Category Archives: READERS’ PIKES

PJ 181067

A couple of days ago I received an email from Paul Burrows…

I have Stan Pike frame that I bought for my 15th or 16th Birthday, which I think would be about 1982 or 83. It is white and has been on the road in a couple of guises since then. Last major overhaul was about 10 years back when it got a new Tiagra 9 speed groupset, but still running the original centre pull brakes as I couldn’t source new brakes with a big enough drop. Following some cable fails it is actually currently set up with a single speed conversion kit just to see if if that’s a thing I like. I am looking at getting it restored but wondered if you had any recommended restorers and if there is a source of replacement decals? Have some photos if you are interested ina dding it to the gallery, but it has seen better days and could really do with some tlc. Frame No is PJ 181067 which from memory was a custome request as that’s my birthday. Great site by the way.

I asked Paul for photos and any other information about the frame. He replied…

I bought it with savings and some money I got for my birthday in the early 80s, maybe 82/83. Ordered after seeing an add in a weekly cycling mag (don’t recall the title). It was the plain 531 as I couldn’t stretch the the double butted. One of my school friends also bought one around the same time. My brain is telling me that it was a double order but that might be wrong. His was red.

Measure up/sizing was done by my dad – he was a keen cyclist doing track racing out of Paddington Rec in his youth and later rode for the army team during his national service. TBH I think it was optimistically sized for me to grow into. I think it’s a 23” inch frame and as you can probably tell from the saddle position it is really still too big for me, but I am kind of used to it now.

SP 071138

Malcolm Howell sent me photos of the bicycle that was made fork him by Stan in 1981. It was originally fitted with drops, but it currently has straight bars. The colour is original and the frame size is 24 1/2″. He still has the build sheet.

Malcolm says the bottom bracket was reamed out and a steel sleeve fitted, and re-threaded by Argos of Bristol in 2004.

Malcolm has stopped riding and is looking to sell the bike.  He’s looking for around £600. Stan’s frames are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of, so grab one while you can. If you’re interested, or would like more information, please contact me.

P1

John Miller contacted me and said…

I attach four photos from 1958, when I was 17 years old and riding for the Edgware RC. The bike I am riding is a Wally Green that I bought secondhand from Don Farrell for £25. I borrowed the money from my mum and paid it back weekly! The frame number was P1 and I was told (I’m pretty sure I was told by Harold Peters, whom we knew as Pete, who was Wally’s frame builder in the late fifties and ran the shop in Hendon Central) that it was Stan’s first frame for Wally.

The equipment was:

  • Gears: Campagnolo Grand Sport with Regina 5 speed block 14-24
  • Chainset: 3 pin Gnutti splined cotterless, 52/48
  • Wheels: Small flange Campag with Fiamme sprint rims
  • Bars and Stem: Cinelli
  • Brakes: Mafac centre pull with GB levers

I was West London Junior Champion in 1959 and went on to ride as an Independent (Semi- Pro) for Wally Green/ Cafe den Engel Gent, in the early sixties. Proud to have ridden a small part of cycling history.

Unfortunately, I gave the frame away and it is now lost.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of John’s frame? It’d be great to track it down and add it to the website.

SP 181053

I was contaced in December 2017 by Rob Lane who said…

I have a Stan Pike frame which was made for Roger Lush. The frame number is SP181053. I can send some pictures, but it doesn’t have the original paint work or decals. I bought it off a friend who used to live down that way. I think the original colour was a duck egg blue. I got it resprayed, but didn’t get hold of any decals. I’m thinking of restoring it and I do believe you have some decals for sale on the website. Unfortunately I damaged the seat tube trying to drill out a seatpost that was stuck in it but I’m going to have a word with a local frame builder and see if it can be fixed and what the cost would be.

I sent the photos to Stan’s son who replied…

I do remember this one with the drilled rear ends. I also remember Roger Lush. I don’t have any details on it though from what I can see so would suggest it’s probably pre 1979, but definitely one of ours.

I contacted Brian Lush, Roger’s brother, who was one of the first people to email me when I set up this website. Over the years he has been very helpful in providing photos and information. He said…

Here are some pics Roger gave me of his Stan Pike as he built it. I later bought it from him and had it for training on the road. I then sold both Stan Pikes I owned.

It was a more darker richer blue than duck egg with a white panel in the middle of the seat tube.

