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1940's vintage R O Harrison frame touring/road racing bike. Short wheel base??
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29 Jun, 2014 21:00:17 BST
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom


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Last updated on  21 Jun, 2014 15:33:09 BST  View all revisions

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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Road Racing Bike
Gender: Harrison Brand: 22 inch
Wheel Size: Men MPN: Touring Bike
Suspension: Steel

An R O Harission frame bicycle believed to be from the late 40's or early 50's.

It was purchased by my late father in law at this time, when he was a very active member of a cycling club in Newcastle upon Tyne. He used it to participate in club events and it was taken on continental touring holidays. It continued in use until the early 2000's when, by then in his late 70's, he stopped cycling. Always well maintained mechanically, all appears to be working OK, as reported by my cyclist son, however, cosmeticly it must be admitted that there is room for improvement!

To make this bike usable you can just clean it up and put on new tyres and brake blocks, it would however make a great restoration project which would result in a stunning classic bicycle. For more in information on these bicycles and to see some beautifully restored examples, in the members bikes section, go to:

Details of the spec. and equipment:

  • Reynolds 531 tubing.
  • Believed to have a more upright head tube than standard to give a short wheel base, 41 inches.
  • Simplex 6 ratio gear set.
  • Chater Lea 7 inch crank.
  • 22 inch frame. I think this is correct but see photo with tape measure.
  • 27 inch wheels.
  • Cinelli Milano "Cadet" handle bars.
  • Brooks saddle.
  • Weinmann type 730 brakes.

I tried to find a serial number but unfortunately I cannot locate it, there are some numbers or letters under the crank bearing housing but they are paint covered and unreadable.

If you need more information or photos please email and I will do my best.


On 21-Jun-14 at 15:33:09 BST, seller added the following information:

Correction and new information that has come to light:

  • 5 gears not
  • the 5 gear set replaced the original 3
  • Frame number 371515

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