English, American & Far Eastern Bike Frames
Post-1970 Smaller than 21.5in

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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
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in (look below)
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.

PENNINE ROAD FRAME 19in 1986
Seat Tube (ctt): 19in (48.25cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 20in (51cm)
Rear dropout width: 125mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 55mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Pennine Cycles were originally known as Whitaker and Mapplebeck Cycles and originated from Bradford. There’s lots more on Pennine Cycles at: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/WhitakerandMapplebeck.html
This nicely made road frame dates from 1986 and has some nice features such as the engraved brake bridge and top eyes. It has a shorter than normal top tube making it ideal for many small women – women tend to have shorter torsos than men… It’s in very good condition but the paint has quite a number of marks – these could be touched up carefully and this frame would be very useable. £185

 

WITCOMB ROAD FRAME 20.5in 1970s
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22in (56cm)
Rear dropout width: 125mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 48mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Witcombs were based in Deptford in south east London and were established in the early 1950s. Several of the top American framebuilders such as Richard Sachs, Peter Weigle and Ben Serotta first learnt to build frames at Witcombs in the 1970s. This frame has been repainted in buff but does have some marks. Ready to build up and ride. £125

 

ALAN WILLIAMS ROAD FRAME 20.5in 1970s/80s
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.5in (55cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 44mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Alan Williams had a bike shop in Preston in the 1970s and 80s. I do not know anything about the frames that were sold under the name but this frame is nicely made and I’m pretty certain dates from the 1970s. The original paint is in very good condition with some small marks. £125

 

GARBINI ROAD FRAME 19.5in c1987
Seat Tube (ctt): 19.5in (49.5cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21in (53cm)
Rear dropout width: 124mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 45mm
Frame tubing: Columbus SL
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Paolo Garbini was an Italian who came to London and first set up a bike shop in the 1970s. This later moved to Soho and he was a leading member of the Soho CC. His frames came from a number of sources including Tom Board – this one could have been one of those but I would not be certain…It has been fully chromed at some stage though not polished. The existing finish looks to be bare to the metal in places but is very presentable. Its a really nice small frame… £165

 

NO-NAME ROAD FRAME 20.5in late 1970s
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.25in (54cm)
Rear dropout width: 124mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 51mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
I do not know who built this frame but it dates from the late 1970s and is nicely built. It has English threads and I am sure is built from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing. It has a small dent on the top tube just behind the head lug – it looks as if something had been dropped on it. The paint is in useable condition. £75

 

EMPEROR SPORT ROAD FRAME 19.5in c1979
Seat Tube (ctt): 19.5in (49.5cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 20.5in (52cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 50mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Emperor Sport Cycles was a well known bike shop on the edge of Sutton run by Mick Coward and Tony Mills. Apparently Mick built some of the frames including I think this one as it has an EMP frame number prefix… This frame is in excellent condition and has been freshly repainted in charcoal grey. It has cable guides for bar end controls. Beautiful and very nicely proportioned for the smaller rider. £245

 



WILLIAMSON TRAINING FRAME 20in 1970s

Seat Tube (ctt): 20in (51cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21in (53cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 48mm
Frame tubing: Not known
Seatpost size: 26.4mm
Williamson was (maybe still is) a cycle shop in Edinburgh. They bought in frames from different framebuilders. This training frame was built by Orbit – the paint is quite nice but a bit thick… £95


Featured Frames
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in (look above)
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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