The handle bars and stem was Cinelli, wheels Campag large flange on Mavic rims, Regina 5 speed block 13-17, Campag chainset with 54 ring that had the chainring lower bar removed and drilled, Nuova Record rear changer and lever also drilled,  Campag pedals, Weinnman 500 brakes also drilled. We drilled every thing possible including the seat pillar that whistled when cycling fast, this proved a bad idea as when it was raining, the bottom bracket and seat tube filled with water. I still have two Campag seat pillars I drilled out! The drilling looked pretty, but gained little in making the bike lighter.

PS 8201

Ron Badley contacted me and said…

I am in Reno, Nevada, US. As an old time rider I lucked into this Pike of Crewmerne and was excited with the beautiful long point lugs and mix of Huret, TA, Mafac and Campagnolo build. The frame number looks to be PS 8201. Built of straight gauge 531. Painted soft pale yellow. In great no rust condition and my size of 56cm or so. Very pretty bike and I would love to know the build year.

I saw this Stan Pike hanging on the wall of a local bike shop about a year ago now. I asked about it and found it for sale. I took it home for the $300 U.S.  and then made a few changes. The Nitto stem and town bars were to ease the seating position for local runabout use. A better seat post and saddle, and a set of Conti 28mm Gatorskins. Changes to the freewheel were a six speed set and a new chain.  I’m really happy with the solid ride and handling. I believe it to be a straight gauge tube set. The component set is pretty sweet vintage Mafac, Huret, with TA crankset. The bike gets compliments wherever I take it.

I contacted Stan’s son, Steve, and he replied…

Yes, this is frame number PS 8201, there were five built in this number range during 1982, all were 531 plain gauge. This particular one is a 54cm when measured correctly with a 22 & 3/8” top tube. A nice example with clear benefit of a warm climate!

PJ 16

In 2015, Giles Butcher contacted me and said…

I have a Graham Tomlinson bike. Any idea how I can tell who made the frame? I found a number and some letters on the bottom bracket section. I had to scrape the paint to see it clearly it reads PJ 16. I am presuming this frame was built by Stan Pike’s son, Philip? Do you agree?

In the early 80’s Graham Tomlinson set up his own cycle shop (Graham Tomlinson Cycles)  in Wellington, Somerset. His first name branded frames were built by Stan and Phil Pike who taught Graham the art of frame building.

I forwarded the photos to Stan’s son, Steve and he replied…

Yes, it is one of ours. 22 & 1/2″ frame built from 531 tubing. Was trying to figure the age and not too sure, but at a guess I’d say circa 1979/80.

Giles was understandably very happy. He said…

Wow! Great news! Thanks for your support researching this. The bike frame is too small for me, which is a shame. I intend to sell it. I needed the wheels, which is why I bought it.

Giles sold the frame. The next owner then sold it on to Hilary Stone where it’s available to buy for a very reasonable £195 – see here for further details (scroll halfway down the page).

Graham Tomlinson’s wife has been in touch to say some decals for  Tomlinson frames are still available. Get in touch through the contact form and I can forward your details to Graham.

 

Thanks to Hilary Stone for allowing me to use the above photographs.

SP 7927

David Hebditch contacted me with two bikes he wanted to sell (SP 7927 and SP 5052290). Both were too big for him, so he was keen to pass them onto someone who could make good use of them. I put him in touch with James Soanes who has been looking for a large Pike for some time.

Here are details of SP 7927:

  • Stan Pike Time Trial
  • Ishiwata 017 frame; silver braised; 23.75″
  • 3T stem
  • Campagnolo Pista 177.5 chainset
  • Nuovo record derailleur
  • Rino seat post
  • Cinelli handlebars
  • Universal CX brakes
  • Royce wheels
  • owned by former Somerset TT champion Geoff Chiles

I contacted Stan’s son, Steve, and he replied…

7927 was built in mid 1979 for Geoff Chiles. Built from Ishiwata 017 tubing as stated and is silver brazed.
It’s a 23 & 3/4” frame with 22 & 1/2” top tube, 1 & 1/4” Fork rake and 13 & 3/4 wheel clearance.

I’ll  update the page as and when James sends me photos of the restoration.

SP 5052290

David Hebditch contacted me with two bikes he wanted to sell (SP 7927 and SP 5052290). Both were too big for him, so he was keen to pass them onto someone who could make good use of them. I put him in touch with James Soanes who has been looking for a large Pike for some time.

Here are details of SP 5052290:

  • Stan Pike Road
  • 531 frame; 24.5″
  • Omas headset; Campag fluted seat post
  • Paint job is rough, however marking indicate stan pike and has provenance of former owner who I brought it from (same as above)

I contacted Stan’s son, Steve, and he replied…

Regret no detail on that one, although I do have records with that same series of numbers, just not that particular one.

I’ll update this page as and when James sends photographs of the restoration.

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.