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 Post subject: Chater Lea frames?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:25 am 
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I have what i thank maybe a Chater Lea frame and forks.
Given that they supplied lugs to other builders does anyone on that forum know anything about their frame numbers?
Lots of info about components and motor cycles but little about whole bicycles.


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You might find some useful info here:

http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/library/i ... C&tpage=15

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Chater Lea listed frames into the early 30's, but these were really old designs by then. Their cast lugs were used by such builders as Hetchins, right into the 1960's. The problem was the bracket shell being only 3/4 inch for the chainstays, when most builders were on 7/8 inch round/oval/round.. So Hetchins used 3/4 stays for his curly design, which were round, and if the rear end was a bit short left very little wheel clearance for the usual tyres (27 x 1 1/4).
Any chance of some close up detail pictures?


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