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  • What’s the braze-on DS SS on the eBay Gillott?

    I've seen quite a few of those and wondered what they were for. My guess is it's a mounting for a rear lamp.

  • So an update then on my commuter.
    The Aluvac chainring disintegrated while powering up Blackheath hill, after only a few months use.
    With the help of @veloham we sourced a TA adaptor and new TA chainring.
    With the plan to fit it to my existing 49D cranks. Luckily there was no rush as it's been difficult finding a suitable BB, with it being for my daily ride I wanted something of quality that I could rely as I have already been through a number of inferior axles and cups.


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  • 49d 170mm cranks with single speed adaptor and 47t 1/8 chainring. With period correct some shaped bolts.


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  • Those with a keen eye will have noticed that the two cranks are different. The one on the left is the older type, with the chamfered edge.
    I have both sets. One set has the odd newer crank. I hadn't noticed until @veloham pointed it out.

  • Change of plan in the end.
    I ditched the 49D as I found a set of these on another bike. Stronglight 49A, 170mm cottered cranks.
    It's a very snug fit with a Baylis Wiley Bottom bracket and BW size 23 axle.


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  • Sorry, what a knob!

    I still like them and at least the drive side is the old one, that’s what matters. And crucially your bolts are dome headed :)

  • Just to be a total poindexter I think that’s a 55 or 54 or something. The 49a is the cotterless steel crank as far as I know. Still all the Competition steel cranks are nice imo, more slender and elegant!

  • I was tempted to get the frame resprayed while it was off the road, however I didn't.

    1. because it still has small remnants of paint and chrome.
    2. It's expensive to get it reprayed
    3. It blends in and looks shit so makes for a.great commuter bike.
      Instead I coated it in boiled linseed oil so it looks shit but shiny and hopefully slightly water proof.

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  • Tiny amounts of chrome left on the front drop out. Notice somebody at some point has squared off the slot to fit a modern wheel or axle.
    Also the mudguard eye has been drilled out for a larger bolt.?


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  • Spearpoint lugs


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  • Frame number on forks


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  • Three pin competition


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  • Ah I see, well I'm happy with it either way, as you say it's definitely a nicer looking crank.

  • Final touches to 543860 now.
    After having lots of issues with loose chains and chains falling off, I decided to made a block for my cyclo chain tensioner that I have had lying around.
    out of a D grip.
    The dropouts didn't have any notches for the block to secure too so it just wraps around the dropout plate.
    It was blue, I will need to paint it or seal it with something.


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  • I replaced the front rim as the brake surface was shot to bits. It was a Weinmann 27 1 1/4 and the new one is exactly the same.
    Great rim I highly recommend it.
    Spokes are 1.8mm/1.6mm double butted 300mm.
    I will take some photos tomorrow of the full build as I think it's ready to go.
    Though I still need some butterfly nuts for the mudguards


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  • Pedals need Looking at. I will probably swap them for modern SPD's though.


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  • Drive train


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  • Beausage.

    Innit.

  • Commuter ready


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  • I used to like the look of eggbeaters on my Gillott when I commuted on it.
    V practical for city fixed riding too IMO.

  • That seat cluster... Was it used by Gillott too?

  • That is unusual isn't it , Very similar to Ephgrave "lollypop" stay.
    Seller states that their father purchased it from Gillott.

  • Very unusual, I've never seen a Gillott with anything like that.
    As the frame is brazed I thought the frame maybe an off the shelf build but the frame number would suggest otherwise.
    A shelf built frame would normally have the year at the end of the sequence and the build number at the front,

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