Classic & Vintage - Proctor Townsend road bikes?
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01-19-06, 01:18 PM
Is anyone familiar with Proctor Townsend road bikes? I just got a beautiful Reynolds 783 P Townsend with full 9 speed Dura Ace groupo, Mavic Heliums, carbon fork... the works! Really great peice. I just can't find anything about the maker. I was told it was hand made by the man (Proctor?) who ran this company. I just can't find out what country it was made in or it's approximate age or anything else. Nothing on Google. Nothing on Sheldon Brown. This should be a challenge for you guys... What is a Proctor Towsend bicycle? I'm stumped.
San Diego, CA
sorry I have no information. . .
A very nice bike...someone here will know...but whilst we are waiting...
these are the few things that I ran across on the net...the recurring thread is that Proctor Townsend 753 bikes are very highly regarded. Must not currently be in business, or very, very underground. Triatheletes seem to like the bike especially well...First picture is of Tina Townsend, a musician on a bike, and the second is of a Townsend mountain bike, which I surmise is an English marque that is still being made...
A few interesting quotes from the net, might give you a clue (at least assure you that this isn't a one-off...)
"...Various poses of Rod Kitt on his PROCTOR TOWNSEND Bike in front of the old train station..."
"...I'm bit of an old school XC guy. Going into my 11th season on a true temper Proctor Townsend. It's been through 6 forks, 8 drivetrains and who knows what else. Last year it had a bit of a break down and I had to take it to Mr. Moulden to get a new drop out welded in. Now it's good as new. It's also been run over by a truck once. I got out of the way, but the fork and front wheel got f**ked..."
01-19-06, 07:06 PM
A quick look in the CR archives comes up with Brad Proctor and Bob Townsend
(retired from framebuilding) of Canada.
01-21-06, 11:56 AM
Bob Townsend worked in Edmonton Alberta Canada, He used to own, or co-own a bike shop called High Country (in the eighties) and made many custom frames. I still see quite a few proctors and towsends around (I live in Edmonton). These bikes were quite expensive when new and yes they are very well made.
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