This machine was purchased in 2005 as a frame and set of forks only.
It was my aim to rebuild into a classic lightweight touring machine, worthy of the accolades which were bestowed upon the
Worksop Company's finest handbuilt machines.
The refurbishment took nearly 3 years, although the cycle has been in
a rideable state for nearly two. I am always on the look out for period parts for it. I am currently looking for a pair of
brake cable end ferrules to fit the GB Arret hoods...
The Flyer has 22-1/2" frame made from Reyolds '531' tubing. It
has 'Carlton lugs'. The frame number dates it to 1964. I have attempted to put all that is the best into this machine, hence
you will find Campagnolo components throughout, GB brakes, Brooks saddle, Carradice saddle bag and Bluemels lightweight mudgaurds.
A few concessions to modernity are the Campag Veloce chainset and sealed Campag bottom bracket bearings. A Gran Sport chainset
will probably ulimately be fitted.
With all the components fitted the machine still weights in at a respectible
sub-23lbs. The machine handles well and the gearing using a 39/53 chainset with 22-tooth rear spocket is fine for me.