Category Archives: READERS’ PIKES

SP 25360

A couple of weeks ago John Gannaway contacted me and said…

Hi, I have a Stan Pike – I am 5’6” and the frame size is 21.5”. It is a road frame with no mudguard eyes etc. It is equipped with campag group set. The frame number is SP 25360. I am the original owner, the frame was made in about 1981. It was hardly used as I finished cycling just before I received the frame.

I ordered and bought the 21.5” Stan Pike frame from CT Haines Cycles, Salisbury in 1980 or 1981.  The frame was bought for time-trialling, but between ordering the frame and receiving it I had stopped racing and was spending any spare time windsurfing.  Consequently the bike was built with the equipment detailed but it wasn’t used initially.  The bike was used in the early 90’s when I did a couple of triathlons but I would guess that the bike has done no more than 500 miles, as can be seen from the tyres which are original and show no tread wear.   

For most of the bikes life it has been stored in dry, well-aired lofts and consequently the frame and equipment are in good condition. 

When the bike was stored the originally fitted Campag fluted seatpin and Concor saddle were removed for fear of the seatpin seizing in the frame, unfortunately these have been mislaid.  The unbranded seatpin currently fitted is approximately 19 years old, the well worn Concor saddle is of a similar age to the frame.  The bike originally had Campag record road pedals and toe clips but when used for triathlon it was fitted with the Look pedals.  It was also in the early 90’s that the Avocet computer, which still works, was fitted.

Frame 21.5”

  • Reynolds 531
  • Down tube changers
  • Frame no: SP25360
  • The frame also has my name beneath bottom bracket shell
  • Headset Campag
  • Bottom Brkt Campag
  • Colour Metallic red, original paintwork and decals.
  • Chain set Campag record 52/42
  • Cassette 6 speed: 13,14,15,16,17,18.
  • Brakes Campag record
  • Rear mech. Campag Nuovo record
  • Front mech. Campag record
  • Wheels Hubs: Campag record large flange q/r
  • Rims:MA2 700C 36 spoke
  • Spokes: Stainless Steel
  • Computer Avocet 40
  • Handlebars Cinelli 65-40
  • Stem Cinelli 1A-8cm
  • Bottle cage Aluminium

John, who is based in Lymington, wants the bike ‘to go to someone who will cherish it’. If you’re interested in purchasing this beauty, let me know. Bikes like this are as rare as hen’s teeth – I doubt we will ever come across one in such wonderful original condition again.

Offers over £600 please.

UPDATE: Sold in less than 12 hours of the bike going online – to Rob Froud for £700. 


SP 22252 PW

Back in 2015 I was contacted by Graham Brown…

The frame number that is stamped under the crank is SP 22252 PW – I assume the PW is for Pete Wells. It also has PETE WELLS stamped there along with ISHIWATA ALPHA. I don’t know where or when my Dad bought it, but it would most likely have been in the last 20 years or so. He did ride it and race it, I would like to find out more myself.  It would be nice for it to go to someone who would appreciate it. Oh, and there are a spare pair of wheels with it. By the way my dad’s name was James Brown and he last rode with Fife Road Club.

James Brown, Graham’s father, riding SP 22252


I contacted Stan’s son, Steve, but in 2015 he unfortunately he couldn’t find any record of the frame. I did however share details of the frame with another Pike enthusiast (thanks Chris!)  who provided Graham with quite a lot of information about the build, components etc.

Everything went quiet and then a week or so ago Graham got in touch again asking me about selling it. He also said…

Last night I put it on the facebook site to see what interest came on it and low and behold a guy called Peter Clarke got in touch saying it was one of his bikes from the past. Peter Clarke (formerly Pete Wells) confirmed that it was a frame he had made for himself in 1979, but it was gold then and most of the cycle parts have been changed from when he raced it.

Pete Wells riding SP 22252 with its original gold

I contacted Stan’s son again (forgetting that I’d already inquired in 2015!), and this time we were lucky. He found records of four bikes built for Pete Wells…

SP22252A – 22&1/4” 74 degrees head tube, 73 Seat tube built from Ishiwata 017 Record Breaker tubing (built in 1978)
SP22252PW – 22&1/4” 75 degrees head tube, 73.5 degrees seat tube built from Ishiwata 015 (a) Alpha tubing (built in 1979)
SP7969 – 22 & 1/2” 74 head with 73 seat built from Reynolds 753 (built in 1979)
In October 1983 there’s another recorded as follows:
SP22252PW – 22&1/2” 74.3 degrees head tube, 74 degrees seat tube. This one had a 2 degrees slope on the top tube and is build from Ishiwata 015 tubing with Columbus SV chain stays. It also has a 13 &5/8 wheel clearance whereas the older one (from 1979) had a 13 &3/4 wheel clearance.
Pete recently got in touch with me and said…
Stan also built another frame for me in 1980 (which he exchanged for the gold one) which was built from 753 tubing.

