LU6 3LR

Tim Stevens contacted me with details of his Stan Pike. He said…

As a young time trialist I was an admirer of John Woodburn and Pete Wells who both rode Stan Pike bikes. John won the 1978 BBAR on his light blue Pike, badged Ken Ryall. Pete worked at Don Farrell’s shop for a while in his younger days and owned several SPs ; the picture of him on this website shows him winning the ’78 National 100.

On 6th May 1981, and after much consideration, I ordered my bike from Broadway Bikes at Enfield (the nearest shop to my home which was a Pike agent was ). Made from Reynolds 753 throughout, I had previously had a bike made from Columbus PL,  but it was too fragile and flexed.

It has a 23 inch seat tube, 74 degree parallel with the head tube. I wanted a very close clearance at the rear end as I used Clement No 3 silk tubulars or 18 mm  narrow section Wolbers. Therefore I left it to Stan to keep the chain stay as short as he could get away with. The front end was to be close too, a 1 inch fork rake was specified. The trend at the time was for a close clearance upright frame, because it made the bike feel lively and also kept the weight down as the tubes were that bit shorter. A semi sloping fork crown was deemed to be lighter which is in effect cut out and not a solid piece of metal. A clever little touch I chose to save weight is to have half of a Weinmann 500 brake spindle brazed onto the fork crown and rear bridge, as well as a neater appearance it eliminated nut and washer to secure the brake assembly. Similarly a Campag gear lever boss brazed onto the down tube. I used a 5 speed Mailllard  dural block 13-17, very light, and single 55 tooth Campag piste chain ring. The original intention was to use 170mm Royce piste cranks but I used Campag 177.5mm, extra leverage being the reason and I couldn’t source Royce cranks of that length. There was an overlap of front wheel and shoes but as time trials are straight lines it didn’t really matter. Bottom bracket shell is a Saba precision with a titanium Royce bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is stamped with my name and my post code at the time, LU6 3LR. Lugs are spear point and cut out, again to keep the weight down. I lightened several components by hand filing, by this time the fashion for drillium was on the wane, so I filed the gear lever and brakes and removed the ends of the handlebars and seat pin. The narrow end of the stem expander bolt was also sawn off. Steel chainring bolts replaced with alloy items. Rear gear is a Huret jubilee, the lightest available at the time, but a rapid rear wheel change was tricky.
My diary records the list of components.

  • Modolo brake levers £35.50
  • Omas headset          £20.70
  • Royce b/b                £45.50
  • Cranks                        £46.75
  • Frame.                         £297.00
  • Rear gear.                  £28.28
  • Campag seat pin       £17.10
  • Cinelli saddle             £16.70
  • Cinelli stem                £12.50
  • Cinelli bars                 £8.00
  • Cinelli M71 pedals   £31.95
  • Brakes                       £5.75
  • Cables                        £2.25
  • Bar tape                      £0.59
  • Bar end stops           £1.00
  • Wheels Omas small Flange on Mavic cx18 £64.95
  • Block.                           £49.00
  • Sedis chain                 £4.00
  • Tyres                             £30.00 each.

I rode the bike for the first time in a 25 on 14 <arch 1982 and came third.

After a few seasons of racing, and corrosion caused by sweat, a respray was required, plain white without SP decals. It remains as such to this day, although now in a terrible state, but the frame is sound.

Update August 2017: Tim has had his bike restored to its former glory by Chris Davey. It looks amazing. See below for images.

Redbridge cc 25 on E72 near Colchester with a time of 55.48 – 11 September 1982
Redbridge cc 25 on E72 near Colchester with a time of 55.48 – 11 September 1982
Winning the Norland 25 mile TT on the F10 near Hertford with course record 56.34 – 19 September 1982.
Winning the Norland 25 mile TT on the F10 near Hertford with course record 56.34 – 19 September 1982.
Winning the Vegetarian C&AC 25 mile TT on the F1 6 July 1983
Winning the Vegetarian C&AC 25 mile TT on the F1 – 6 July 1983
Winning the V C Slough 25 mile TT on the F1 with 53.10, 23 July 1983.
Winning the V C Slough 25 mile TT on the F1 with 53.10 – 23 July 1983.
Winning the Alton cc 25 with 55.56 on H25/3 (Newbury) 14 august 1983.
Winning the Alton cc 25 with 55.56 on H25/3 (Newbury) 14 august 1983.

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SP 8206

John McCarthy contacted me with information about his bike…

I had a 531SL TT frame built by Stan back in 1982. The build was arranged for by Pip Brown of Stonehenge Cycles in Salisbury.  The frame number is SP8206 with 531 SL also stamped on the BB. There is also ‘EO’ in a triangle also stamped.

I used to race for the Salisbury Road Club back in the 60’s and early 70’s, but used a Mercian Superlight then!

The Stan Pike is a superb machine and I achieved personals on it at 10 and 25 miles.

