed hub. Dunlop Light Alloy 32h rim on Blumfield s/f front hub; 15/17 DB spokes; Continental 27 x 1 1/8 tyres.|
|Chainset||BSA 5-pin chainset with 46T x 1/8" ring, 6½” cranks; TDC bottom bracket|
|Pedals||Lyotard Marcel Berthet platform pedals with Christophe clips and toestraps|
|Gears||Single-speed fixed with 19T sprocket (65.4") or 20T (62.1")|
|Brakes||GB Coureur Plus levers and stirrups with rubber hoods|
|Stem/Bars||GB alloy spearpoint stem 3½” with GB alloy Maes bars with ferrule|
|Saddle||Brooks B17 Swallow on alloy 27.2 seatpost|
|Extra Details||Mudguards when fitted – white Bluemels. This is now my 'wet-weather' fixed-wheel machine being the only one I have with mudguards.
Having been threatened with a visit from the Somerset Style Police (C.O. Peter Lowry) I have re-taken these images with the BSA ring in the correct place on the cranks, i.e. the 'S' opposite the crank.