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Stan Pike Ride 2018

Saturday 21st April 2018

We’re organising a Stan Pike ride.

30ish miles.

The route will include …

Westlands  – where Stan worked
Misterton – where Stan lived when he had the shop
Crewkerne – where Stan had  his shop

Keith Glover, who is putting the route together, has kindly offered the use of Yeovil Community Church as the start and finish – parking is available, along with a welcome cup of coffee and changing facilities.

Why not tie in the Saturday ride with a visit to Bespoked in Bristol – a celebration of handmade bicycles and those who make them. It runs from 20-22nd April 2018.

If you’re interested, let me know.

More details to follow.

PJ 68

John Pennington contacted me and said …

I’ve found and bought another Pike (at least I hope it a Pike!?).
An image is attached of the frame number and I’ll send more in separate emails due to size.  If it is genuine and you’d like to add it to your site feel free.  I’m going to get this one re-sprayed and built up again for my son.

Stan’s son sent me some information …

Yes, was built by Philip Pike in 1982 using Reynolds 531. It’s a 24” with 14 & 3/8” wheel clearance. Was originally being built for a Barry Loveridge but looks like it was a cancelled or non-collected order.

We have a limited amount of original Pike of Crewkerne decals available, for frames build by Stan’s son Philip, but John intends to respray and use  ‘Stan Pike’ decals he has purchased from eBay. Not strictly correct, and could cause confusion, but it’s great that John will be restoring the bike to its, incorrectly badged, former glory. 

PJ 85462

Jason Moss contacted me and said…

I have a Stan pike racing frame that I know nothing about. The frame has the name Michael Fuller stamped next to the frame number underneath the bottom bracket. Any information on this would be much appreciated as I am looking to sell it due to lack of space.

I contacted Stan’s son and he said…

Yes, I remember this one! You know how some things stick in your mind and you never forget? I used to ride with Mike Fuller, he lived in Cedar Grove in Yeovil. I remember this one because I was in the shop when he came to pick it up, just after my father had died.

So the frame was built in 1983, it’s a 22 & 3/4” frame with 22” top tube & 74 degree parallel (head and seat tube). 1 & 7/8” fork rake.

Jason is looking to sell the bike. If you’re interested, please contact me.

 

SP 7557

Sandra Maclean contacted me after buying this 20.25″ frame from Hilary Stone. It was sold as being built in 1975 and the bottom bracket is stramped with Richard Pike. I contacted Stan’s son, who unfortunately has no record of the frame build. He said…

We cannot verify the information provided other than to say it is a Stan Pike and a very nice example.

Looking forward to hopefully posting more photos as Sandra’s rebuild progresses. 

SP 873245

I was contacted by David Mansfield who had a Stan Pike for sale.  I put him in touch with James Soanes. A sale was agreed. James said…

Many thanks for that, super efficient as always, I took a punt on this machine, but looking at the photos I didn’t believe it to be as large as  David (brokering the sale) had measured and of course it isn’t, but it’s a lovely machine with a good history (having researched its original owner, Peter Boston).

Peter Boston was President of the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers where he was a member for some 30+ years, he had kept the Stan Pike, from a stable of bikes he had owned, despite not being able to ride for the last few years due to his declining health.

David couldn’t figure out the meaning of the frame number until he was packing the machine up to send to me, as Peter’s DOB was 1927 so frame number didn’t tally, David then remembered it was, he thinks, Peter’s telephone number?

What’s intriguing about it is the Stan Pike isn’t a decal. It appears to be done from some kind of stencil and is sprayed/painted and it’s been done remarkably well.

I sent the photos to Stan’s son. He replied …

SP873245 was built in Oct 1980 for a Peter Boston. It’s built from Reynolds 531 SL tubing. It’s a 22 & 1/2″ frame with 22 & 9/16″ top tube. Hope that’s of interest.

 

 

SP 7408

Robert Wace contacted me and said…

I have spoken to the collector that I bought this from who is fairly certain that Stan Pike built this frame. Apparently he worked alongside Wally Green to build frames for Rory O’Brien for a period of time. Also, looking at the wrap around seat stays and the frame number it points towards this being one of his. I’d be interested to hear what Stan’s son’s thoughts are on this.

I sent the pictures to Stan’s son, who replied…

Yes this is one of ours. An early track frame built in 1974.

Robert was obviously very pleased. He said…

That’s great news, thank you for confirming this. I recently spoke to the guy I bought this from (2 years ago) and he is meeting up with the original owner’s son this week so I’m hoping that we may get some further information, but nothing more at this stage I’m afraid.

I’ll update the page if I receive any further information.

Stan Pike display at Rapha store

In the middle of June, I received an email from Dan Hopes, store manager of the Rapha Archive Store in Shepton Mallet. He was interested in a putting on a  temporary display of Stan’s work in the shop. Stan worked in Crewkerne, so Dan was keen to showcase a local framebuilder*.

After a few of emails to Pike owners and with the help of Stan’s son, the display now running until mid-September. It’s well worth a visit, and you might be able to pick up a Rapha bargain at the same time.

You can find more details here:
www.facebook.com/RaphaArchiveStore

Huge thanks to Dan for the idea of the display, Chris for putting the finishing touches to Tim’s beautiful time trial bike (and to Tim for agreeing to loan his bike), and Steve for loaning his precious memorabilia.

*Dan learned about Stan’s frames while riding with Jack Wood in Seoul. And Jack’s Stan Pike was the first bike ever to be featured on this website. It’s a small world.

TA 15258 and TA 7414

I received an email from Nevil Hade who said…

I have just purchased two Tom Avon bikes. The bikes belonged to father and son. One is a 23.5″ time trial machine . The other a smaller 22.5″ road bike. Both hint at being Stan Pike machines but I cannot be sure.

I contacted Stan’s son who replied…

Regret I have no info on these that I can find at this time, not even in he additional book I came across unexpectedly last night.
They are both unusual, the blue one is an older one with its drilled lugs and probably pre dates the shop. The orange one has an unusual seat stay attachment, I’m yet to see another one like it that has survived. Both definitely ours though, too many give always in the lug feathering and other details as well as that noted above.

Nevil was extremely pleased that he owns two Pikes and supplied a little further information…

The blue one (TA 7414) was built for Robert Davis now 94 years old. The serial number could be the year it was built? The orange one (TA 15258)  is a time trial frame built for Phil Davis his son. Interestingly his surname is spelt wrongly on the bottom bracket ‘Davies’. Serial number is his date of birth. It cost £99 to have built. Both cycled for Chippenham Wheelers. The quality of the work is first class and I just wish the previous owners had looked after them. I have already been looking at re-enamelling options!

I will update this page as and when Nevil restores the bikes to their former glory.

TA 7433

James contacted me and said…

I have just acquired what I am certain to be another Stan Pike frame. Another small frame sadly, but badged as a Tom Avon.

Ishiwata Record Breaker commonly known as Ishiwata 017.
Seat Tube: C-T.  55cm/ 21.5″
Top Tube:  C-C.  53.5cm/21″
Chain Stay: C-C. 39.5cm/15.5″
Wheel Base: C-C. 94cm/37″
Rear spacing: 120mm
Head Tube: 12cm
Weight: 4lbs 13oz
A proper ‘testers’ frame, ultra light and ultra tight and braze on for single lever only.

I sent the photographs to Stan’s son and he replied…

Regret I cannot find a record of this one, but this is definitely a Stan Pike, no doubt. The evidence is throughout in the detail and what a perfect example.

James also owns this lovely Stan Pike frame. Sadly both are too small for him. He would really love a 24″ frame. Do you know of one for sale?