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Old 10-22-14, 06:14 AM
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Really sad. You might be able to find another as they come up for sale from time to time on Ebay at reasonable prices. While not being the same from an emotional perspective, it would be a close member of the same family. You could paint and build it up like yours was when it was first born.
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I'm rebuilding my 1980's Marinoni right now to take to the L'Eroica vintage festival in Tuscany next year, so that's my project for now. But if the press report a few posts up actually happens I'd be all over a new one - so long as it's true to the original design. But not holding my breath.
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Sadly, this is still in the project overhaul queue, as I have
been kinda jammed up since it arrived last year.

I should have time to put it on the road in the coming month
or two, and I anticipate the event with some eagerness.
...well, it turns out that a month or two is actually several years, but it is now finished and being ridden. Turned out to have way more issues than I anticipated.

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I have 2 1/2 Holdsworths - 2 bikes and a frame.

I bought this 1973 W.F. Holdswothy Competizione in team kit on eBay back in 2007. The seller went to extraordinary lengths to try to prove that it was a Holdsworth Professional.

I knew that it wasn't but I lusted for a Holdsworth in team colors and figured that if I didn't like it I could part it out.

It was a bit of a frankenbike: the stem was an old Gran Compe forged style with a .833 diameter quill made for a few early 70s US and Japanese bikes. It had Campy 3 arm Gran Sport cranks, Campy NR Derailleurs, headset and seatpost, HF Record hubs, Super Leggera pedals and a titanium rail Brooks Swift saddle. The brakes were Suntour Superbe Pro.

I changed the bars and stem, saddle and pedals and started riding it. It quickly became one of my favorite riding and handling bikes.

The frame is mystery. The catalog lists it as made with quality tubing??? It takes a 26.8mm seatpost. I suspect that it might be made of straight gage Reynolds 531.



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A few months later I found a 1973 Holdsworth Professional frame with Campy NR cranks, headset and seatpost. The paint shows a lot of patina but the original owner I bought it from got a lot of use out of it. Need to put it together.



The most recent Holdsworth is about a 1984 mystery frame that I got from the UK. It's made of Reynolds 753 tubing. I expected it to be a really smooth riding bike but it's probably the stiffest one that I own. It handles great though, corners like it's on rails.

Interesting thing about this frame is that it has rare Campy 1010B dropouts with fender eyelets.



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I've got what folks on here have said is an early 70's Mistral. I haven't been able to verify that yet. At some point, I'd like to redo this one back to period correct components, it's a nice riding frame.
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Originally Posted by otg
I've got what folks on here have said is an early 70's Mistral. I haven't been able to verify that yet.

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Thought I would share our Holdsworth Gemini
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Almost entirely original. I did upgrade a few areas. The brakes got an overhaul, some different water bottle set ups. etc...There are some additional picss in the flickr album.
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Hi I am new to this forum, and although I'm just a casual cyclist I wanted see if I could find out a little about my Holdsworth mountain bike. The model is a Holdsworth "Grasmere", frame number B502578. I bought it s/h around 8 years ago. I can find no mention of the model anywhere online, and I'm intrigued to know about it's age and anything else anyone might be able to tell me. I'm having a few problems uploading pictures so I'll add these later (hope that is OK). Many thanks.

EDIT: added photos and found a "Tange 5" sticker behind the baby seat mount I had on the bike. Looking this up it looks like the frame was originally intended to be a tourer?







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Old 05-29-15, 07:04 AM
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Hi all. A tough call with little detail, but if anyone can shed any light on this as far as date or anything goes I would appreciate it!

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This is my 1967 Holdsworth Italia. Serial Number 67117K. It was made at the Putney Shop on Richmond Rd where all the Pro Bikes were Hand made.
I bought it as a frameset as it would have been sold originally. Unfortunately it is a repaint.

It is not period correct. As I found out early in my quest "period correct" for a Bicycle made in 1967 is not an easy feet. As I like to ride all my Bikes I added a few modern conveniences. Like Mavic OP Rims with Suntour Sprint Hubs.

