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