A couple of around town bikes

Here’s a couple of bikes I have for riding around town and going to the shops.

The green bike is my wifes 3 speed Ellis Briggs.

The white one is built from an Ellis Briggs frame which I didn’t know what to do with, it was in a pretty sorry state when I came across it.  It now has a 3 speed fixed Sturmey hub in it.

The Late Danny Horton

I’ve just come across some great pictures of the late Danny Horton.  Danny had just renewed his interest in cycling after giving it up in the 80’s.

Some of these pics are from his earlier cycling days and also from his 1980s comeback as an amateur.

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.

Jack Tayor touring frame

Its our main objective to help you restore your classic road bike of any make, but our main focus is on the small shop framebuilders who are often overlooked.  It’s these frames that often offer the best in terms of workmanship and value for money.

Every town once had its local framebuilders, but of course most have all but disappeared now.

1980s Favori 531 Professional

1980s Favori Road Frame

This beautiful 1980s Favori is ready and waiting to be built up in to a great classic bike.  Definitely a summer bike.

Campagnolo ends, chrome plating and finished in Midnight Blue.

There’ll be more pics once this frame is built up.

Nice Ken Bird Time Trial Frame *updated*

Ken Bird Time Trial Frame

A nice Ken Bird Time Trial frame, drilled for lightness with Campagnolo vertical ends. Ken Bird’s son Simon, who has commented below tells me that all his frames were built by Ken Bird himself but I think they were most likely built by a third party.

Ken Bird was a mechanic on The Tour De France during the 60s but sadly passed away a few years ago, aged 65.

This frame is definitely in need of a restoration.

Latest Project – 1950s Paragon Mixte Frame

Paragon Mixte frame with Oscar Egg lugs

I just had to buy this 1950s Paragon Mixte frame with its Oscar Egg lugs. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I’ll think of something.

I’ve come across quite a few Paragon frames recently, all from a similar period.  Every one has been high quality and well made.

I do have some 1950s Cyclo Benelux and Simplex gear which would which I could use but I’d really prefer to have Mafac Dural Forge brakes, except this frame is really built for side pulls. Or the other possibility would be  to fit a Sturmey.

Oscar Egg mixte seat tube lug

Either way the frame is in need of some renovation.  I think this frame was originally green but the lacquer has nearly completely gone.