I thought I would "out" this here before trying/having to sell it.
This frame was originally bought in 1985 from Stanley McBride over in Merseyside who took on the MKM name and business from Adam Hill after his ill-fated attempt to revive his frame building business. The MKM history is documented here:
It was my first "hand made" frame bought to replace my much missed Raleigh Competition someone nicked. Made from 531 Special Lightweight and painted in a fantastic metallic white with orange lug lining and gold transfers it looked the biz until a clumsy landlord spilled creosote over it in the garage!
Here's a scan of a rather blurry old 'photo:
In the 90s it was re-sprayed a dark green which it still sports today. I built it up a while back with a view to racing again in Cammish's Old Skool TT series but I never got around to it and now the series has died a death. BITD I never had a "time trial" bike even though that was all I ever rode so the rebuild was an opportunity to make a bike purpose built for flat courses using some of my favourite parts.
One thing has puzzled me lately and that is 531SL was discontinued in 1983 so how come my frame was made 2 years later in that tubing? This combined with the frame number of A81.40 makes me wonder if it was an old frame that Stanley got as part of the stock when he bought the business rather than one built in 1985 using old tubing lying around.
Anyway here are some pics of the current build.
Replacement original 531SL fork decal which I thought was a seat tube one when I bought it
. I'll probably get some vinyl ones off eBay from that chap in Australia or H Lloyd. The Wagner/Vagner fork crown was "breathed on" by Stanley for aero reasons presumably.
Gipiemme "no window" dropouts on the rear end are again more aero than standard.
The spec is as follows:
Frame: Reynolds 531SL with Prugnat? lugs and Gipiemme dropouts
Fork: Reynolds 531SL with Wagner/Vagner crown and Gipiemme dropouts
Headset: Tange Passage - new
Stem: Cinelli 1A 12cm - original
Handlebar: Cinelli Top64 Ergo - with cable grooves
Bar Tape: Deda - new
Brake Levers/Brifters: Dia Compe Aero Gran Compe - NOS hoods
Brake Calipers: Dia Compe Aero Gran Compe
Brake Pads: Dia Compe - original
Brake Cables: Clarks - new
Shifters: Suntour Micro Ratchet - original faves from the 80s
Front Derailleur: None
Rear Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone 7000 - always had a soft spot for Suntour mechs
Derailleur Cables: Campag
Cassette: Suntour Ultra 6 13-18 - original top freewheel
Chainrings: 50T single from triple set
Bottom Bracket: TA double - single was too short
Rims: FiR Isidis tubular - great rims lighter than GP4 but strong
Hubs: Mavic 500 - superb hubs
Hub Skewers: Mavic
Nipples: Yep, brass ones
Spokes: Double butted stainless 3x front and rear
Tyres: Vittoria CX tubs
Saddle: Turbo Super
Seatpost: El cheapo from my MTB!
Seatpost Binder: Gipiemme allen key fitting
Bottle Cage: None
Weight: As pictured 8.6kg or 18lb 15oz
Bit of a rambling post so apologies for that. It will have to be sold so this is it's epitaph for me really. I do wonder if it has much appeal as it is a bit of a mish-mash. What do you guys think?