Hetchins in the shop today

midlife

Guru
Is that a modern one / Bob Jackson Vulcan?
 

SkipdiverJohn

Veteran
Location
London
Ornate lugs are not for me. They make a bike look like something Dracula would ride.
Those are a bit OTT for me, although I do like a nice lugged frame. I wonder if the OTT lugs used by some builders were a means of advertising who built a bike back when frames used in racing had to be unliveried?. The things like curly stays and wrapover stays would make even a plain frame easy to identify.
 

Smokin Joe

Legendary Member
Those are a bit OTT for me, although I do like a nice lugged frame. I wonder if the OTT lugs used by some builders were a means of advertising who built a bike back when frames used in racing had to be unliveried?. The things like curly stays and wrapover stays would make even a plain frame easy to identify.
I think you've got it. Hetchins were one of those who specialised in making the cut of the lugs a recognisable feature. If the frame in the OP had been unbranded and we were asked to guess the builder they would have been my first choice. One thing I do like is the gold lining round the lugs, I had a Woodrup sprayed like that when I ordered it.
 

midlife

Guru
I think you've got it. Hetchins were one of those who specialised in making the cut of the lugs a recognisable feature. If the frame in the OP had been unbranded and we were asked to guess the builder they would have been my first choice. One thing I do like is the gold lining round the lugs, I had a Woodrup sprayed like that when I ordered it.
Guess the frame :smile:
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Elybazza61

Elybazza61

Veteran
Surely that's part of the checking over procedure, to have a little test ride to make sure everything is working as it should.;)
Some of it is purely a matter of time, there is only 1 full time 'qualified mechanic'.

Also 90% of the time a test ride isn't necessary.
 
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