**1953 FREDDIE GRUBB 'Perfection' **
Size 23in c-t.
Price: £350 for the complete bike.
The 'Perfection' model was the top-of-the-range Freddie Grubb frameset for 1953. Featuring special hand-cut lugs of scroll design, the fine example shown here was constructed of double-butted tubing (Reynolds 531 or A & P Kromo - not sure which).
Freddie Grubb was a top racing cyclist and record-breaker in his day and his firm began building high quality and innovative lightweight cycles in south London from about 1914 until 1952. At this time the firm was taken over by WF Holdsworth. My frame must have been one of the first of the Holdsworth-built Freddie Grubbs.
Holdsworth clearly held the Perfection lug design in high esteem because they 'stole' the design and used it for their own 'Monsoon' road racer which was offered from 1954. As such, the Holdsworth-built Freddie Grubb Perfection is a rare model as it was built only for a year or so.
I recently restored this frame and built it up as a single-speed machine using 700C wheels and with decent quality non-period components. It could easily be converted to fixed gear of course.
The frame alignment has been checked so it's straight and true, and it rides very nicely. The colour is 'Eau de nil', with cream seat band and lugs lined in gold. It is fitted with a period-correct headset.
Frame and forks: Double-butted throughout. Feature cut lugs. Braze-on cable stops for rear brake cable.
Rims: Mavic 700C ceramic
Hubs: Campagnolo, stainless steel spokes,18t Shimano freewheel.
Tyres: Michelin Axial Pro
Bars: GB Maes
Stem: Quill type.
Saddle: Selle Italia Trans Am
Brakes: Weinmann all-metal 730, drilled levers
Chainset: Shimano-copy with 42t ring
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo
It can be viewed at Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. I will not post but could deliver to the West London area for a small fee to cover my fuel costs.
Feel free to call me on 01491 638307 if you need more info, or send a PM.