Featured Frames

This page showcases some of the more interesting frames on my website – they will also be found in their own category… So you can also simply search under the different categories.

All our categories can be found in the sub-menu below – clicking on the category you want look at will get you directly to that page.

PLEASE NOTE: I measure all British, American and Japanese frames in inches ctt (centre to top) and convert to the nearest cm, conversely I measure all European and Italian frames in centimetres ctc (centre to centre) and convert to the nearest 0.25in.
A problem with all frames measured ctt is that the top measuring point varies from maker to maker and I try and second guess where the maker intended his measurement to be to – some mean top of top top tube, others the very top of the seat lug, and others to the seat lug top line…

FRAME SIZING
Do not assume that you will need a frame sized the same as your modern one – either seat tube or top tube. Fashion plays a great part in frame design and sizing. In the early years of the 20th century frames were sized as large as possible with virtually no seatpost showing … by contrast riders were advised in the 1920s to have as small a frame as possible.
Race/road frames from the 1920s/early 1930s will generally be sized about 3–5cm smaller than a modern frame but with a much longer top tube and shorter stems. Towards the end of the 1930s larger frame sizes became fashionable – up to 2cm larger than a modern frame. Top tube lengths were still longer used with shorter stems. In the 1940s and 50s frames were sized a bit larger still – 3–4cm more than a modern frame still with longer top tubes and shorter stems. In the 1960s and 1970s frames gradually reduced in size until the late 1980s. At the same time top tubes began to get shorter and stems longer.

Standover height is NOT a useful method of frame sizing either with modern or old frames. Short legged riders will rarely have much or any clearance between the top tube and their crotch unless the frame has a sloping top tube design. Taller riders also face other problems. A complete guide to frame sizing for frames of different periods is impossible to detail here. For frames from the 1980s onwards I suggest buyers look at Dave Moulton’s contributions on frame sizing. Possibly start off with http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2006/2/27/a-different-thought-on-frame-sizing.html
and then look at: http://www.davemoultonregistry.com/MoultonFrameSizeChart

I am willing to advise any customer on frame sizing with older frames.

Featured Frames (look below)
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames


Please contact me at: hilarystone@hilarystone.com to check on availability and confirm shipping cost.

DOSSCHE SPORT TRACK FRAME 54cm 1950s
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56cm (22in)
Rear dropout width: 115mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 42mm
Frame tubing: Not known
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Dossche Sport are – were a very well respected Belgian framebuilder… This track frame with Nervex Pro lugs and Bastide type fork crown is exquisitely built. – just take a look at the very clean brazing and filework. This frame is in really nice condition – there’s one tiny ding to the top tube but its very hard to see…It has the steep angles and tight clearances found on most Belgian track frames – their tracks are normally short and steeply banked… £295

 

MAXI SPORTS TRACK FRAME 1993 Team Castorama ridden by Jacky Durand
Seat Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 60cm (23.75in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Jacky Durand was a French professional rider who was best known in later years for his solo breakaways on Tour de France stages. This track frame from 1993 and when he was riding for Castorama under Cyrille Guimard is truly exquisite with the most incredibly tight clearances – it won’t take 23mm tyres – its pictured on 22mm tyres. Absolutely superb. £575

 

GLORIA ROAD FRAME 54cm 1937
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56.5cm (22.25in)
Rear dropout width: 117mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 48mm
Frame tubing: Not known
BB threads: Italian
Seatpost size: 26.2mm
This Gloria road frame was built for an Italian professional rider in 1937 for use originally with a Vittoria Margherita gear – he later had the rear dropouts replaced with ones suitable for a Campagnolo Corsa gear… It comes complete with an excellent Campagnolo Corsa gear and set of wheels… £2250

 

DILECTA ROAD FRAME 56cm Early 1950s Ex-Team
Seat Tube (ctc): 56cm (22in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56cm (22in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 62mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Headset and BB threads: French
Seatpost size: 26.6mm
Dilecta were an old established French medium sized bike manufacturer – in the 1920s, 40s, 50s and in the mid 60s had pro bike teams. This frame which I think dates to 1953 is I am certain an ex-team frame – you can see a picture here of François Mahé in 1953 aboard a very similar frame … it’s even the same size I think. There’s a discussion on the Dilecta race bikes: http://forum.tontonvelo.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=12664
The frame is very sound but obviously needs repainting and rechroming. But there is a small dent on the underside of of the down tube which will not affect the strength and is easily filled when the frame is painted. Original specification would have included Simplex Juy 51 rear gear, Simplex rod operated TDF front gear, Durax Special Course cranks, Philippe bars and stem, side-pull brakes – not Lam, maybe CLB?, Simplex hubs… All reasonably easily found. £345

