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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:18 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I recently completed restoration of a c. 1968 Harry Quinn "Road Champion". This was bought on eBay (USA) back in 2006 as a repainted (poorly) frameset and repainted by Circle A Cycles and fitted out in period correct style.

A beautiful example of framebuilding art from this famous builder with his characteristic fastback stays (one of the first to employ this) giving a very responsive ride.

Full details and more pix here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9157103@N0 ... 650532301/


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:55 am 
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What a fantastic looking machine.

Love to see some more detailed images. Is that a Brooks or Lycett saddle. Notice it has a Britannia (?) pump too...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:54 am 
Dirt Disciple

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stunning!
where did you find the head-tube decal?
what tubing is it?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:17 am 
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that is just beyond bike porn...perfect in every way...salut!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:37 am 
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kohl57@yahoo.com wrote:
A beautiful example of framebuilding art from this famous builder with his characteristic fastback stays (one of the first to employ this) giving a very responsive ride.


Tom Board is the framebuilder most commonly attributed with this style of seatstay - there was correspondence on this very subject in 2011 in News & Views magazine.

I have a Jenson built Geoffrey Butler that predates this Quinn by several years and employs this style of stay.

Nervex also produced this as a catalogue item.

Nice bicycle, but showing a great deal of stem extension and a most peculiar saddle position.

Roadking.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:27 pm 
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Nice bicycle, but showing a great deal of stem extension and a most peculiar saddle position.

Roadking.

some people have to find to find fault in everything.... :roll:

Great restoration :D


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:35 pm 
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oldmuthariley wrote:
Nice bicycle, but showing a great deal of stem extension and a most peculiar saddle position.

Roadking.

some people have to find to find fault in everything.... :roll:

Great restoration :D


As people in california say...
" if you want to avoid earthquakes, don't dwell on faults..."

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:52 pm 
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HQDP wrote:
stunning!
where did you find the head-tube decal?
what tubing is it?


Lloyds supplied the decals. The tubing is most likely Reynolds 531. Quinns of this era seldom have tubing transfers and I think this was because they were painted by an outside contractor (G&C Finishers, Liverpool) who probably never got the transfers from the tubing sets or something.

Takes a 27.0 seatpin so most likely Reynolds


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Beautiful, love the vibrant colour too. Was noticing the full length pump and admiring with envy. On a steel diamond frame a pump doesn't look out of place at all, hugely functional, and can sometimes add to the detailing. Fast forward and we've all got over heavy muscles from silly minipumps :(


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:00 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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wallonie11 wrote:
Beautiful, love the vibrant colour too. Was noticing the full length pump and admiring with envy. On a steel diamond frame a pump doesn't look out of place at all, hugely functional, and can sometimes add to the detailing. Fast forward and we've all got over heavy muscles from silly minipumps :(


Yep, love these big chunky Britannia pumps with the cool logo. I was riding my Falcon San Remo last year with the same pump and actually had a young rider ask "what's the white cylinder thing"? Yikes.

The saddle is a Brooks Swallow.

As for the colour, one can (or shouldn't) be bashful about picking colours for 50s-60s British road iron... I think their bold paint jobs, lavish lug lining, lashings of chrome and transfers are what makes them so distinctive and appealing.


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