This is my recent purchase a Pollard of coventry late 1940's or early 50's frame set i have just aquired from Grumpycommuter , sadly i thinks its about an inch or 2, too small for me after putting a set of wheels on it to try for size . i had to have about 5 inch of seat post out , but going to try a set of bars on it along with saddle and have another trial sitting for size.
the other aim of quickly putting wheels on was to see if 27" wheels would fit or not and they seem to fit fine so that backs up original history , but i geuss i could run 26" if i wanted to .
its a 19 1/2" frame from centre of cottered crank to centre of seat pinch bolt and 22 1/4" along the top tube with a 41" wheelbase and from centre of crank to rear most point of rear wheel drop out slot is aprox 18 1/4" , feel nice and light so geussing 531 tubing but no stickers or indication takes a 27.2 seat post along with a 22.2 mm stem .
chrome work is best described as poor but must have looked stunning when new , paintwork is useable if you wanted to but again would look fantastic re finished .
below is what i know about its history
The guy who grumpycommuter got it off had it his garage since the 60's hence the poorish state of the paintwork. The man he had it off had it from new and he remembers the guy going off to tour europe on it post war. He thinks that this was 49 / 50 ish. So could be probably 3 or 4 years either side. It came with 26'' conloy constrictors on harden hubs which certainly makes it very early 50's. Pollard were based in coventry but later had a shop in Bedworth nr Nuneaton. they were still around till the early 80's but sadly gone now. There is a frame no. on the bottom bracket but its been painted over.
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