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Old 03-27-23, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Senior Ryder 00

According to the serial number (43318) itís probably a 1975 Holdsworth. It doesnít have a model label, but appears to be a Mistral.


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This post caught my eye while I was doomscrolling--I happen to be rebuilding this bike's just-older sister, SN43317 1975 Holdsworth Mistral right now! It's completely stripped and awaiting some much-needed restomodifications before it gets repainted, but here's an as-found pic:


Cool to see two bikes that were clearly made together in here.
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I'm calling this incarnation 'elegant rat-rod'..... '79 Professional. A lot of fun to ride.

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Finally got this put together and out for a very short test ride. 1954 Monsoon, the lugs are what hooked me...


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Spottted on eBay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/134656150531

I've got an ongoing search on eBay for a tandem, and this came up. It looks a bit ropey, but it may be of interest to someone here. Sadly my partner wouldn't be able to get on it, and I already have a 1980 Mistral in the garage to do up, otherwise I'd have grabbed it, especially given the location.
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Originally Posted by trgz
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/134656150531

I've got an ongoing search on eBay for a tandem, and this came up. It looks a bit ropey, but it may be of interest to someone here. Sadly my partner wouldn't be able to get on it, and I already have a 1980 Mistral in the garage to do up, otherwise I'd have grabbed it, especially given the location.
That's a beautiful, high-performance tandem. Someone ought to tend to it, at-least strip and prime, before the rust gets any more established. I believe the '80 Mistral has the same font and font size as on the seat-tube of this tandem, so the tandem should be from about the same era.
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PilotFishBob, Monsoon is my favorite Holdsworth. Nice selection of components. Were the double shift-lever boss braze-ons standard on this year Monsoon, or were they by-request?
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Echoplex, that looks really nice. I did my Moser bars in aero, too. Did you bevel the skirt on the B17, or is that just the bottom of the skirt?
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
PilotFishBob, Monsoon is my favorite Holdsworth. Nice selection of components. Were the double shift-lever boss braze-ons standard on this year Monsoon, or were they by-request?
Hey @1989Pre, the brazons type indicates a later addition, probably when the bike was repainted. That's the one detail of the bike I'm not super happy about but I can deal with it. I wasn't sure about the Campy dropout / hanger at first either, but it has the little spring hole drilled in it and appears to be early Gran Sport and so appears to be original.

I took it out on a 30 mile ride yesterday after reducing some front hub rumble. It rides as nice as it looks, I'm a happy camper.
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Originally Posted by PilotFishBob
Finally got this put together and out for a very short test ride. 1954 Monsoon, the lugs are what hooked me...
I know what you mean:



white undercoat on a 1961 Cyclone I'm currently painting.
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Originally Posted by PilotFishBob
Hey @1989Pre, the brazons type indicates a later addition, probably when the bike was repainted. That's the one detail of the bike I'm not super happy about but I can deal with it. I wasn't sure about the Campy dropout / hanger at first either, but it has the little spring hole drilled in it and appears to be early Gran Sport and so appears to be original.

I took it out on a 30 mile ride yesterday after reducing some front hub rumble. It rides as nice as it looks, I'm a happy camper.
I believe that at the time, one could order double shift lever boss braze-ons, especially on top models like the Monsoon (and the Grubb Perfection that Holdsworth was then building).
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Originally Posted by Aardwolf
I know what you mean:



white undercoat on a 1961 Cyclone I'm currently painting.
Not only are they ornate, but the filing job is excellent, too.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
Not only are they ornate, but the filing job is excellent, too.
Yep, the quality of the lug work is great.
The lugs are also thinned. you can see it in places, and the brazing is about perfect.
Much better than my £20 1952 Bertin.
I decided not to repair/smooth the rust damage on the lugs, that's part of the history, and it's getting about 10 layers of paint anyway.


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Oooh, I've got the next post after showing my lugs
This has to get a mention is this thread.

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Rides really nicely, more lively than my Avanti (non butted 531) but I'm still dialling it in.
And even better the brakes don't squeal !!!! (2mm toe in)




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Here is the tiny 1981 Holdsworth Special that I purchased today. The crankset is Avocet, the hubs are Avocet and the rims are Ambrosio. The rest of the components are pretty much lower end. I plan on breaking it down and build it back up with Shimano 600 components which I have in my parts bin. I paid $30 for it and doubt whether I will have to spend any more on it. I think it will be going to my granddaughter when she gets older. We can ride our Holdsworth's together. I will post a picture when completed.

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Originally Posted by rjhammett
Here is the tiny 1981 Holdsworth Special that I purchased today. The crankset is Avocet
Be careful with that -- at least some generations of Avocet cranks use a rare bottom bracket which is 68mm but Italian threaded.
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It was British threaded.

Originally Posted by mhespenheide
Be careful with that -- at least some generations of Avocet cranks use a rare bottom bracket which is 68mm but Italian threaded.
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The Bicycle magazine, November 8 1950

Get the latest on Holdsworth new models for 1951!

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Here is a picture of the Holdsworth Special I posted earlier after I did a complete rebuild. I went with Suntour Cyclone components which I had in my parts bin(s). I replaced basically everything except the wheels.


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Originally Posted by rjhammett
Here is a picture of the Holdsworth Special I posted earlier after I did a complete rebuilt. I went with Suntour Cyclone components which I had in my parts bin(s).
Pretty damn hard to beat Cyclones performance-wise when it comes to friction shifting.
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