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1955 Holland Road/Path (pictures)

Old 04-17-13, 12:53 PM
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1955 Holland Road/Path (pictures)

I finally completed my winter build project.....OK Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring build but none the less, I've gotten it to the point I can just ride it and enjoy it.

The JA Holland firm was a small racing/club shop in Bromwich from the mid '30s until it closed in the 60's. Started by William Holland apparently doing repairs and repaints it was turned over to his son Jack Holland (J A Holland) sometime after WWII. This is when it appears the frame building began. The firm produced light weight club bikes in what seems to be fairly limited number. Records indicate that the #ing system ran month followed by year, this bike was built in April of 1955.

The bike features Track Ends, round track style Fork Blades, Double Plate Fork Crown, a non drilled Bridge, plus eyelets for fenders; hence the classifiation Road/Path or Road/Track. I prefer Road/Path for this one in keeping with it's British heritage and vintage.

I built it for everyday use, not as a "period correct - only on a sunny day - once a year ride". This bike will be ridden hard almost everyday. I have the good fortune to have two limited access routes within 1/2 of my work; one is a measured mile and the other approx 2 miles. So for lunch I do a little English Club style TT'ing for at least a portion of my daily ride. (the purpose of the stop watch other than it's it just so cool)

It's a mix of old and new. GB Brakes, stem and maes pattern bars, Terry stopwatch mount "a sweet" Ideale seat clamp (period) with Sun rims, Origin 8 hubs, Campy crank, MKS Stream pedals, Planet Bike fenders, Brooks Swallow, Carridice bag, no name alloy seat pin (new)

I decided on matte finish rims to better blend with the Campy crank and to hide the road dirt it will accumulate. 'nough said, here are the pictures

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^ note the brake lever is over the tape for quick removal for Track use.


Also, small wing nuts on the fenders for quick removal



Cloth tape and cork barends, note the brake adjuster on the lever









The frame and fork was purchased from Hilary Stone. Steve Willis owner/operator of the Bike Stand in Scotch Plains NJ aligned and cold set the frame. Franklin Frames replated and painted the fork, the rest of the paint is original. It is obvious on close inspection the frame is nearing 60 years old, the down tube was repainted sometime ago and the paint on the top tube is worn thin from thigh rubs. Overall it has a nice used but cared for appearance.

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3/32 chainline
74 gear inches
fixed/free hub runing only fixed
Campy SR Road Crank with tabs filed off 50T
24" C-T Seat Tube
24 C-CTop Tube (it's a big bike!)
Haven't put it on a scale but it's very light
27.2 seat post
Steerer is marked AP
700/25 Pacelas ( Black wall because I think it looks appropriate)
Thanks for looking.

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Old 04-17-13, 01:19 PM
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Beautiful!

I'm about to build up a similar frame from the period on loan from a friend. I'm looking for a period sensitive brake lever.

What headset are you using? Where did you source the stop watch mount? Surly cog?
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Old 04-17-13, 01:26 PM
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Lovely frame! Well done on the build too!
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Old 04-17-13, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Beautiful!

I'm about to build up a similar frame from the period on loan from a friend. I'm looking for a period sensitive brake lever.

What headset are you using? Where did you source the stop watch mount? Surly cog?
Thanks,

I had the lever for years, it pulls a GB Sport caliper marked Hinduminium. Nice stopping power considering it's probably 60+ years old.

It's a Campy Headset, which series....?.... I'm not up on such things, I could send a picture it you like?

The Watchclip and Cletimer stopwatch was a Christmas present

The cog is a Soma.
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No, I bought a Tange NJS headset as it was about as good as I was going to get without spending a lot of money on a Brampton or whatever the hell would have been period correct. I'll be using a GB Hinduminium caliper as well, just need to source a lever.
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If I remember I picked up the single GB lever for something like $20 plus $10 shipping off Ebay.uk. I've got another 1st generation GB lever but it's a short reach body and the lever has been crudley reformed for upright bars, plus it's missing the adjuster. If you want it, PM me, I'll toss it in the mail. I'll look through my parts boxes and see if I have any other single GB Levers
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1955 Holland Road/Path (pictures)

Turned out beautifully Velognome. So what do you think of the work Franklin did on the fork?
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Dang, I really like that. Good job.
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Turned out beautifully Velognome. So what do you think of the work Franklin did on the fork?
Thanks, it's a blast to ride too! The color and luster matches, chrome is flawless.......I think he did a perfect job.


Thanks for the compliments Lostarchitect & non_fixie...truthfully, it's easy when you start with a nice frame
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Love the Bell & Stopwatch combo, very classy.
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Thanks, more toys to play with...the stopwatch, that is.
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Ship this bike back to Holland at once! I want it! What a beauty and have fun with those lunch time TT's.
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Lovely old thing, that Swallow looks rather new though
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That's an awfully nice bike. Well done! Now, don't let it be a wall hanger, young man!
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WOW! I love it! Fantastic work!
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Very nice and quite utilitarian for everyday use.
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Beautiful! Nice work.
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Italuminum-not a chance
47p2- yup, but not for long
nlerner- not to worry
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This is one of my favorite bikes ever. The seatstay finishing is perfect.

Wonderful build, Velognome!
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Wow, that is perfect. I think I'll copy the wingnut fender attachment on my all-rounder!
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Very, very cool!
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Very cool on the wing nuts! I was considering the same thing only using wing bolts but they don't come cheap! local hardware store has m5 threaded wing bolts for three bucks and change each!
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Very cool on the wing nuts! I was considering the same thing only using wing bolts
That was my original idea & attempt, but the threading on the eyelets is not BS, maybe Whitworth? I didn't want to cut new threads so I went with a SS Allen head bolt that is slightly smaller then treaded the wingnut on. But ya, wing bolts would be the way to go, maybe in the future.
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I have access to NOS wingnuts for front and rear axles- it would look nice with them

send me pm if interested...
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