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Old 10-28-13, 05:17 AM
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Here is my Randonneur

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Old 10-28-13, 05:23 AM
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Old 10-28-13, 03:29 PM
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I didn't know the British still had it in them - as nice as bikes can possibly be!
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It is with a very heavy heart that I'm selling my 1967 Holdsworth Italia Team frame. Bob Addy's 1968 Tour de France machine.
1967 Holdsworth Italia Team Frame/Fork. ex Bob Addy. Tour de France. Campagnolo. | eBay
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Old 04-07-14, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by BurtReynolds531
It is with a very heavy heart that I'm selling my 1967 Holdsworth Italia Team frame. Bob Addy's 1968 Tour de France machine.
1967 Holdsworth Italia Team Frame/Fork. ex Bob Addy. Tour de France. Campagnolo. | eBay
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Nice frame.

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Hello. I didn't notice the membership. Purchased and apologies.

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Nice frame.

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Hello all.

First post here, so please bear with me. I have owned my Father's bike for the past twenty years. It is a 'Worthy' Holdsworth, bought second-hand in 1945. It's believed to have been built pre-war, and also believed to be from Accles and Pollock tubing, though we're not 100% sure on that. If that is so, it's likely to be a Typhoon from the mid to late 1930s as that was the only model in that tubing at that time.
It has pencil rear stays, surprisingly steep seat and head angles, round-section forks (same number on steerer as seat lug), simple lug work, and has been resprayed in the original maroon with white box lining as per the original, but without transfers, but done back in the 1950s. Chainset is Chater-Lea, bottom bracket is TDC, bars (originally North Road we think) are now Lauterwasser, saddle the original Brooks B17, and Bluemels white guards. Pedals are CL as well. Brakes are GB Hinduminium Coureur, but think they are a later anachronism! Headset is a Brampton with a clip, stem unknown and unbranded light steel chromed.
Serial number is 4913; yes, a 4-digit number on both steerer tube and seat lug; 4913. Can anyone date it from that number, and perhaps more of a challenge, come up with a model when new?

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Chrisbeeching, I'm no real help to you, but that looks like a real gem. My advice would be to get it in out of the weather, carefully remove the rust, pull the seatpost and make sure there's some grease on it; same for the stem. It's a pretty special bike, more so since it was your dad's. Do you still ride it?
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Here's mine...
It's a 1964 Hurricane. Was gold, now blue\grey and cream. Fitted with GranSport gears, Williams crank, Universal '61 brakes, 70's Mavic Module 3s and GB Spearpoint stem and GB engraved bars.
It's hanging up at the Roll for the Soul bike cafe in Bristol city centre.
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That's a nice bit of kit, and I'd be all over it, except...neither of my Holdsworths are "Team orange and Kingfisher blue", it would clash. ;(
Maybe you should check the authenticity of your frame?
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Old 08-09-14, 06:26 PM
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Its a work in progress.. Its just a frame now and Im building it up.

Here are the specs

Brakes, Weinmann center pull
shifters Suntour bar con
F der Suntour Cyclone
R der Suntour Cyclone
Cranks Sugino AT
Hubs Sanshin sealed
rims Wienmann concave
cog Suntour winner ultra 7
Chain Sedis sport silver
H bars Cinelli
Stem Cinelli
S post Campy NR
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Old 08-21-14, 09:19 AM
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I went to the Cirque du Cyclisme show in Leesburg this spring, mostly to hang out with [MENTION=172428]photogravity[/MENTION] and [MENTION=138166]kona[/MENTION]Aaron Snake and to try to sell a few freshly recovered leather saddles. While I was there an old frame caught my eye. It had interesting lugwork, dreadful paint, and a very odd assemblage of aftermarket modifications. The seller assured me it was a Holdsworth "531 Special" frame, from the mid 70's, to which some things had been added, such as:

--brake cable guides on the top of the top tube
--two sets of water bottle cage bosses, both on the top of the down tube
--down tube cable stops for bar end shifters
--a complete set of four dropout eyelets
--a second complete set of four dropout eyelets, different from the last
--seat stay mounts for a luggage rack

Notable is the absence of cable guides at the bottom bracket!

