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!
I was contacted by Mike Short from Austin, Texas, USA. He has recently purchased a Stan Pike, frame number SA 12, and says…
Here are some photos of the Pike. It is a bit rough and unfortunately someone added seat tube water bottle mounts. These appear to be a threaded sleeve in which the M5 allen screws go. I would consider a re-spray and have the holes filled, however I don’t think the “Pike of Crewkerne” decals are available. I have also noticed that the head tube decal is different from the regular “SP” decal – the border is different. So since I cannot get these decals I might just leave everything alone.
The frame has a Campagnolo headset and a Campagnolo 27.2 seatpost. Bottom bracket is Sugino as are the cranks. It is set up as a triple with a Suntour Cyclone GT rear derailleur and a Suntour front derailleur. Freewheel is Suntour, hubs Normandy with Super Champion clincher rims. Pedals are Lyotard, SR stem with Nitto Olympiade bars and a Weinmann brakeset.
I have since stripped the frame down and found a matching SA12 stamp on the steerer tube. No rifling so it appears to be a 531 fork. I will get a photo of the steerer some time soon.
The frame is beautifully built with extremely clean crisp lugs which were also beautifully thinned, a really lovely frame. I asked the owner about it’s history and he says that he was told that the frame (not sure if this was a complete bike) was imported by Bill Lewis Imports here in central Texas. Bill Lewis sourced good quality frames from Italy (Tommasini, Zullo, Picchio etc) and up to this point I had never heard about him importing frames from the UK.