Lightweight Frame Builders

During the mid -1930s the introduction of high-tensile,lightweight steel tubing in the UK enabled cycle frame makers to produce machines which were light, responsive and durable.

Gillott Lightweight Bicycle

They steered well and were fast in the hands of a competent rider.

They could be used both for everyday use during the week and for amateur Clubmans competition riding at weekends...

Demand was high and the specialist frame builders would typically make around 100 frames per year during the period 1936 -1960.

Several of these frame builders were based in North London and became very well -known for the high quality of their workmanship.

These included MacLean, Carpenter, Hetchins, F.H.Grubb, Claud Butler, Rotrax, Bates, Ephgrave and Excel to name just a few...

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