So this is the 1979 Ishiwata 015 (a) Alpha frame.

Graham is looking to sell the bike. So if you want to get your hands on an Ishiwata frame  get in touch. Come’s with a spare pair of wheels too! Don’t hang around though as these bikes are getting harder and harder to find. Offers over £600. 
Graham is based in Coventry.

DF 142277

Judy Windwood contacted me and said…

My daughter has a Stan Pike. Well, more interestingly, it was Don Farrell’s Stan Pike. Bought from Don prior to his death. She has decided, with much reluctance, that she will sell it.

I asked Judy for more details…

My dad was a keen cyclist after the war and belonged, with some of his family, to Wellington Wheelers, Somerset.  My parents knew Graham Tomlinson and when he said that he and Terry Manuel were holding a meeting in around 1980 to reform the club, they were there. My husband and I also cycled and consequently brought our children up to ride as well.  (See PJ 25353). The children acquired a number of bikes, as they grew, through members of the Wheelers, including a Graham Tomlinson and a Mercian.

In about 1996, Terry Manuel told my parents that Don Farrell, then living at Porlock, was selling his bike.  We were looking for a bike for our daughter and arranged to visit Don the next time we were in Somerset.  The bike was a dark turquoise; it had been well used and needed some attention.  Don told us that Stan had built it for him.  The frame is stamped – DON FARRELL and DF142277.

Our daughter was 13 at the time and decided she wanted a purple bike.  And accessories.  She rode it a lot till she went to university and didn’t want to take the bike with her.  Over the last seventeen years it’s not been used much.  She didn’t really grow into it and struggles to reach the brakes, hence the more recent alterations.

The frame was resprayed by Argos and components replaced.  See spec below.  We couldn’t get any Stan Pike decals so just had his name made.  When we bought it, Don’s name was on the bike, not Stan’s, but Don included more decals of his name in the sale.

Becky has now decided reluctantly to sell her pride and joy.  As it’s too big for her, she thinks it will be better to have a bike which she will use and which fits.

I asked Stan’s son, Steve, if he had any details about the bike. He replied…

Unfortunately I can’t find a record of it, but I do recall it being made for Don and remember my father talking about it.

If you’re interested in purchasing the bike, please contact me. The family are looking for £450. Don’t delay, pick up a piece of cycling history before it’s snapped up! 

UPDATE 6 NOV 2018: As expected, lots of interest and sold very quickly.

Reynolds 531 frame and forks.  Framed stamped – DON FARRELL and DF142277
22” centre bottom bracket to centre top seat tube
40” wheelbase – centre to centre of dropouts
Chrome forks and rear triangle.
Rear dropouts with adjusters possibly Shimano.

36 spoke, 2 cross plain gauge to front and rear on Campagnolo QR hubs and Wolber Model 58 Super Champion rims. Rims have DF (Don Farrell) transfers

Campagnolo 170mm Mirage cranks, but pedals and toe clips are not necessarily original.
Campagnolo front and rear mechanisms. ExaDriveSystem Front  rings 52, 42, 32 and rear 7 speed block 14-32, not sure of manufacturer but original to the bike.

Campagnolo headset.

Campagnolo GS side pull brakes and levers.

Bike altered to concealed cables, but hoods original. Also secondary brake levers added to front of handlebars.

Cellini handlebars on un-named stem.

Original High Zurs mudguards.

Bottle cages, cable casings and saddle not original.

Spare sets of Don Farrell frame transfers come with the bike.

SP 19656

Michael Rowlands contacted me and said…

I am helping a charity sell a Stan Pike bike and wondered if you could help me with some information? The code on the frame is SP19656. Any information would be great, when it was made, what parts is was built up with, etc, etc. I dont know any other information other than it was donated to the charity in Guildford

I contacted Stan’s son Steve who said…

Regret I don’t have a record of this one, but can verify from the photos that it’s an early Stan Pike,  possibly 1975 to 1977, I would say going by the lugs. There were very few made with these.

One thing that is puzzling us is that the PIKE on the seat tube is from the Pike of Crewkerne transfers, as is the head tube badge on the back of the seat tube. The others are the usual Stan Pike transfers.

The frame number would suggest that it was made for someone with a birthday of 19th June 1956, so that would tie in with the date – a present for someones 21st birthday perhaps.

If anyone has any idea of the bike’s history, or where it has been for the last 40 years, we’d love to know.

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.


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.