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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:05 pm 
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Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 7:07 pm
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Location: Cotswolds
The best I can do is suggest streetview of the shop I bought in 1960, for £1300.
If you have google earth, enter BS6 5RB in the search. Open streetview,move a little towards the railway bridge, and the turquoise shop labelled portadella is on the right. I paid for it in the first year.
The road is the main A38, this is where Dave Duffield gave me a huge wave as he was heading for John a Groats and the end to end trike record.
If you move towards the bridge there is a shop called Allsorts, which I bought in 1977, I was the commercial video specialist for the SW area.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:15 pm 
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Location: In the village
Why did you sell the straight stayed Hetchins and not the curly stayed Hetchins from stock ?

The curly ones do seem to command a premium over the straight stayed, I assume the build quality is the same, but how about the ride?

When I was a kid I used to see a bunch ride regularly through Upminster in Essex, I assume they were on their way to Southend or somewhere like that.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:40 pm 
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Location: Cotswolds
The curly hetchins had 3/4 inch round chainstays and tended to be longer, or had very little wheel clearance between the chainstays. The straight stays should be stronger and round/oval/round, but this is all typical where collectable does not mean quality.
I have a pic somewhere of myself on a 21" curly hetchins in 1958 in the Bath Victoria Park road race.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:47 am 
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Location: Cumbria
I was sent to deliver and pick up frames from our local refinishers ( wenlock platers) and I had to sling them over the shoulder and carry them on my Falcon San Remo :)

Happy days

Shaun


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