For some reason I've got rather an obsession with the framebuilder Harry Quinn, so when I decided to get back into cycling, I went searching for a frame. Half the family area called Quinn, so that helped too. There aren't many 'proper' ones about and the majority that go on sale are either the poor gas-pipe variant that were badged as Harry Quinns from 1980-82, (I've got one of those in the basement) or are refinished frames with Harry Quinn stickers. The last three I've seen go up on eBay have been Raleigh-Carltons with HQ badges.
Bizarrely, longbeech on this forum rescued a frame from a skip. I've done nothing to the frame bar giving it a oil wash and clean. Mercian down the road from me would give it a good refinish for £250, but I kinda want to keep it the way HQ made it, and am hoping the many imperfections on it add patina. I also can't spend that on a new lick of paint...
I've left the bottom bracket in, as it's smooth... it's a Mavic, which might indicate that the thread has gone. I'm not keen on replacing the BB shell, as that's where the frame number is stamped.
Rear derailleur: Nuovo Record with ceremic jockey wheels
Front derailleur: Super Record 3-hole
Cranks: Super Record 170mm with Campag rings
Pedals: Nuovo Record, steel cage (Not finding these comfy though... prefer riding in some old Shimano 600s)
Shifters: braze on Super Record
Headset: an alum Campag
Rims: Mavic - Monthlery Pro rear, Super Competition Champion front. Both tubs.
Seatpost: Campag aero, marked Brev Campagnolo.
Seatpost binder bolt: Campag.
Brake calipers: either Record or Super Record - not sure which. Again, marked Brev. Campagnolo.
Brake levers: Campag Record, undrilled.
Brake hoods: some cheap ones I've borrowed off a spare brakeset until some affordable gummies come up.
Saddle: chrome-railed Brooks Swallow.
Bars: Cinelli Criterium
Stem: Cinelli XA
Bar tape and top straps are Brooks.
Apologies for poor pics, was in a massive rush and it's rare for me to get it outside in the light.
The red frame is one I've picked up from PistolPedro - it's a 1963 and has at some point in the past been involved in a front-end, and has had the forks replaced. As such the rear triangle sizing is 27" and the front forks are 700c, so I've not been able to get matching brakes. Until some nice Nervex-lugged old forks come up for sale, I'm arranging this as a fixie, as I'll only need to fix up the front brake. This isn't quite finished yet, but it'll be done in a few weeks or so.
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Harry Quinn 531 1967 | Raleigh Professional 1974 | Harry Quinn 531 1975 | Harry Quinn 753 1980 | Harry Quinn Clements 1982 | Colnago Mexico 1984 | Harry Quinn Lo-Pro 1987 | Harry Quinn 1992 | Boardman Team Carbon 2010
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