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Old 12-15-09, 04:28 PM
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Oh Lord sced !

I wish you hadn't shown that to me!!!

Croydon's only about a half hour drive away. The wife will divorce me. Maybe the price will be higher than the best offer I can manage?

That is a beautiful frame. I can't possibly deserve another one? I'm going to try very hard to resist temptation...........
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Fresh find...

Stumbled across this mid seventies Holdsworth Equipe a few days ago. Too big for me but some neat upgrades make for a pretty decent find. I really like these old English bicycles and wish that I could find the right one in the right size for me.
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Old 12-16-09, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller
Oh Lord sced !

I wish you hadn't shown that to me!!!

Croydon's only about a half hour drive away. The wife will divorce me. Maybe the price will be higher than the best offer I can manage?

That is a beautiful frame. I can't possibly deserve another one? I'm going to try very hard to resist temptation...........
Life is short and maybe it'll go cheap. You'll have nightmares for years and your health will fade. Carpe diem! You could always pledge to sell one of your others and then foot drag. Damn that fountain of temptation Ebay!
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Old 12-16-09, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Stumbled across this mid seventies Holdsworth Equipe a few days ago. Too big for me but some neat upgrades make for a pretty decent find. I really like these old English bicycles and wish that I could find the right one in the right size for me.
That block lettering seems to have trouble staying on the panels. Here's another on Ebay in a similar state.

https://cgi.ebay.com/Holdsworth-62cm-...item3ca84c7fea

Mine came with said lettering in 1973 and it didn't stay on too well either. I remember that each letter was a separate decal and all were raised a bit to make them susceptible to chipping off during the various adventures that befell the bike, like rubbing your foot against the frame whilst mounting. When I did the latest repaint (#4) earlier this year I got vinyl decals that were one-piece for the whole HOLDSWORTH blocks and then clear coated them under. I've ridden it quite a bit and don't think that I'll see the same degree of failure.
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Originally Posted by sced
That block lettering seems to have trouble staying on the panels. Here's another on Ebay in a similar state.

https://cgi.ebay.com/Holdsworth-62cm-...item3ca84c7fea

Mine came with said lettering in 1973 and it didn't stay on too well either....
I've been wondering about that ebay frame. The large size is tempting, the large price less so. But with a 26.4 mm seat post, is it really 531? straight gauge, I presume?
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Old 12-16-09, 07:10 AM
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Don't know about the tubing, but the Reynolds sticker on the seat tube my 73 didn't last long. It wasn't cleared over or protected in any way. Hopefully the experts will chime in. FWIW, the metal badge on the head tube Ebays for about $35.
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I just got a 1956 zephyr frameset and need some help equipping it. Anyone got some shellwin hubs or harden hubs? Chater lea cranks would be nice. Or some bh airlites. I dont know exactly how to go about finishing it so ill get some pictures and take suggestions.
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Originally Posted by rhm
I've been wondering about that ebay frame. The large size is tempting, the large price less so. But with a 26.4 mm seat post, is it really 531? straight gauge, I presume?
those Equipes have the Team Colours, but they are a budget model: the tubing is conspicuously not specified in '70s Holdsworthy Catalogs, but the fork is: and it alone has 531 blades. Before '76 these did not have a 531 decal on the forkblades and could be had in Team livery as an option, by '76 they only came in the Orange with Kingfisher Blue panels and with Campagnolo Valentino gears. So...this eBay unit is very much overpriced.
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Old 12-17-09, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by unworthy1
those Equipes have the Team Colours, but they are a budget model: the tubing is conspicuously not specified in '70s Holdsworthy Catalogs, but the fork is: and it alone has 531 blades. Before '76 these did not have a 531 decal on the forkblades and could be had in Team livery as an option, by '76 they only came in the Orange with Kingfisher Blue panels and with Campagnolo Valentino gears. So...this eBay unit is very much overpriced.
Thanks, that confirms my suspicions.
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An original beauty on Ebay, but dang that shipping.....

https://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-HOLDSWOR...item4ced907587
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Well, I can't wait any longer so here goes.

