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Youngs Marksman Mk.1 c 1959

Posted: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

FrameYoungs Marksman Mk. 1; seat tube 23” CTT, top tube 22 ½” CTC, 72degs parallel, 41” WB, plain ends, Nervex Pro Lugs, Reynolds 531 tubing, made by Wally Green. Frame No. 1102
Wheels27” Dunlop Special Lightweight chrome rims on Gnutti solid spindle hubs
ChainsetGnutti cottered 49/46 rings
PedalsLyotard 460D
GearsCampagnolo Gran Sport front and rear, open ‘C’ levers, Regina block 15-22
BrakesMafac Racer
Stem/BarsGB Alloy Spearpoint stem and Maes bars with TDC ‘J’ type headset
SaddleBristol Swallow pattern on plain alloy seatpin
Extra detailsMudguards: Apex Swallow.
Notes: The Marksman was the ‘schoolboy’ entry level racer and was always the cheapest model. It was first introduced in 1954 and continued into the late 1960s. It was made in standard sizes and therefore ‘off the peg’. This should not be confused with the better quality Marksman Mk.2 that was probably made in Reynolds 531 butted tubing and had Campag Gran Sport ends. There is further confusion because many people ordered better quality bespoke frames with Nervex Pro lugs.
This bike hung up in Ray Young’s shop at Coney Hall for many years. The head badge with green background is rare and features two addresses, Lewisham and Sydenham, the latter which Ray Young managed for around five years.
Thanks for reading

Posted: Wednesday 12th August 2020

Owned By: Bryan Clarke

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