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.

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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.

RALEIGH TEAM PRO TRACK FRAME 21.5in 1975
Seat Tube (ctt): 21.5in (55cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.5in (55cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
The Raleigh SBDU workshop (SBDU) was established in late 1974 under the direction of Gerald O’Donovan. Frames were built for the Ti-Raleigh continental pro team from the very beginning. And the unit worked with Reynolds in developing Reynolds 753 and the first frames were tested by the Ti-Raleigh team in 1974. The SBDU was quite an unusual operation for such a large company with a modest production capacity – at a maximum only about 1000 frames or so a year from about four framebuilders.
This track frame dates from late 1975 and is built from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing. It has its original paint which is in very good condition with just a few small marks and chips. £695

 

BASTIDE TRACK FRAME 54cm c1925
Seat Tube (ctc): 54cm (21.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 59cm (23.5in)
Rear dropout width: 112mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Frame tubing: Reynolds A tubing
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Bastide was a French framebuilder who basically changed the design of frames forever when he introduced his frames around 1910–12.. Not only did it influence the style and construction of the racing bike but roadsters also changed too in design as a result of the widespread changes first shown on the Bastide. The Bastide frame was built from top quality English Reynolds tubing with lugs and fittings provided by BSA. Bastide was based at 56 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris and turned these fittings into a totally superb racer. Wheels were smaller (26in rather than 28in), the bottom bracket was just 25cm from the ground instead of 30cm giving the machine a sleek and low appearance. The top tube was parallel to the ground – most racers at this period had top tubes sloping down to the head and most importantly the rear seatstays and chainstays were brazed into position instead of bolted as was common practice then. Both the seat and chainstays were tapered round tubes with an indented right hand chainstay to allow for chainwheel clearance. And the frame was much smaller – it was ridden with three inches of seat pillar showing rather than with the saddle stuffed right down onto the top tube. After WWI a number of new English framebuilders – Granby, Macleans, Saxon, Grubb and later Selbach and F W Evans quickly latched onto the new look racer. It was not long before some of the more forward thinking bigger manufacturers latched onto the new design – New Hudson and James were probably the first in 1922. Most makers in France and Italy were independently building to a similar design but in some countries such as Holland and Germany bicycle design did not change from the old style for another 30 years and much later still in the Far East. So Bastide can truly credited with instigating a major frame design change… More can be found on Bastide at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/designs/bastide-hs.html
This Bastide track frame dates from the middle 1920s – its very little different to what Bastide built in 1912… Its in very sound condition but is missing its head badge and decals… Bastide frames are really rare and this is the first one I have had for sale in 30 years.
There is an optional set of wood sprint track wheels at extra cost… £995

 

ROTRAX SUPERCOURSE 22.5in 1951 Gorgeous fancy lugs
Seat Tube (ctt): 22.5in (57cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 114mm
Wheel size: 27s or Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 65mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Rotrax from Southampton built some really stunning frames in the 1950s and the Supercourse model was no exception. They are beautifully detailed just look at the beautifully curved brake bridge and reinforcements to the pump pegs. The cratftmanship goes deeper – the lugs are cleanly cut and brazed with clear shorelines. There’s more I wrote on Rotrax at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/designs/rotrax-hs.html
This frame in its original scruffy paint is in very good condition; the only fault I’ve spotted is that the lower pump peg as been removed probably in order to fit a longer frame-fit pump. I really like the scruffy paint and I think built up with appropriately patinated parts will look stunning. £265

 

BERNARD CARRE ROAD FRAME 49cm
Lightest steel frame I have ever weighed 1350g
Seat Tube (ctc): 49cm (19.25in)
Top Tube (ctc): 51cm (20in)
Rear dropout width: 124mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints with a brake drop of 52mm
Seatpost size: 27.0mm
Frame Tubing: Not known
Bernard Carré built frames for many of the top French Professional riders and had an excellent trade supplying many shops with their own label frames throughout France… He built many of Anquetil’s personal bikes and also built for many teams. It has Bernard Carré ‘s signature oversize curved seatstay caps.
This is an exceptional frame – it’s the lightest steel frame I have ever weighed at 1350g – true its small but just take a look at the lugs too – I’ve not seen a Carré frame with such intricate lugs… Judging by the details I’d date it to the early 1970s. £395

 

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. £1245

 

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

 

CINELLI PISTA FRAME 1950s
Seat Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Columbus double butted
Cinelli frames were always built in really quite small numbers – it is said no more than 500 even in an Olympic year and were the choice of many top riders. Pista frames represented only a small percentage of their output – I’d guess no more than 5–10%. This Cinelli Pista frame dates from the 1950s and has been stunningly repainted by Argos in a typical colour scheme used on their track frames of that era. It has the very rare Cloisonne enamel headbadge. A really stunning and exceptionally rare track frame. £1465

 


EPHGRAVE No1 ROAD-TRACK FRAME 1956 22.75in
Seat Tube (ctt): 22.75in (56.5cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.75in (56.5cm)
Rear dropout width: 114mm
Wheel size:  27s or 700C/sprints with a brake drop of 57mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Les Ephgrave was and still is very well known for the fancy lugged frames built in his works in East London. He built frames both under his own name and for some shops in north and east London. Les Ephgrave was without doubt one of the high priests of frames with ornate lugs; his No1 lug design was the most popular in his range. This lug design was beautifully balanced and very kind to the eye most times – this in undoubtedly one of the really nice ones. There’s lots on Ephgrave at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/ephgrave-builders.html
This No1 road track frame with beautifully filed hand cut lugs dates from about 1956 and has been very nicely repainted in silver with fine gold lug lining. And is ready to be built up. £795

 

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

 

BIEMMEZETA TIME TRIAL 57cm c1985
Seat Tube (ctc): 57cm (22.5in)
Top Tube (ctc): 56cm (22in)
Rear dropout width: 126mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints with brake drop of 47mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Columbus SL
Biemmezeta were a contract framebuilder based near Milan who also produced some frames under their own name – they were capable of producing truly high quality frames as well as frames for shops to label with their own name. There is no doubt that this TT frame was one of their top quality frames – it has a wealth of special details all beautifully carried out – indented seat tube combined with short chainstays, shot-in seatstays with a wishbone and well crafted semi-lug fitting to the seat tube. Internal brake and gear cables and beautifully filed lugs with clear shorelines – I could go on but this one special frame. The chromovalato paint and chrome is generally excellent – there are a few marks but nothing to be worried about and the paint is nothing like as fragile as many chromovalto finishes… Want a special TT frame? Then this is it. £595

 

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

 

SHEFFIELD LANGSETT SPECIAL 22.5in c1938
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.5in (57cm)
Rear dropout width: 110mm
Wheel size: 27in or Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 55mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm -
Sheffield-Langsett are an extremely old established Sheffield bicycle shop still in existence today. They can supply a small book on the history of the company and their bikes. This frame is thought to date from about 1938 and is in its original paint which is a bit weathered but still attractive and useable. The forks are built with Reynolds extra slim oval fork blades introduced in 1936. Really rather special to find such a frame in its original paint. £275

 



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





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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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