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Details about  1938 VINTAGE HANDBUILT ENGLISH BIKE - MERLIN - Airlite, Conloy, Constrictor, etc

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1938 VINTAGE HANDBUILT ENGLISH BIKE - MERLIN - Airlite, Conloy, Constrictor, etc
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24 May, 2014 10:50:59 BST
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Axminster, United Kingdom


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Classic Lightweight bicycle Handbuilt in the 1930's by MERLIN

Wonderful and very rare, pre-war bike handbuilt using Reynolds 531 lightweight tubing, and Merlins trademark forward facing front dropouts (see catalogue scan). A very rare and beautiful machine.

Believed built originally in 1938 and recently re-enameled in black, beautifully restored using rare period correct components. Frame built with distinctive forward facing front drop-outs Period equiped for leasurely touring with rare vintage components:

Hubs: Period correct - 'Airlite Continental' large flange front hub and Sturmey Archer AM three speed rear hub.

Rims:  Period correct - Constrictor 'Conloy'  26 x 1-1/4 alloy rims and new Michelin tyres.

Headset:  Period correct - Chater-Lea Head clip, with 3" chrome handlebar stem and Alloy bars.

Brakes: Period correct - GB 'Hiduminium' callipers and early levers.

Chainset: Period correct - Williams cottered.

Brooks professional leather saddle 

NOS Bluemells all rounder mudguards.


Absolutely perfect condition  Ready to ride off into the sunset!


Seat tube 22"

Top tube 22"

Wheel-base 40"

There is a lot of information about this maker on that excellent resource - www classiclightweights co uk

I may be willing to sell the frame-set separately if you don't like my choice of rare and expensive period correct parts!

Make offer through ebay making clear it is for the frame only.


Collection only in person - no carriers or couriers please. 

However I do come up to London by train once a month so could meet buyer at Waterloo (at full buy it now price and prior payment in full only).


See other items - lots of classic lightweight parts and frames over the next few weeks - including Hetchins, Campagnolo etc

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