 

HETCHINS COMPETITION 21in 1937
Seat Tube (ctt): 21in (53cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.5in (55cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 55mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This frame is one of the earliest Hetchins Competition frames and was the last frame built in 1937 – it was supplied on 26th January to F R Russell of Wolverhampton who was an established Hetchins dealer… It has Chater Lea bottom bracket threads – I can supply a suitable BB to fit at extra cost… It has been reasonably repainted and this is mostly unmarked.
A lot more can be found about Hetchins at www.hetchins.org Really a rather rare pre-war Hetchins… £745

 

CONDOR TOURER 23.5in 1970s Vic Edwards built
Seat Tube (ctt): 23.5in (59cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.5in (57cm)
Rear dropout width: 125mm
Wheel size: 700C
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Condor Cycles was founded in the late 1940s by Monty Young and has garnered a well deserved reputation for the bikes and frames they sell. Their frames have been built by a number of framebuilders over years – Bill Hurlow, Tom Board, Dave Yates and Vic Edwards to name just some. This frame was built by Vic Edwards in the early 1970s I think. Vic Edwards was one of those framebuilders that built mostly for shops – it is believed he first started off working in the Hobbs of Barbican frame workshop. Later he set up on his own building for Rory O’Briens, Condors and many others. It has been repainted by Major Nicols and at the same time had a few small modernisations, in particular cantilever brake bosses for 700C wheels. The head tube and seat tube decals are Major Nicols renovated ones but I think these could be removed and Condor ones fitted in place. £285

 

POGLIAGHI TRACK FRAME c1963 59cm
Seat Tube (ctc): 59cm (23.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Columbus double butted
Sante Pogliaghi was one of Italy’s most revered framebuilders through the 1960s and 70s ranking alongside Cinelli, Masi and De Rosa. This track frame dates from c1963 and has been very nicely restored. The frame exudes pure quality… Very, very rare. £995

 

GILLOTT FLEUR DE LIS TRACK FRAME 1954 23in
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.5in (57cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size:  700C/sprints with a brake drop of 46mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Gillott frames are renowned for being built to consistently high standards – this was down to employing excellent framebuilders and Harry Carrington who was stickler for quality. More on Gillott can be found at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/gillott.html
The Fleur de Lis was Gillott’s top model and is very beautiful. Though this frame has mudguard eyes it has very close clearances and quite steep frame angles so I think was built with track use mostly in mind. It has been beautifully restored at Argos Cycles in Bristol and not used much since. It has a few small marks and is ready to be built up. £745

 

PARIS DAMES MODERNE WOMENS FRAME 19in 1949
Seat Tube (ctt): 19in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22in (56cm)
Rear dropout width: 118mm
Wheel size: 27in or Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 62mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 26.4mm
Paris Cycles was founded in 1936 by Harry Rensch but it wasn’t until 1942/3 that they called themselves Paris Cycles. Previously they were simply known as Rensch Cycles. By 1945 were established at 131 Stoke Newington Church Street in North London.
There’s lots more on Paris and Rensch at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/Paris.html Paris first offered the Dame model in 1947 – this one is the late Dames Moderne model with a slightly revised frame design. Its been renovated and repainted in a typical Paris colour scheme. The paint and frame are in excellent condition with the paint having a few small marks. £465

 

COLNAGO MASTER PRO 44.5cm c1990 ** New Old Stock**
Seat Tube (ctc): 44.5cm (17.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 47cm (18.5in)
Rear dropout width: 126mm
Wheel size: 24in sprints or 24in clinchers 521mm BSD
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus
the Master Pro was one of Colnago’s top models and this is really very special – a small adult or children’s version with just a 44.5cm ctc seat tube and built for 24in wheels. It is new old stock and has never been built-up – the fork steerer has never even been cut to length. We can do this and fit a headset. Its in excellent almost unmarked condition with virtually no marks. It obviously was a special. Price on Application

 

