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Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:14pm
by Charlie
Andrew Mills wrote:Image
Heres one for you unfortunalty not mine :(

Unusual rear for a steel frame, do you know what make the frame is?

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:20pm
by Andrew Mills
It's a genuine Hetchins (note curley frame)
recently resprayed it cost extra for the origanal chrome to be masked up.

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:22pm
by Charlie
Andrew Mills wrote:It's a genuine Hetchins (note curley frame)
recently resprayed it cost extra for the origanal chrome to be masked up.

Cheers Andrew, much appreciated. :D

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:23pm
by hubgearfreak
Charlie wrote:do you know what make the frame is?


ermine street engineering, gate fabricater & welding services:P



oh the bike?..hetchins. heres a good first page result :D
http://oldschoolbicycles.com/id2.html

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:25pm
by gaterz1981
this thread is turning into bike porn. :shock: Everyone trying to post up the prettiest bike. :D

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 10:57pm
by hubgearfreak
here's my summertime only one :D


Image

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 11:14pm
by Kentish Man
Mrs Tortoise wrote:Oh no bike fetishists! :shock:

You lot should get out more..... :roll:


Yes, another section for 'Bikes Only' ...... bikes in bondage! A whole section devoted to bikes chained to fences, railings, bus shelters, lamp posts ... plus readers' favourite cycle locks!

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 11:19pm
by Kentish Man
Thank you Andrew Mills for the gorgeous Hetchins; Hubgearfreak for the dazzling Peugeot and Charlie for the excellent photo of Marty Feldman.

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 11:25pm
by Kentish Man
Jac wrote:Nice colour - pity about the bent bits at the back :roll:


Jac, 'the bent bits at the back' ... of a Hetchins?? Have you no soul?

Posted: 5 Feb 2007, 11:27pm
by Mrs Tortoise
I have an ancient Peugeot too, maybe I'll get the camera out sometime - I still prefer my Dolly (Specialized).

Posted: 6 Feb 2007, 8:21am
by David
hubgearfreak wrote:
Kentish Man wrote:I'm also thinking about weekends for swinging cyclists where after a nice cup of tea, participants swap cycle clips and go for a spin round the block on an unknown beauty (remember - safe cycling - bring your own rain cape!) .


top plan, if you also include cakes:D


Could you send me details in a PLAIN BROWN envelope please and mark it "WARNING - CONTAINS EXPLICIT MATERIAL !! " just so people think I'm normal.

Posted: 6 Feb 2007, 8:23am
by David
Andrew Mills wrote:It's not just us nutters
everyone gawps when I ride my silly bike :shock:
not to mention the coments


Are you sure it's the bike they're gawping at :-)

Posted: 6 Feb 2007, 9:47am
by robbo
Kentish Man wrote:
Jac wrote:Nice colour - pity about the bent bits at the back :roll:


Jac, 'the bent bits at the back' ... of a Hetchins?? Have you no soul?


When I was little my father had a Hetchins, as well as some of his clubmates, I thought all "normal" bikes had bent stays.

Posted: 6 Feb 2007, 10:29am
by Jac
No - havent any soul - - got some nice place though :lol:

Just out of interest why are the stays bent ?
they would be harder to make and surely they wouldnt be as stiff?

Posted: 6 Feb 2007, 1:34pm
by Kentish Man
Jac,
please see http://www.hetchins.org/100.htm for info re Hetchins frames. There were three reasons behind the curly stays:
a. you're right, the rear triangle would be less rigid so would give a slightly sprung ride that was said to be kinder to the frame and the rider;
b. there were very strict rules about advertising in racing before WW2, even to the extent that the maker's name couldn't be shown on the frame. Hetchins' frames were immediately identifiable and were frequently ridden by the star riders so there were a lot of kudos by association in having a curly frame.
c. if that's your taste, they look fantastic.

I'm not a Hetchins expert or owner, but I do live in hopes. New curly stayed frames are available from David Miller at
Hetchinscycles@aol.com and from Bob Jackson in Leeds.