Eventually I will repaint it back to the original Yellow and try to source the original decals. I have a nice period Brooks B-17 Saddle for it I thought I would put on for the Photos but Brooks Saddles and my Butt do not get along. So I left it the way I ride it. This is absolutely the best all around Bicycle I have ever ridden.

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as repaints go I do like the color- thanks for sharing that!

I have posted mine in other threads (there is a similar Holdsworth thread with serial numbers) but here is my ~1982 mistral:

PS: I have a Lycett L'Avenir saddle on it and i really like it. better than the brooks i have (though the brooks is a b15)


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Old 09-17-15, 05:46 PM
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2 years ago I purchased what I believe is an early 1951 Holdsworth Sirocco frame directly from a gent in Rugby, England. I believe it is a true Sirocco as the S/N 13006 is several thousand less than the 1952 "Sirocco" Whirlwinds displayed on Classic Lightweights. I probably spent 100 hrs restoring this frame (a real learning process and another entire story) and built it up not true to its vintage, but with 70's kit in preparation for L'Eroica. Last year with some friends I spent 2 weeks touring Tuscany with this bike and true to British tradition took off the fenders and Carradice bag for the L'Eroica ride. It worked great! An extremely comfortable and responsive machine.
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I am not one for the extravagant lugs - preferring simple, elegant and functional in most cases. But that Sirocco is so Uber that I don't care. very nice - one of the top bikes i have seen on this forum.
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Here is my 1980 Holdsworth Mistral, recently used on a 200 km brevet in SoCal. What a lovely riding bike, Compass 32c tires, VO PBP rims, 2 x 8 speed, Woody's fenders. Not period correct but a wonderful bike to ride for any distance!




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Here is a ride report from the 200k. https://utahrandonneur.wordpress.com...tember-5-2015/
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Has anyone ever seen this Decal on a Holdsworth Frame? Seller says they are NOS and would have been on all "Shop Bikes" coming from Putney Road.


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never seen that decal, and though I DO own a 'shop' Holdsworth (as well as a "Holdsworthy" factory bike) that one may have been re-painted when I bought it, and certainly is repainted now.
I HAVE seen the "perspective" treatment of the HOLDSWORTH logotype used in some adverts and and promo material: check out the Team group photos on Kilgariff's site, for example...But I suspect that those materials might have been published by the factory (Holdsworthy) and not the shop so who had exclusive use of the "logotype" seems murky (like much of the relationship between those two entities).

EDIT: Looked at the Kilgariff catalog scans myself and seems that the pic I remembered was from a "SHOP" brochure in '74, and don't see that logotype treatment in any of the "FACTORY" catalogs, so it may be strictly a shop decal...except that in that year they were promoting (and selling) the Holdsworthy (factory) built professional team frame on that page of the SHOP'S brochure!
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Originally Posted by Oldairhead
Here is my 1980 Holdsworth Mistral, recently used on a 200 km brevet in SoCal. What a lovely riding bike, Compass 32c tires, VO PBP rims, 2 x 8 speed, Woody's fenders. Not period correct but a wonderful bike to ride for any distance!




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Here is a ride report from the 200k. https://utahrandonneur.wordpress.com...tember-5-2015/

Sweet looking bike. Are those wooden fenders?
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Sweet looking bike. Are those wooden fenders?
Yes, they are "Woody's Fenders" out of Bend Oregon. I original bought them for another bike and then didn't put them on so they have been laying around for a while. I like them on this bike however.
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My friend's Holdsworth that I was too lazy to sell earlier this year.

Cool bike.

[IMG]For sale!!!!!! by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Strange old Holdsworth???

Hi folks,

I acquired this strange old Holdsworth frameset while in the UK last month. The retrobike.uk member/moderator and vintage bike specialist that I bought it from thought that it was most likely from the 50s because of the serial number, dimensions and the fitments. Here are the details and pix if I can get them to attach.

