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So, here are a couple of phone snaps of my current rebuild based around a Pat Hanlon Criterium frame in 531DB dating from 1969; very much a work in progress.
The frame was bought on-line from a well-known purveyor of vintage kit so I don’t have any details as to its previous life. The plain paintwork looks to be original and there are no decals other than a silver Huret Derailleurs sticker on the top tube and no headbadge. Generally the frame is in sound condition but tatty and it looks as if it has been stored at the back of a dry shed for years.
The frame came with fitted with a Campag BB which was a bonus, although when I stripped it down the fixed cup was mysteriously stamped ‘de in Engl’; this was in pretty good nick but I replaced the balls. The headset was in poor condition and was replaced with an alloy Genetic Cranium which appears quite in keeping. I had a Mavic stem with Cinelli Criterium bars that were fitted to a now defunct Coventry Eagle that I fished out of a skip 20 years ago (never throw anything away!) that seem just the job. Nouvo Record Strada chainset (52/42) was bought on line, this was in quite poor condition but seems to have cleaned up relatively well and is fitted with MKS track pedals. Derailleur is N Record with a Record (I think) front mech; Campag band on levers were built up with the best bits of a number of sets.
Campag NT LF hubs were obtained from EBay and as these were the first wheels that I had built I used some modern rims, so it is currently running on Rigida Chrinas – built with Sapim double butted spokes, which are great, but I appreciate are nowhere near correct; these are fitted with Vittoria Rubinos. Campag GS brake callipers (rear pivot bolt stamped Made in Japan) provide the stopping via a random pair on Weinmann levers – I have a Campag pair to replace these when I finally build it up.
Oh and somewhere to sit - it is currently fitted with a modern Brooks Swallow on a late Campag twin-bolt seat post. I initially fitted a 16-20 five-speed Maillard block but have changed this to a random 14-24 while I shake everything down over the summer. I hope to strip it down at the end of the summer to refinish the frame and in the meantime look out for some more appropriate parts to replace those that are glaringly modern.
I have been running about on it for the last couple of months and it gives a sprightly ride, very light and responsive – and quick. I had originally fitted a butchered B17 that gave a very firm ride but the Swallow has made things much more comfortable and I enjoyed a 35 mile loop of the Kentish Weald last weekend and I am looking forward to a long relationship with the bike. Obviously, if someone here recognises the frame and can provide some information as to its history I would be very interested to hear. And I'll try to post further pics as the project progresses. Hanlon Front
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