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Stephens Special - 1947

Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

FrameStephens ‘Special’, 23” seat tube, 23” top tube; Reynolds 531 DB tubing, pencil stays 41½” wheelbase, 74 deg/ 71 deg angles, frame number 1198 built by Stephen Eddie Mitchell in 1947 and sold as a frame to a Mr Titchner on 29th October.
Wheels26” x 1¼” Dunlop Light Alloy HP rims on Airlite Continental front and Sturmey Archer rear
ChainsetWilliams C34 with 46-tooth Nicklin ring
PedalsChater Lea Sprinter with Sportsman adjustable toe clips
GearsSturmey Archer FM
BrakesBurlite front and rear
Stem/BarsReynolds alloy TT bars on GB girder stem
SaddleLycett L’Avenir
Extra DetailsAd Hoc Tourisme pump

Eddie Mitchell started making cycles as E Stephens at 28 Newington Green Road, Islington in the 1920’s and moved to Chase Side, Southgate, North London in 1938. He designed his own lugs (stamped E Stephens), reinforced fork crown, quick release mudguard eyes and detachable lamp bracket. His frames fell out of favour after WWII, the last one recorded being built in 1955. A full account written by Roger Bugg can be found in the V-CC Boneshaker No.169 Autumn 2005. I am grateful to Nigel Land the VCC marque enthusiast for supplying me with information about the frame and a set of original transfers.

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Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

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