  • 23 inch 74 degree parallel
  • Single brazed on DT lever
  • Campagnolo vertical rear drop outs
  • Campagnolo Record headset
  • Campagnolo Record 177.5mm crankset with Gipiemme 53T ring
  • Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear gear (marked 1981)
  • Single drilled DT lever
  • Cinelli 66-40 bars and Cinelli 13cm 1A stem
  • Dia-Compe Aero 300G brakes
  • Record SFQR record 28/28’s Mavic GEL280 / GL330 sprints
  • SuntourUltra 6, 13 – 18T freewheel
  • SR seat pin (original saddle fitted was Unica Nitor Mod.55 black)
  • Campag Record Pista pedals with Christophe toe clips and Binda straps

It will always be a true classic!

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I recently received an email from Mike Riley from Riley’s Cycles of SherborneHe said…

I have a Stan Pike ladies tourer. It has the owners name, Margaret Lowrey, painted on it. I believe she lived in East Coker and rode the bike extensively around Europe.

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I emailed Stan’s son, who said…

Regret I don’t have record of this one but I suspect it is one of ours, It will be a very early ladies frame though I suspect from the frame number, built in 1978. There are some other signs such as the seat lug/seat pin fastening method and the brazed fittings, plus the fork crown, all signs that it’s genuine.

If anyone knows of a Margaret Lowrey, from Somerset, (she was possibly a member of 1st Chard Wheelers) please get in touch. It would be great to know more about her and her bike.

Mike also said…

I would love to ride a gent’s Stan Pike as I live not far from Crewkerne and would like to show the folks in our cycle club what a quality English bike looks like. If you know of a Stan Pike gents bike or frame for sale around size 22 or 23 inch I would like to make contact with the seller. PS your website is a great resource and shows real respect for a great artisan.

PJ 75

Giles Butcher contacted me about a Fred Baker frame he owns. Stan built a number of frames for Fred Baker and Giles was hoping his was one of them. Unfortunately it wasn’t. But things aren’t all bad as Giles has recently purchased PJ 75. It turns out that PJ 75’s previous owner had been in touch with me in June* – he intended to sell as the frame was too big for him, but was keen to know if I could supply any further information about it. Here’s what I found out from Stan’s son…

This one is recorded as a 24 and 1/4″ frame with 13 and 3/4″ wheel clearance, built by Phil  in 1982 for Mark Cottrell. It’s built with Reynolds 531 plain gauge tubing (so not 531 double butted), but a lightweight and hand built frame nevertheless.

Anyone know a Mark Cottrell who owned a Stan Pike in the early ’80s?

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*You’d be surprised at the number of people who contact me, ask for information about their Stan Pike, I supply information after contacting Stan’s son, then I never hear back from them. Not even a thank-you. (Grumble over)

PJ BH3 7JX

Chris Jackson contacted me and said…

I bought the bike on eBay for my youngest daughter. She wanted the bike when she saw it one eBay, but wouldn’t ride it once it arrived!

It’s a 24″ wheel bike by Phil Pike (Pike of Crewkerne) and is built up with some good kit. Frame is 531DB tubing, 18″ size. Lugs appear to be Bocama Pro with cutouts. Crank is a Stronglight 49D, hubs are Maillard 700 Professional Large Flange. Frame has semi sloping fork crown, lamp boss brazed on right fork blade, and a chain catcher on the right seat stay. Pedals are SR alloy/rubber, stem and bars SR, brake levers MAFAC drilled, Weinmann centre pull brakes, Pletscher alloy rack, Simplex SLJ friction gear lever. The rear mech is a modern Shimano Acera, which will be replaced with a Maeda SunTour Vx-GT. The frame is in need of re-enamelling and I plan to get it painted the same colour by Argos.

I also plan to start putting some of the Springhill Cycle Collection bikes on my blog as time permits. Some of the machines do get an outing on some of our local V-CC rides.

The frame is stamped ‘H. Dighton’ and ‘PJ BH3 7JX’ which I presume is the original owners (Bournemouth) postcode. If anyone has any further information about this bike’s origins and history, we’d love to hear from you. I contacted Stan’s son and he said…

Built for a H. Dighton in 1982. It was a small 18 & 1/4″ frame. Maybe the only one on 24″ wheels.

Unless anyone else knows of any others?

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SP 65973

I was recently contacted by Nigel Dight, who wrote…

I inherited a Stan Pike bike from my uncle, who died a few years ago. The frame was made for my uncle, Victor Dight from Plymouth. Vic was the founder of Somerset Road Club in 1930 when he lived in Taunton. The frame is in its original condition, and has his name, Vic Dight and SP 65973, stamped on the BB.

I contacted Stan’s son, but unfortunately he has no record of the frame being built. However, he did say that it could date from around 1978 given the records that he is missing. 

