What you’ll find on our site…

First of all welcome to Vintage Lightweights Read our blog and avoid buying some piece of mass produced rubbish and learn how to spot a quality bike frame of any make. Skipton, Craven and the Yorkshire Dales Being on the edge of the Dales we are keen to hear from any other vintage bike enthusiasts […]

Sorry for my absence in the last 2 years, I’m Back! 3

Due to a family illness i haven’t had any time to put into updating this site.  Now things have calmed down again, I’m going to be able to update a little more regular! Steel framed bikes and their history is a hobby of mine, rather than a business.  Unfortunately I have to do a real […]

Family Illness

Due to family illness i may not reply to emails as fast as usual, but please bear with me. Kind Regards Paul

Bianchi Green Favori Full Campagnolo Daytona 10 Speed Groupset

20 1/2″ Favori Road bike

20 1/2″ Favori Road Bike £600.00 It must be pointed out that this is a fairly modern mid 1990s Italian frame which has been resprayed with Ellis-Briggs Favori transfers. Columbus Tubing Internal Cable Routing Bianchi Green with Black Lug lining Full Campagnolo Daytona 10 Speed Groupset Campagnolo Hubs and Mavic Rims in good Condition Cinelli […]

More Bernard Macklam Sergio 1

After stripping the Macklam down, it was blindingly obvious how he managed to build a frame in a day! But as often is the case, even a poorly built frame will outlast the latest £3000 carbon.  What we’ll do with all these carbon frames that have broken, I have no idea.  Can carbon fibre be […]

Macklam Frame - Incomplete brazing of top eye

The finished Favori San Remo Super !!SOLD!! 2

NOW SOLD The blue Favori is finally finished after over a year of sourcing the right parts.  It is now going to a new home with one of my club mates who was hankering after a classic bike. The bike is built up with late 90s early 00s Campagnolo Chorus.

Macklam / Sergio – One to avoid!

Another Yorkshire builder but with a questionable reputation and plenty of poorly built frame to his name.  But some still survive, although this one needs a new seat tube.  Probably due to someone stuffing a ball of paper down the seat tube to stop water collecting in the bottom bracket.  It stops water getting into […]

Macklam seat lug with Sergio top eye engraving

Favori San Remo Super Head Crest

Favori San Remo Super

A couple of months ago I posted some pics of a Favori frame which was in the process of being built up into a bike. Well things have progressed rather a lot since then.  The bike is now almost built, just waiting for a couple more components. This model was the San Remo Super, which […]

Another Ellis Briggs Favori

Another Ellis Briggs which will soon be added to my growing collection.  This is a Gran Premo model and was built in 1966.  This frame has had a respray during its life and probably a couple of rebuilds as most of the equipment doesn’t look original. In fact some has been swapped for nasty modern […]

Ellis Briggs Favori Gran Premo from 1966

Ellis-Briggs Favori 1979

Next Possible Project 1979 Favori

My next project could very well be this 1979 Ellis-Briggs Favori.  It is complete and original but is in dire need of a restoration. It belonged to a prominent local club rider.  Just a single ring up front but with plenty of clearance for muguards.  The testers favourite brake calipers, Weinmann 500s and Mafac brake […]

How to build a retro bike for around a grand? 1

I’m not talking about a fixie or classic bike complete with Campagnolo C-Record… What I’m talking about is finding a decent steel frame and building a bike up with sympathetic components which won’t break the bank. You might say it can’t be done! But it can I’ll show you how. Frame and Fork (budget £200) […]