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1949 Gillott

A lovely early Gillott Spear Point frame built with early Campagnolo Gran Sport.

1949 Gillott Spear Point lugged frame

Period fork and lovely early headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Campagnolo Gran Sport with early three arm steel crankset. Later chain wheels.

I think German sprint pedals with clips and straps

Campagnolo Gran Sport rear mech and matchbox front. 14/28 freewheel 52/42 chain wheels.

Campagnolo Gran Sport

IlPrimo chrome steel spear lug stem with matching IlPrimo Giro Do Scicilia bars. Tessorex cotton tape.

Campagnolo Gran Sport post with Brooks B19 narrow black saddle

Balilla side pull

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Airlite 32 hole front hub with Fiammi sprint rim double butted stainless spokes with alloy nipples. Continental Giro 22mm tub

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Airtight rear hub (freewheel or fixed) laced to 40 hole Fiammi rim with double butted stainlessnless spokes with alloy and brass (on drive side) nipples

More Info:
Frame was restored and modified with brass on gear lever mounts by the famous frame builder LE (Les) Rigden of Brighton. The paint and lining workmanship are remarkable. I found period forks of a very similar design to restore to match. The frame was originally built by Bill

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. L'Eroica 2018

Current Stage Info:

Drove to Tuscany to ride the 130Km course for LEroica. Lessons: 1. Long drive on your own, 2. need far lower gearing as the hills are not only steep but rough as it gets. 3. Take a bike with decent brakes, it was scuicide down the steep unmade super rutted descents, trying to apply poor brakes when you cant even see the bars for the massive vibration off the corrougations! Killer! 4, not at all sure about cleats as you need your feet out at a moments notice! Yes, i'll do it again but with 36/28 and centre-pulls..

Added by CotswoldPeddlar. Last updated over 6 years ago.



CotswoldPeddlar says:

Thanks. The guy that restored the frame was pretty famous for his work, especially painting and lining (which is demonstrated by the finished article)! First ride this weekend... :-)

Posted over 6 years ago


Redleaf says:


Posted over 6 years ago


CotswoldPeddlar says:

They are not like other Lyotards I have and the dust caps say Germany! ?

Posted over 6 years ago


AshokCaptain says:

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. Could your pedals possibly be Lyotards?

Posted over 6 years ago