I had no intention to come home with another frame, but the price dropped, and dropped, and dropped, until I forked over some nicely printed pieces of paper and took the frame home with me.

As I said, the paint was dreadful. I removed it.


Paint off, I learned that the frame had no serial number; there's one on the fork steerer, as to be expected, but none on the frame. And there was various evidence --a lot of file marks-- that the whole BB shell had been (very competently) replaced at some point. Hmm.

Distrustful, I built it up as a 650b conversion before even painting it:


And then I rode it around a bit. I liked it. In fact, I liked the bare steel look so much I was tempted to just clearcoat the thing; but it was June by then, prime bike painting season, so I built a scrap plywood box, spray painted the inside black, cut scrap lucite to serve as a lid. That's my baking oven. Then I sprayed on some primer, and mixed two colors of Rustoleum, the kind you brush on, and brushed it on. Sitting in the solar oven, my oven thermometer read 250 F inside this box!
Being in a hurry, I skimped on the wet sanding between coats. After a couple weeks sitting in the baking sun, I applied home made decals and some box lining of the "quick and sloppy" variety. That's a couple Sharpie paint pens....



Sadly, the box lining faded when covered with clearcoat. But I put it back in the sun....


And a couple weeks later built it up again.



Not happy with the way I routed the wires for the lights, I made copper mounts for the lights and ran the wires inside the fenders and through the frame:



This is a racing frame. But all those frame modifications made it into something like a touring frame. So... I'm taking it on tour in a few days! Loaded and ready to go....


Weight, as shown, 80 lbs.
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Old 08-21-14, 10:27 AM
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Here's the specs of the frame from the 1976 catalog.



The fork crown is different, but photos of actual bikes show the same crown as mine. All other frame details match, including head badge holes, which I filled.

My decals, obviously, are grossly anachronistic. No one is ever going to think this is original paint!
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Old 08-21-14, 10:38 AM
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I'm gobsmacked. Enjoy the heck out of it on your tour.
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Exceptional looker you have there RHM.
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The process made me chuckle; the result is fantastic. Well done indeed.
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Old 08-21-14, 01:54 PM
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Thanks, guys! I did this partly as an experiment to see how tough this brushed-on enamel might be. I painted my Fothergill in a similar, but less involved, fashion; and that paint is terribly fragile. So the test is, doing better prep, and baking the paint, do I get a tougher coat? We shall see. I'm going to ride this bike.
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Old 09-08-14, 10:03 AM
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Hello.....


Can someone please help me identify this holdsworth model?


Its in pretty bad shape, but I am looking to restore it. Any help would much be appreciated.


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also...............

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I have figured this much out so far.........


Bike has agrati drop outs, bayliss-wiley hub, brooks professional saddle, R.H. Maes handlebar, the headbadge is pre 1955? (older version)....it probably had a lyotard racing pedals and williams chainset, regina gran sport freewheel and 3/32 chain. Number stamped on drop outs is 17,685 and I presume this is the production number for the frame.
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Never seen that headbadge before, but that means nothing. Clearly you have figured out the approximate era...I'm eager to hear what real Holdsworth experts have to say.
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Originally Posted by colisouth
Hello.....


Can someone please help me identify this holdsworth model?


Its in pretty bad shape, but I am looking to restore it. Any help would much be appreciated.


I'm wondering if i will even come apart. How about an oxalic bath after the saddle comes off?
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Some news

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/n...o-Britain.html

Holdsworth Trentino Shimano 105 Carbon Road Bike | Planet X
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Sadly here is all that remains of my 1970 Holdsworth Professional. I purchased the frame at the Putney shop as a 14 year old and had it shipped back to the states. I think that makes it one of the first WFH Pro frames this side of the pond. Raced it for many years. Foolishly had it was refinished from orange/turquoise to red in the late 1980's. Rode it quite a bit until it I discovered that it was rusting from the inside. I've owned at least 15 bikes since but it remained my most special until it became unsafe to ride. I kept this as a keepsake.
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