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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:43 pm 
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Hi Neil,

Argos sounds familiar also but it sounds as though you have good knowledge regarding the bikes they built. I guess Dave may be able to hazard a guess. He's still offering coaching course out on the Wirral and he'd probably remember me, I chased him up and down the A1 on more than once occasion!

His frames were always very smart. Not many people had a 'Lloydy' when I got mine. Being a Manchester lad there were lots of Harry Hall bikes and the Merseyside riders generally turned up with Harry Quinn type bikes. There were lots of names on frames, almost every bike shop of repute had their name on a frame but I don't think that many of them made the frames so there must have been a small number of builders supplying quite a large group of resellers.

The most amazing experience was winning a 25 up at Catterick on the A1. It was a very blustery day and I chased down all my minute men in really difficult conditions. At the local tea room, near the finish I think every rider came for a look at my bike - as if the bike had some secret formula that made it so fast! Personally, it was tons of training miles and a bit of luck - but I have to admit, the bike did look the part for the time! I'd carefully modelled it so it fell into the style used by Cammish (Every), Phil Griffiths (Brian Rourke) and Alan Roberts and Dave Hinde on their Carless framesets.

If I get a further reply from Jake I will make an offer for my old frame. The intention being I would return it as close as possible to the original spec. I'm a member at a cycle training club called Cybele in Blackpool and it would be great to hang on the wall for everybody to have a look at. I'll drop you a line and let you know how I get on.

Thanks again for your postings. This would never had happened without your obvious enthusiasm.

Andy


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:37 pm 
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Thanks for the compliment Andy that's very kind of you.

We have a few TT riders past and present on the forum, Midlife, Old Ned and Nob to name but three. I have never been a competitive cyclist, bikes were just free transport when I was a kid, for fitness later into the 80's and 90's when I was a Martial Arts practitioner and instructor, and now a bit of a passion. I am also a relative newbie to road riding, MTB's being my thing for a long time... three of my Lloyds are MTB's.

Good luck with your purchase and rebuild, my 1978 frame is restored as a clubmans racer from that period (with lots of help from Midlife), and my Quantum 650 is as near a replica of Dave's own Q650 as I could make it, both get ridden, although maybe not quite as often as they should.

Please keep us all posted on your project.

Neil


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