Category Archives: READERS’ PIKES

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.

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?

SP R41232

Martin Badham contacted me with details of a Stan Pike he is hoping to sell on behalf of the original owner, Ron Smith. Ron is now in a home and any money raised will go towards the cost his care. Martin said…

It’s a 24″ Stan Pike touring bike Frame no. SP R41232 RE SMITH 4NE. Ron kept his cycles and jazz record collection, his great loves, in good condition.

I contacted Stan’s son, who said…

This one was built in Sept 1983 for Ron Smith. A 24″ frame with 22 &3/4″ top tube. Built from Reynolds 531 DB.

Update July 2017: The bike has a happy new owner.

Build details are as follows:

Front Wheel: 27” 36 spoke Mavic GP40 on Campagnolo small flange hub
Rear Wheel: 27” 36 spoke Mavic MA40 on Campagnolo small flange hub
Front Brakes: Campagnolo mech with Weinmann lever
Rear Brake: Campagnolo mech with Weinmann lever
Handlebars and stem: Saba “World Champion”  bars (36 cm), Cinelli 10cm stem
Head Set: Campagnolo
Mudguards: Esge
Chainset: 170 TA Cyclotourist 44/ 32
Pedals: Campagnolo, Campagnolo clips
Saddle and seatpin: Turbo saddle, TTT seatpin
Front Mech: Campagnolo
Rear Mech: Campagnolo
Block: 6 speed Sachs 13/ 15/ 17/ 19/ 24
Anything else: Jim Blackburn pannier rack; Large Carradice “Overlander” saddle pack.
Tyres (front and rear): Specialized Touring Turbo 27×1¼ (front), Specialized Touring Turbo 27×1 1/8 (rear).

SP D11948P

Martin Wills contacted me and said…

Sadly my friend Dave Pitman recently died. His family have been clearing his house and I have been assisting with disposing of his bike bits. I knew he owned a Stan Pike years ago, but when we found the frameset in the roof we were all surprised. Dave’s brother said if I made a donation to The Air Ambulance I could keep the frame, which is what I have done, with the intention of building it back to it’s former glory. It’s been badly resprayed at some time but the serial numbers are just visible. SP D 11948 P (Dave’s date of birth was 11th September 1948). I would be very interested in what tube set and what year it was made.

Dave often spoke of the frame he had built by Stan, but I really didn’t think he still had it, as he disposed of a lot of his old racing kit when he moved from Chard to West Coker in the 1990’s. Dave was at the top of his form in 1979 having just won the Western Division Championships the year before and coming second in the National Hill Climb at Hay Tor that year.  I wrote a brief history of Dave, that Ian Booth (Chard Wheelers) used in shortened version as an epitaph that he read out a Dave’s funeral. I can send it to you if you like so you can get a picture of the man the frame was made for.

The frame has been resprayed brick red, probably by Argos. I may just get some decals from Lloyds and get it lacquered over as the paint has covered well but has been applied a bit thick in places. I will take advise from Jim King, who is the best bike painter I have ever found. I think I already have some 531db stickers somewhere.
I will send you some photo’s as I make progress.

Stan Pike worked in the next department to me in Westlands back in the early 1970’s. I knew who he was, but never had any close contact with him. Small world but Bob White junior, who’s dad had the bike shop before Stan, worked with me in another part of Westlands in the 1990’s.

I contacted Stan’s son, who said…

This one was built in 1979, using Reynolds 531 double butted main frame tubes with Columbus chain stays. It’s silver brazed and is a 22″ frame.

Update 3rd April 2017. The frame and forks have been resprayed.
Update 2nd May 2017. Martin says ‘I’m not sure if Dave Pitman would of approved of the red saddle, but I thought it looked the part.’
SP D11948P outside 66 Hermitage Street, Crewkerne, where the frame was built 38 years ago.

PJ 23185900

Keith Glover contacted me and said…

Nick Watson passed your details onto me regarding the Stan Pike that I have just got from him.  I am coming up to speed on Stan Pike and its especially interesting as I live in a town practically next door to Crewkerne and often go past where the shop would have been.

The frame has been resprayed by Argos of Bristol. The original paint colour was white. As you can see I have some components, but not all. I have started by cleaning the wheels up and they are not too bad, but its going to take a while to finish it.

I contacted Stan’s son and he said…

This one was built for Philip Hamlin in 1983. Confirm the frame is built from Reynolds 531 plain gauge tubing as noted by the new owner. It’s recorded as a 23″ frame with 22 & 7/8 top tube. 2″ fork rake. 14 & 3/8 wheel clearance. 17 & 1/4″ chain stay length with 73 degree parallel seat and head tubes.

If anyone has any further information on the original owner, Philip Hamlin, please let me know.

Keith says his will send more photographs as the rebuild develops.