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cols3064
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does any one know about sid standard frames,who built them etc
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Sid Standard's shop still exists on High Road in Beeston, Notts. It is now called Cycle Inn. Sid sold the business in 2001 and tragically died from injuries sustained in a collision with a tractor in 2003.

The frames/cycles he sold were under the "Superbe" label. I'm not sure if he built the frames himself or had them made, but the machines were built and sold in the shop. He may have also sold frames which carried his name.

Sid was something of a local legend. For years, he led the Junior section of the CTC and was a stalwart of Beeston Road Club. He introduced lots of young people to cycling and many of them went on to become international road and track riders. When he died, several hundred cyclists went to the funeral and there was a procession from the shop to Bramcote Crematorium. There were about 800 riders accompanying the hearse and the police had to stop the traffic on the main A52 to let us all through.
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Post by jillclarke2403 »

Hi I'm Jill Clarke, Jill Standard as was.

Dad did indeed build these frames himself at first, then Pete Riches who had previously worked at Mercian as a frame builder came and worked with Dad.

I believe that my brother David has worshop books showing the details of each frame built, if you want particular information regarding a frame let me know and I will get David to contact you.

Kind regards

Jill
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Good to read this thread.

When I moved to Nottingham in the 1980s, I can tell you (as you are no doubt already aware) that Sid Standard was a very highly respected name.

Best wishes, and thanks for posting Jill.

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Came across this thread this morning by some sort of internet curious path.

Then found this - from yesterday.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Charity-d ... story.html

I went on a few rides where Sid was along - late 90s - with the local CTC.

I think he'd just had some sort of operation on one of them but he was still climbing well.

Nice guy, I well remember sheltering from the rain in an old railway station cafe (the old steam line) one Sunday - he was talking in a very relaxed unassuming way I seem to remember about everything from the immediate post war years to modern improvements in cycle clothing.
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Today is the 10th anniversary of Sid's death, hence the article in the Evening Post.

During the late 1990's, Sid had been suffering with a leaky heart valve and had an operation to have it replaced. He returned to full health and was riding better than ever. He used to do the annual Wild Wales Challenge ride and completed the 2003 version a week before his accident. I rode the same event and we kept bumping into him at the controls and we sat and had a cup of tea with him at the end.

I knew Sid very well. My son started riding with him in about 1997 and we went out on Sid's CTC rides almost every Sunday for several years.
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Yes my memory was that it was a heart condition of some sort - didn't like to say in case I'd got it wrong.

Great chap.
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I remember Sid and his family from the late 50`s when me and my girlfriend ( now wife) rode with Sid when he led the Leics DA Intermediates. At 16 I had been cycling for some while we bought our first tandem ( a Cazenave, which had belonged to a Leicester cycle dealer and his family - Sid Mottram ) to introduce Mal into club cycling. We remember those days fondly - Winter and Summer we were out - mostly but not always with the Inters. This continued until after 1966 when our son was born and we bought the child trailer from Sid and his family when they lived at Thurmaston and we were nearby. The trailer had originally been a sidecar which Sid, I think, converted. It was boat shaped with a roll-back hood and held offspring and the necessary kit that went with him. Fortunately Sid must have undersealed it as on the first club run we had it afloat! Soon afterwards we moved to Sth Leics and rode with a section there, only meeting up with Sid occasionally.
His patience, kindness and enthusiasm for cycling must have stuck - we still cycle, mainly on a tandem and still have the original frameset we bought in the 1950`s. Should sell it really but it`s better than a photograph album!
Regards,
David and Marilyn Grimshaw
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