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 Post subject: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:37 pm 
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I purchased this frame last year on ebay with the intention of building up a singlespeed commuter. The frame is pretty scruffy and really needs a respray but I've no idea if it's worth restoring or not.
I've done a bit of research on the net and it seems Tower Cycles was a bike shop run by a guy named Alan Richards. I've looked at loads of pictures on google and found a similar frame but with the name Major Nicholls on it.

Does anyone have any info on either of these guys? and is it worth me restoring it ?

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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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oooppps, picture didn't work

https://www.flickr.com/photos/98377634@N08/9193165280/

hope this link works


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:08 pm 
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As far as I know Alan Richards bought in some of the frames he sold at Tower Cycles. There were a lot of quality builders in the Birmingham area at that time, but there's a good possibility Major Nicholls was building frames for him. If that's the case then its definitely worth restoring, Major was renown as one of the best if not the best builder in Birmingham. If you've not already seen it there's lots of info about Major and the cycle shops of Birmingham in this link:

http://www.blackcountrysociety.co.uk/ar ... cholls.htm

One thing that is never very clear is what frame number Major used for other shops. It would be worth looking at yours, hopefully it begins MN :)


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:08 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the reply.
The 3rd picture down looks very much like my frame but with different decals


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:16 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Apart from mine being a geared frame.


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:10 pm 
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VassagoJay wrote:
Thanks for the reply.
The 3rd picture down looks very much like my frame but with different decals


Is there a frame number under the bottom bracket?


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:12 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Can't get to the bike at the minute, but there is no MN, just a two digit number.


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:11 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I've also got a Richards/Tower Cycles. Its a light well made frame. I'm sure there is another thread or two on this forum on the bikes. I also vaguely remember MN being ruled out as the frame builder.


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:29 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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If you look at this picture. https://www.flickr.com/photos/98377634@ ... otostream/

The way the seat stays overlap the top tube made me think it may be a MN. Many of his frames had this style. None of the Richards ones seem to have that style.


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 Post subject: Re: Tower cycles
PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Ignore that last post, I've just found another on the net the same.


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