58) Early 70s HoldsworthRead Now
Status: Belongs to a Client
Made in London, England
Frame & Fork: Reynolds 531
Groupset: Campagnolo Record/Nuovo Record (NOS)
Brakeset: Modolo Corsa (NOS)
Bars: Original-Gerry Burgess (GB)
Stem: Original-Gerry Burgess
Wheelset: Mavic MA2 rims (NOS) with Early Campagnolo hubs (NOS) and Michelin Dynamic Classic 700x28c tires
I drove to Vernon to look at some Campagnolo bicycle parts that were advertised on Marketplace. That's when I met John. He had this bike that had belonged to his dad and he had planned to restore it so he purchased lots of parts on Ebay. In the end, he decided he would never finish the project so he was selling off the parts. I bought a few things and he gave me the frame and fork in case I could use them someday. After getting the frame and parts home, I contacted him to tell offer to rebuild the bike for him. John decided that he wanted to finish the project so he delivered the remaining parts and I got to work.
There were quite a few challenges with this rebuild. The frame was incredibly rusty and even had a few rust pin-holes on the seat tube. I stripped the frame to bare metal, treated the inside with Rust-Mort, used body filler on the pin-holes and a few dents, and primed and painted. The bike was originally built for 27x1 1/4 wheels. John had some NOS hubs but no rims so I decided to build it with 700c wheels since there would be far more tire options. I found some really nice NOS Mavic rims to go with the NOS Campagnolo hubs that John provided. To do the conversion, I needed 64mm long reach brakes which are relatively rare. I found some nice NOS Modolo Corsa's and they worked well. John provided the Brooks Professional saddle so I used matching Brooks bar tape and gum brake hoods. Because there was lots of clearance, I used 28mm tires so John would have a plush ride. I hope it brings many years of joy to John and I also hope his dad gets a chance to ride it.
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