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Patrick Wright contacted me and said…

Here are some pictures of another bike from the ‘Pike’ stable.  It was made for my late brother in law, George Reynolds Cannon.  I have no record of the date, but guess from the serial number that it’s a late “Pike of Crewkerne” model, although all the transfers were gone before it came my way. George lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and died  in 1992. He was very tall – some way over 6 ft 6, and the frame is correspondingly huge (69.5cm or thereabouts).  I am 6 ft 5 ins and find it a good ride as long as the saddle is as close to the post as possible – although the SunTour gear levers still seem a long way away! Unlike some other owners on this website,  I can be pretty relaxed about locking it up:  it would be impossible for 90 per cent of people to ride away on the thing. It was initially silver-grey and has been resprayed and reassembled once.  It now needs respectful restoration.

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SP 8178

Michael Bannon contacted me and said…

I rode Eroica 2015 with a friend on a 1982 Stan Pike tandem. Unfortunately we only got half way before a catastrophic front wheel failure sent us over the handlebars. I think this was secondary to a blowout, secondary to the front rim getting too hot from braking on one of the long descents. I bought the tandem two years ago in slightly tatty condition, did a service, only to find that the rear seat post was welded to the steel with corrosion. After mechanical methods failed I resorted to the caustic soda approach- which worked but stripped the  paint, so I had it redone with new stickers. The frame was unscathed by the crash and I have had a new front wheel built using a NOS 27″ 48 hole rim on ebay.

Hope to finish Eroica next year – although my stoker might be less than keen – so I could be doing it on a different bike!

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SP 22664

Simon Jones contacted me and said…

I have a bike I’ve recently bought. It’s badged as a Bob Addy. He had bikes made by other makers to sell through his shop. The frame number is SP 22664 with the word DRAYCOTT, both under the BB. The lugs look very similar to SP 25332 but without the cloverleaf cutouts. The drop outs are campagnolo with a Gipiemme brake bridge. Components include Campag nuovo record PAT.83 rear with record downtube shifters. Cinelli R1 stem and bars. Dura ace seat post. Modolo black professional calipers. I’ve seen on the internet that Stan Pike built frames for other shops. Do you think he might of made my bike frame?

As you can see, the brake levers are not correct, but look better than what was on there when I bought it. Also the saddle and front mech I’ve replaced with parts I’d got on another bike. The photo of the rear mech shows the dropout with 2 holes for a Portacatena and no holes for mudguards, so the bike was presumably built for racing. The rims and hubs look good so I’ll respoke the wheels. I hope the photos are good enough for the website.

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I forwarded photos to Stan’s son, who replied…

I know this one and knew from the pictures it was a Stan Pike, you can tell from the feathering on the lugs, no one else would bother to spend the time perfecting them! Built in Sept 1983. It’s a 23″ frame, built from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing for Bob Addy.

As it was built in Sept 1983, it means it was one of the last Stan built before his death in November 1983.

Now living in Australia, Bob Addy is very busy as a professional cycling coach. He has a hugely impressive list of achievements – amongst other things Bob is a former British Road Champion, Australia vets Road, Criterium and Time trial Champion, and has ridden in the Tour de France, Olympics games and Commonwealth games. See his website here. I emailed Bob in the hope that he might have some Stan Pike related information. He said…

Yes, this is a Stan Pike frame and I don’t mind it going on the website. My father had a TT bike made by Stan, low profile which I still have in the garage. I will try and get a photo of it over to you within the next few weeks.

Fingers crossed Bob will supply me with more detailed information and photographs. I’ll update the page if so.

SP 2163

Trevor Harrison contacted me about his Stan Pike and said…

I own a Stan Pike frame. Bought from Alltrax Cycles in Plymouth, I have tried to trace information on the original owner for some time. It’s a very light frame and a fast ride. Some details for you:

Reynolds 753 tubing – 21″ time trial frame
Powder blue with gold lug lining
Original riders name in gold on op tube – CR Sweet
Bottom bracket is stamped ‘Christopher Sweet’  SP 2163
Campag Super Record 52/42 Chainset
Super Record pedals
Nuovo record seat post and shifters/headset/front and rear mechs
Cinelli bars and stem
Ambrosio Sprint wheels + tubular tyres
Campag Record hubs
Regina CXS 14-24 freewheel
Reg Bottle cage
Leather saddle

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Trevor Harrison with his Stan Pike

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I contacted Alltrax Cycles and received some further information from John Benney. He said…

Here are some more pictures of the bike as it was when I purchased it from Mr Alan Cox who was the second owner of the bike having bought it from Mr Sweet of Plymouth. At the time of having the bike in the shop for sale I managed to trace Mr Sweet, he came to the shop to see the bike, unfortunately I was out at the time so did not get to meet him, but he did leave a contact phone number. I still have the receipt from Mr Sweet confirming the sale to Mr Alan Cox for £350 for the complete bike. Trevor Harrison bought the frame & forks from me as I striped the bike down & sold all the Campag Super Record parts separately.

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