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Old 02-10-21, 09:56 AM
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A recent build from what was, when purchased, an unknown frame. With help from the knowledgeable folks on this forum, I now know the frame is a 1973 Witcomb and even the frame builder! The builder was a gentleman named David Cotton, and I paid my respects to his work with a little custom decal.



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Old 02-10-21, 10:20 AM
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My 1978 Supercourse, built up from a NOS replacement frame.
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My 1978 Supercourse, built up from a NOS replacement frame.
Tim 1978 Raleigh Supercourse
Nice.

And is that a Honey or Brown saddle? And where did you source the complimentary handlebar tape and cable housing?
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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
Nice.

And is that a Honey or Brown saddle? And where did you source the complimentary handlebar tape and cable housing?
Thanks! Honey colored Brooks, Fizik honey brown tape from eBay, and clear red brake cable kit from porkchop bmx’s eBay store.
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Thanks! Honey colored Brooks, Fizik honey brown tape from eBay, and clear red brake cable kit from porkchop bmx’s eBay store.
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Hmm, the housing looks more brown than red -- on my computer. I probably should check out that eBay store, regardless.
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Old 02-10-21, 03:35 PM
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The housing is clear red, so you can kind of see the silver coils underneath. I do have some matching brown cable that I also got from porkchop bmx, just decided not to use it, for aesthetic reasons.
Red looked so much better, considering the red of the Raleigh head badge.
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Here are a few of my British bikes. 70 Professional Seen here several times. 74 Super Course. One of Two. 85 Competition. Currently in the stand. Have more that I will post later.
Love my old Raleigh's!

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Old 02-11-21, 09:51 AM
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beautiful bikes! i have what i think is a 50's Mercian that i bought as a frame.. 110mm rear spacing and stamped dropouts, mounts on both fork blades for a lamp bracket.



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Originally Posted by cocoabeachcrab View Post
What a great bike!
I'm surprised to see lamp brackets on both sides. Could it be that their purpose was to carry the good wheels to a race?
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
What a great bike!
I'm surprised to see lamp brackets on both sides. Could it be that their purpose was to carry the good wheels to a race?
Brent
maybe for 2 lamps... high beam and low beam!
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I took my 74 Hetchins for a spin the other day after giving it a winter tuneup complete with a new shorter stem and fresh white bar tape. It was a dry morning and I got in a couple of hours of nice riding before the rain starting coming down right as I was taking this picture. Got kind of wet getting home but it felt really good to ride a "skinny" tired vintage lightweight after spending most of the winter on my 650b fendered bike. The waterfall is downtown Seattle.


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2 projects

I have two British project bikes. One is a 1958 Claud Butler Jubilee; the other a 1971 Witcomb.


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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Here's my 1971 Mercian


Your Mercian was the inspiration for my Woodrup touring bike.
I have two Brits separated by 80 years.
The Old Brit
The Old Brit by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

The Young Brit
The Young Brit by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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A '70s Raleigh Pro frameset that will eventually be built into a 3-speed..


A '74 Sports for cruising around.


An earlier 23" ladies' Sports that is now boxed up in storage for the time when I can no longer swing a leg over a diamond frame.
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Holcombe

Holcombe, built in 1984 by Reg Holcombe Melton Mowbray - (Not Holdsworth, not Witcomb!) Probably the only Holcombe in the US!

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My 1980Raleigh Record Ace, The only pure English bike I have. I also have a 73 Super Course, 74 Gran Prix, 76 Grand Prix, 77 and 78 Super courses, this RRA, A Geoffrey Butler, and a Witcomb which is a 73, and lastly is a Dawes Galaxy. I think I might be gettin a Raleigh Alyeska from a friend.

This bike was bought in England way back in 1980 but how it got into the US I have now idea.

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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
What a great bike!
I'm surprised to see lamp brackets on both sides. Could it be that their purpose was to carry the good wheels to a race?
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hard to believe

cyclists mounted those lamps on bikes... i wonder how much light they actually threw out?
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Originally Posted by cocoabeachcrab View Post
hard to believe
cyclists mounted those lamps on bikes... i wonder how much light they actually threw out?
Those carbide lamps can put out a lot of light. The carbide, when mixed with water, creates acetylene gas which can burn quite bright. Early lighthouses were powered by acetylene lamps.
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Those carbide lamps can put out a lot of light. The carbide, when mixed with water, creates acetylene gas which can burn quite bright. Early lighthouses were powered by acetylene lamps.
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amazing. were they a flammable hazard? if you crashed your bike, was there a risk of burn injury?
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Originally Posted by cocoabeachcrab View Post
amazing. were they a flammable hazard? if you crashed your bike, was there a risk of burn injury?
The important thing is that the flame isn't hot enough to hurt the steel frame, right? Gotta get your priorities straight.
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Originally Posted by as50x20 View Post
A recent build from what was, when purchased, an unknown frame. With help from the knowledgeable folks on this forum, I now know the frame is a 1973 Witcomb and even the frame builder! The builder was a gentleman named David Cotton, and I paid my respects to his work with a little custom decal.



That's a wet paint job, right? It looks great. I'm considering having a local builder do a wet paint job on my '71 Witcomb. He does a great job. The campy logo on the downtube is cool. I haven't seen many of those (I have one on my 1960 Olmo Gran Sport). The seatstay treatment on my Witcomb is the same as yours. It's neat. How did you figure out who the builder was?

This is mine. I bought it from the second owner and I know it has been repainted. I picked it up with a complete campy NR group and a Brooks saddle. This is how the bike came to me in the wild:

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Ms merziac's Call the Midwife tribute bike, idea was pilfered from here, this was a home run with her.



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Originally Posted by cocoabeachcrab View Post
amazing. were they a flammable hazard? if you crashed your bike, was there a risk of burn injury?
Yes to both. They got quite hot.
They had many uses however, before the advent of portable electric lights. Early car and motorcycle headlights were carbide. The searchlights used in WWII were acetylene powered. When I first started mountaineering in the very early seventies the old-timers would complain about how wimpy battery-powered head lamps were compared to the carbide lanterns they used in the past. I think the ones used for mountaineering and caving were developed for mining.
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About all I've got to share is this old 3 speed I sold a couple of months ago. Pretty much redid everything on it over the time I had it but still eventually had to admit it was too small for me.


AMF Hercules with a S/A three speed dated 1972.

I do have a pre-order in for a brand new Pashley Guv'ner which is based off the 1930's design.


Oh, and I did have an early 80's Bob Jackson. Quite the nice bike.

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