My 1956 holdsworth zephyr.
I've been communicating with a wheelmaker who says he will have my 40hole rim made by the first week of march, upon building the wheels I will just need the pedals and the brakes.
Equipped: williams crankset
Bayliss wiley bottom bracket
Coventry chain
Milremo hubs 40/32
Milremo bars and stem
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I also have a set of GB bars and stem that will have my brakes mounted for easy track readiness.
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Old 02-09-10, 01:01 PM
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On the subject of 40H rims, it's remarkably easy to lace a 40H hub to a 32H rim; you need two spoke sizes, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward. A lot easier than finding a 40H rim, anyway.
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Originally Posted by rhm
On the subject of 40H rims, it's remarkably easy to lace a 40H hub to a 32H rim; you need two spoke sizes, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward. A lot easier than finding a 40H rim, anyway.
what is the spoke spacing? And why 2 lengths of spoke?
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Originally Posted by AL NZ
what is the spoke spacing? And why 2 lengths of spoke?
The spoke spacing depends on the flange size. You have 8 holes you're not going to use, so four on each flange; so you use four holes, skip one, use four, and so on. The end result is that your spoke heads are unevenly spaced; 16 spokes end up a little shorter than they would be if evenly spaced (maybe 1 or 2 mm); 16 end up a bit longer (maybe 3 or 4 mm).

The math is beyond my abilities, but lacing the wheel up is not that tricky.
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holdsworth 1982 "nuovo record" in production for a year, know of 3 others - all i the usa and forum members here. maybe one of the rarer frames?
now fitted with ERGO levers

and my just built 1975 super mistral single speed - built for about 75 including the repaint
replacement tange chrome forks cost me 5
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Old 04-23-10, 06:34 AM
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Some Holdsworth beauties on Ebay right now....but that shipping is sooo high.

https://cgi.ebay.com/22-5-Holdsworth-...5a8bec7b7#shId

https://cgi.ebay.com/1970s-Holdsworth...item35a8bed052

https://cgi.ebay.com/1968-Special-Hol...item35a8bedf71

https://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-HOLDSWOR...item4aa08ce12c
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Back in '81 & still in HS bought a Holdsworth Elan. Took that bike all over the place with me during my travels in the USAF. In 2004 got an overseas assignment & failed to take it with me, opting to take my MTB instead. Long story short, my wife gave the bike away. I wasn't sure I wanted to come home after that! Am always on the lookout for that bike & maybe, just maybe, I'll run across her.
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Old 04-29-10, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Bellet
Back in '81 & still in HS bought a Holdsworth Elan. Took that bike all over the place with me during my travels in the USAF. In 2004 got an overseas assignment & failed to take it with me, opting to take my MTB instead. Long story short, my wife gave the bike away. I wasn't sure I wanted to come home after that! Am always on the lookout for that bike & maybe, just maybe, I'll run across her.
And you stayed married to her????...just teasing.
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1987 Holdsworth Gemini
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That is lovely - can you list the components, and what do you know about it's age/serial number etc?
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Doh, 1987 Holdsworth...
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This beauty will be at my door on Tuesday. These are the previous owner's pics.

I can't wait!

All Campagnolo NR full Reynolds 531 frame. Pretty much my dream bike:









I have quite enough projects lined up. This bike is simply going to be tuned up and ridden I don't see a thing I would want to change about it.
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Old 05-01-10, 09:41 AM
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All Campagnolo NR full Reynolds 531 frame. Pretty much my dream bike:
Good show! What a beauty. I sometimes bring my Holdsworth into my office while working just so I can look at it and touch it at will. My wife thinks I'm nuts but at last count she had 47 pairs of shoes!
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And you stayed married to her????...just teasing.
I did, but remind her every once in a while.
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My 1969 Professional, configured for l'Eroica 2009, give or take a few teeth on the small chainring.
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