CHAS ROBERTS TRACK FRAME 1998 20.5in
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21in (53cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Columbus EL Oversize
Chas Roberts built an enviable reputation for his framebuilding over the years and perhaps was better known than his father who I think taught him the skills. This frame dates from 1998 and is beautifully built from I think Columbus EL Oversize tubing. Its in excellent condition generally, just one mark on the top tube when we removed a sticker… £395

 

F W EVANS TOURER 1939 21in
Seat Tube (ctt): 21in (53cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 115mm
Wheel size: 26in
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This F W Evans touring frame was built in 1939 and is designed for use with a Cyclo 3spd Standard gear – it has the braze-on for the gear and tensioning spring on the chainstay. I will supply it with all the parts to complete the headset except the pinch bolt for the headclip. It has many of the special features unique to F W Evans frames – Direct Lubrication system for the bottom bracket and headset bearings and patented fork ends. Additionally it has braze-ons for a rear saddle bag support. F W Evans were very highly regarded by CTC members and many members had special touring frames made to order for them. More can be found on Evans at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/designs/hsfwevans.html
It has been very nicely repainted in a dark green with box lining and will make a really great 1930s classic English tourer. £295

 



R O HARRISON SHORTWIN 1949
Seat Tube (ctt): 22.5in (57cm), 21.5in (55cm) ctc
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size: 27s or 700C/sprints with a brake drop of 57mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 Butted Tubing
R O Harrison was a south London framebuilder who was one of Maurice Selbach’s framebuilders before he set up on his own around 1933. He had an excellent reputation. More details can be found at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/harrison.html R O Harrison frames are very consistent in quality. The Shortwin model was introduced in 1949 – this frame must been one of the first for its dated as being January 1949. It has been repainted in what I would guess to be its original paint style. The paint is a little thick and in places some light pitting shows but I think once built up it would look very good… A really rare and desirable frame – there are only about half a dozen known survivors. £695

 

EDDY MERCKX LO-PRO FRAME c1996
Seat Tube (ctc): 55cm (21.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 59cm (23.5in)
Rear dropout width: 130mm
Wheel size: 650C (26in) front, 700C rear
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus SLX
Lo-pro frames like track frames were always made in really very small numbers. This lo-pro frame is in Team Vlaanderen 2002 colours and I would guess is almost certainly an ex-Team bike – I doubt Merckx would have made frames in Vlaanderen 2002 colours… It has a bracket for a race number on the top tube. Its in excellent condition with just a few marksto the paint. £495



Featured Frames (look above)
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames





SHIPPING COSTS

UK: £18
Europe: £35
North America: £90
Japan, Asia, Australasia, Africa, Middle East, South America: £115

Figures above are good estimates, rates may vary for some countries.
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FRAME CONDITION
Frames are supplied as seen in the pictures unless described otherwise in the text.
Please remember that these frames are generally at least twenty years old and sometimes seventy… In most cases I will know very little of their history but will attempt to describe any problems I can spot – if there are issues I have missed I will always work with the buyer to find a solution.
All frames I sell are in track and straight, with excellent headset threads, bottom bracket shell threads and gear hanger threads if fitted.
I will make every attempt to ascertain whether paint is original, an older repaint or a more recent repaint. Paint quality does vary quite bit…

These categories may be qualified by more detailed description in the text.

Excellent A very useable frame with no obtrusive marks to the paint and no dings or dents. Chrome if present will be free of serious marks unless stated otherwise.

Very Good Perfectly useable frame but with more marks to the paint and chrome if present. Some of the marks may benefit from careful retouching. Generally there will no dents or dings but if present will be small. However if you are concerned about dents/dings with frames in this category please ask me to do an extra check.

Sound Paint and chrome may need redoing depending on how you like your bikes – I appreciate frames with patina which show their age but others may want to repaint. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. Any more significant dents will be described in the text.

Needing repainting Paint will be poor and in my opinion is not saveable. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. If there are larger dents they will be described and/or pictured. These are all easily filled by a good framebuilder or frame painter at very little extra cost.

Headsets or bottom brackets fitted to frames are of unknown and unguaranteed condition unless specifically described in the text. Sometimes headsets or bottom brackets will not feel smooth and simply need a service and on other occasions the headset or bottom bracket will need replacing…
For frame without headsets or where you'd like a headset replaced I can offer a fitting service for £15. Please see the headset pages: http://hilarystone.com/headset.html for what is available but please bear in mind that you may need advice on whether a particular headset will fit your frame especially in relation to stack height.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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