Unfortunately, the head badge is gone. The space between the mounting holes is 2-3/16. The serial number on both bottom bracket and the steering tube is 1527. Yep, only four digits and very clear. The lugs look like plain Jane, short point, Prugnats. The braze-ons are limited to 2 brake cable stops on the top tube, one cable guide on the drive side of the bottom bracket, and one cable stop on the chain stay. The drop-outs are stamped. They have fender mount tabs that have been drilled and tapped. The rear OLD is 122mm, but may have been tweaked. The fork has a semi-sloping crown, but the OLD is only 95mm. Also, the fork drop-outs are 8.5mm, to accommodate an 8mm axle? These plus the stamped drop-outs could indicate old or cheap? The frame is 22 inches square, c-t-t. It uses a 26.2mm seat post Ė possibly straight 531? Standard English BB. Arched rear brake bridge for fender clearance. It was probably designed for 27 in. wheel. Lots of clearance for the 700c x 28s Iíve tried in it. The BB has a grease fitting on the underside and there is a lamp mount braze-on on the right fork blade.

It has very nice metallic Midnight Blue paint with a cream head tube and seat tube band. The paint has only a few scrapes, almost no rust and very, very few chips. Damn nice paint for a bike that could be 50 or 60 years old.

I research all of the various Holdsworth sites that I could find and havenít been able to glean any info about manufacture date or model. Any info or leads would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi there,
Does this frame possibly have an integral Allen key seat bolt clamp? This would point to a WF Holdsworth "Shop" build. However it does look very much like an early mid 60's factory Holdsworthy Typhoon which was launched in 1965. Prugnat lugs appeared with Holdsworth in 1963. No doubt you've been on Kilgariff's website. Perhaps this was an early Typhoon which would explain the semi-sloping crown not seen on later models. Serial numbers for the period '62-'64 are a bit murky according to additional info I have seen from Kilgariff. Check out this link (further down) for more info re Kilgariff's thoughts re serial numbers: True Adventures of the Retro Grupetto: Holdsworth Italia
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Does this frame possibly have an integral Allen key seat bolt clamp? This would point to a WF Holdsworth "Shop" build. However it does look very much like an early mid 60's factory Holdsworthy Typhoon which was launched in 1965. Prugnat lugs appeared with Holdsworth in 1963. No doubt you've been on Kilgariff's website. Perhaps this was an early Typhoon which would explain the semi-sloping crown not seen on later models. Serial numbers for the period '62-'64 are a bit murky according to additional info I have seen from Kilgariff. Check out this link (further down) for more info re Kilgariff's thoughts re serial numbers: True Adventures of the Retro Grupetto: Holdsworth Italia
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Shop builds would have forged Campag Dropouts. Also shop builds had thicker wrap around seat stays and the Head badge was held on with screws not rivets. "Shop builds" usually had the first 2 numbers of their serial nomber as the Year of Mfg.
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Re "Strange old Holdsworth"

I agree the frame in question does not have common characteristics of a Putney Shop build. Just my OCD surfacing re question of integral seat bolt clamp. Other than the fork crown, frame looks most like a factory built Typhoon - their most economical and a "winter" bike. By the way I am the proud owner of a '65 Typhoon.

The "Shop" did not start with their own numbering system until 1965 when as you mention they used the 1st 2 numbers as year of build. Prior to that they were given batches of numbers by the factory which drifted out of sync with factory numbers. Kilgariff, in link to letter in prior post, states "around 1962 or 63 the factory restarted their serials". This would explain the low serial number in frames built around 62 to 64 and according to couple of examples he gives would appear to place frame in question at c.1964. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Hi Folks,

Thanks for all of the great feedback. I suspected that it was a Typhoon, but the serial number didn't jive. Now that I know that Holdsworth restarted their numbering system in the early 60s, it all makes sense. Like so many club racers at the time, it was most likely set up as a 5-speed.

I'd love to have a Campy GS drive train for it, but initially I'll build it up as a single speed, retro/quasi path racer. Just like riding old English Steel!

Thanks again,

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Hello Henry (if still around),

This is a beautiful bike. Hard to imagine the Hurricane model with those beautiful lugs was at the lower end of the Holdsworth lineup! I have been collecting numbers to try and make sense of the sequencing and the period from 61 to 64 is a tad murky. With recent posts re Senior Ryder's probable '64 Typhoon with a 4 digit serial number and quote of Norman Kilgariff's observations, it would be interesting to know if your Hurricane also has a 4 digit number. I have a attempted a PM, but don't have the requisite number of posts.

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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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