22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

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22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 15 Jul 2019, 7:53am

For sale with Proceeds to go to Macmillan Cancer .

1957 Hetchins "Curly" Vade Mecum

One Lady owner from new ,this bike has been regularly used and updated where parts have worn out.

Yellow with green lining (it's not as bad as it sounds!) and still in very good order paint wise.

Original Specification Parts:

Stronglight 49 D Crankset, 52/42 Stronglight Chainrings on a Stronglight Bottom Bracket.
Apex Superlight Pump
Mafac Racer Brake Calipers on the front , GB centrepull on the back.
Chrome Headset
Brookes B15 Saddle.
Brookes Saddlebag support

Updates
Campagnolo Tipo Small Flange Hubs with 27" Mavic MA2 Rims (27")
Michelin World Tour Tyres
Suntour GT ?Compe Gear Train , Huret Levers.
Weinman Brake Levers
Lyotard Pedals
New Toe Clips.
Contrasting Bantel Mudguards

Being sold on behalf of the late owners Husband by someone who has known the bike since it first came out of the shop where it was bought new.
Still has the remains of the original Shop Transfer Present.

Bike is in Tenbury Wells.

This isn't a restoration project, blow the tyres up and ride it away with a big grin on your face!

£950:00

Initial inquiries to me at paul_arnold@sandwell.gov.uk , I have some photos if you let me have your e mail.
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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby PT1029 » 15 Jul 2019, 8:33pm

Sounds a lovely bike, but not for me I'm afraid. Can you put a photo or 2 on here to tempt a buyer? (and allow nosy people like me to have a look!).

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 15 Jul 2019, 8:39pm

Not sure I have the technology. :shock:

It's on www.hetchins.org.uk website . Pictures on website taken 2 weeks ago .

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby deliquium » 16 Jul 2019, 8:03am

9494arnold wrote:It's on http://www.hetchins.org.uk website . Pictures on website taken 2 weeks ago .


.uk not required in the address - here's the direct link to the photos :)

http://www.hetchins.org/901w.htm

Looks a beaut! 8)
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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 16 Jul 2019, 8:31am

Cheers Deliquium. :)

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby fausto copy » 16 Jul 2019, 10:09am

Shame about the apostrophe on the TT transfer though. :roll:

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby joe schofield » 17 Jul 2019, 9:27am

Um ... wasn't Hetchins started by a bloke called Hetchin?

The apostrophe isn't wrong; I've seen quite a few with it. The idea of a grocer's apostrophe in 1957 is, er, quaint indeed!

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby Brucey » 17 Jul 2019, 1:11pm

yes started by Hyman Hetchin.

Q. Is it normal for the brake drop to be different front to rear on one of these?

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby Vetus Ossa » 17 Jul 2019, 1:28pm

Brucey wrote:yes started by Hyman Hetchin.

Q. Is it normal for the brake drop to be different front to rear on one of these?

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For some reason? a lot of frames were built like that at one time, my Hill Special was and I could never figure out why myself. I had to buy a Campag drop bolt to use the rear brake caliper.

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby Brucey » 18 Jul 2019, 9:53am

yes but this is the other way round, i.e. the front drop appears to be loads more than the rear

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 18 Jul 2019, 1:46pm

I have seen the bike in the flesh, can't say I noticed anything excessive in the clearance below the brakes either end of the bike.
Note it's a MAFAC front brake and a GB Back ,it might just be a trick of perspective.
My own Hetchins has some fairly big clearances front and rear , and I have had to use a drop bolt on the back of a 1959 Bates .

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby Brucey » 18 Jul 2019, 1:56pm

9494arnold wrote:I have seen the bike in the flesh, can't say I noticed anything excessive in the clearance below the brakes either end of the bike.
Note it's a MAFAC front brake and a GB Back ,it might just be a trick of perspective.
My own Hetchins has some fairly big clearances front and rear , and I have had to use a drop bolt on the back of a 1959 Bates .


well the front brake is a Mafac racer with the pads set near the bottom and the rear is a weinmann 610 with the pads set just below mid-slot. This suggests a ~57mm brake drop at the rear and a ~70mm brake drop at the front. Since the brakes, hangers, yokes and brake levers are otherwise weinmann ones it seems likely to me that the front brake was originally a weinmann 750 (a 610 wouldn't reach) and/or the fork might have been replaced with one of a different drop perhaps?

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 18 Jul 2019, 9:23pm

The custodian has had his tape measure out, 65cm front, 58 mm rear.
(I have asked him to confirm front wheel isn't 700c)

Built for 28" Westwood rims ? (Not really. )
The custodian says he has known the bike since it was new and as far as he knows it has never had frame issues ( He is a framebuilder himself and had any work been needed he would probably have got the job.) He is going to double check with the late owners relatives.

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby 9494arnold » 22 Jul 2019, 5:31pm

To the best of anyone's recollection, this bike has the original forks despite the discrepancies in the wheel clearances.
Open to offers within reason.

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Re: 22" Curly Hetchins "Vade Mecum" one owner from new

Postby AMC » 1 Aug 2019, 11:18pm

Gorgeous - sadly I'm not in the market for another bike (n+1 not withstanding :roll:) but I love this.
GLWS