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Quiet_Mike

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    Making some bike shed art ...

    The start - this awesome 1949 photo of the Rotrax team in 1949, shared by William Bolton on the Rotrax facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/22547375­1578010/

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    Choosing colours. Rotrax shop front was always red I think.

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    After working out the rough size, I found a scrap piece of ply in the shed, from my precious 'come in 'andy one day' pile my missus is always moaning about.

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    After tracing over the sign digitally, I printed this linework out and used it to trace around.

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr


    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr


    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    Now the fun part, laying down the paint! I'm using 1 Shot signwriting enamels, so these will be fine out in the elements.

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr


    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    Adding the border, from cheap B&Q arcitrave.

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

    Ta da!

    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr


    Reproduction 1949 Rotrax Cycles sign by Mike, on Flickr

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    Thanks Forty45.

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    There's been some good posts on the facebook page. The photo of the 1949 Rotrax Team is superb! I plan to ride over and see the old chap who posted that as he's a mine of information.

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    A heads up on a local Southampton Heritage group on facebook made me take a trip out to the old Rotrax shop in Shirley last week. The previous tennants had moved on, taking their cheap plastic shop sign with them, revealing an old sign underneath.
    I was surprised to see there was no hint of a Rotrax sign though? And who was 'W. HARVELL.' ??

    Some googling refreshed my memory. Bill Harvell was a lightweight cycle specialist from the 30’s through to the 60’s. He had a couple of shops, one in Hillsea, Portsmouth, and this one in Shirley, Southampton. After the war ended he sold this to the recently RAF demobbed Freddie Prince. (Freddie and Bill raced and time trialed together before the war)
    Freddie then set up Rotrax Cycles here. (So this shop sign is from the 1930's!)
    Bill carried on with his small but popular cycle shop in Hillsea.

    Bill had an outstanding career as a cyclist, competing at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1934 Empire Games in Manchester, winning bronze medals in each.

    For more info on Bill there are a couple of excellent online articles I recommend you read -

    www.missmargueritewilson.com/blog?fbclid­=IwAR1lwkHe4CJuVS...

    www.classiclightweights.co.uk/harvell-wa­tts-reminiscences...


    1932 Los Angeles Olympics by Mike, on Flickr


    Bill Harvell, cycle shop sign reveal by Mike, on Flickr


    Bill Harvell, cycle shop sign reveal by Mike, on Flickr

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    Great project bike! Always admired Gillotts but never owned one.

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    Good to hear from you James, and another Jim Guard owner!
    I do not know the Baylis brothers, but found this on a quick search on google, so educating myself!

    SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTHAMPTON
    July 2010
    By Tony Taylor
    The long established Southampton Wheelers
    produced two top post war time trialists - Ken
    Whitmarsh and Jon Baylis. After the last war
    Ken Whitmarsh had recorded times for 25, 50,
    and 100 miles, of 58min 54sec, 2hr lmin 6sec
    and 4hr l0min 0sec. He clocked 4:18:53 to win
    the National 100 mile TT Championship in
    1952, while Jon Baylis took the same title in
    1961 with a time of 4:11:54. The Southampton
    Wheelers, including his brother David Baylis
    and Pete Betteridge were also the winning team.
    That year, Jon Baylis recorded a 4:02:42 in the
    prestigious Bath Road 100, but was beaten into
    2nd place, as was Pete Betteridge in
    the same event the following year,
    when he recorded 4:03:46. Jon
    Baylis recorded a 1:55:42 in the last
    50 mile TT of the season to clinch
    the runner's up position in the 1960
    British Best All Rounder (BBAR) the
    third Southampton Wheeler to have
    done so, after Johnny Potter and
    Ken Whitnarsh.
    1961 proved to be the club's
    most successful year, with the Baylis
    brothers and Betteridge winning the
    team prize in the National 12 Hour
    Championship. Jon Baylis was again runner
    up in the BBAR, and the team of Jon Baylis,
    Pete Betteridge and Ray Holt were runners
    up in the BBAR team award. The Baylis's
    grandfather Alfred, was a founder member of
    the Southampton Wheelers, and their uncle was
    the club's best pre-war rider.
    In the 1955 Womens' National 10 mile TT
    Championship, the Wheelers team of Anne
    Mounsey, Pat Clark and Olive Guard won the
    team award with a competition record.
    Another outstanding time trialist was
    Glen Longland (Antelope RT). He broke the
    competition record for 12 hours in 1983,
    1986 and again in 1991, breaking the 300
    mile barrier. Longland later turned his efforts
    to three wheels, and between 1989 and 1992,
    broke the tricycle competition record at 10, 25
    and 50 miles. The Antelope RT broke the team
    record on all these occasions, with R.Dadswell,
    T. Dadswell and N. Stroud. R. Dadswell also
    broke the 12 hour tricycle record in 1993.
    The Achilles VC was the first to affiliate to
    the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) in
    1944, to cater for road racing. An early success
    was the 3rd place by Ron Filsell in the first ever
    stage race in Britain, the 3-Day Southern Grand
    Prix, held that year. This club was superseded
    in the early 1950s by the Orion RC, later by
    the Test RC, and eventually the GS Europa.
    The leading road-men from these clubs in
    the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were Brian Packer,
    John Parfitt, Mike Lewis, Pete Glasspool, Colin
    Ayley and Derek Witt, who was
    tragically killed by a drunk driver
    in 2008.
    Southampton had its own
    cycle track at the Southampton
    Sports Centre, with regular
    meetings under the auspices of the
    Southampton Cycle Track League.
    Competitors were mainly from
    neighbouring Portsmouth/Gosport
    and Bournemouth/Poole area.
    In 1945 Freddie Prince bought
    a cycle shop in Shirley Road,
    Southampton, and started to build
    racing frames, giving them the brand name
    Rotrax (his shortened version of road and
    tracks). The business proved very successful,
    until mass production proved too much for
    specialist frame builders. For the 1950 season
    Brian Packer rode as an Independent (semi-
    professional) for Rotrax Cvcles.
    Another business in Southampton was
    Jim Guard Cycles. Jim Guard was himself a
    racing man in the Southampton Wheelers, and
    for seasons 1960 and 1961 he sponsored as
    lndependents, Test RC members Mike Lewis
    and Pete Glasspool.
    Over the years there have been many local
    cycling clubs in the area most of which had
    racing traditions in time trials, the majority
    have since disappeared. Some familiar names
    were - Crabwood CC Erramus CC, Southern
    Paragon CC and Solent & District RC,
    although the Sotonia CC still survives.

    http://www.yeovilcc.com/YCC%20content/YC­C%20newsletters/Pedaller%200710.pdf

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    Jim's old bike lives!
    https://www.strava.com/activities/172398­4085

    Thanks for the positive comments. It's good to keep a little bit of local cycling heritage alive.

    First ride was uncomfortable. I used my old method of raising the saddle an inch, whether it needed it or not, jumping on and hoping for the best. Saddle still felt a little low, and too far forward. I was perched on the back. Hopefully raising it a touch more will help for the return trip when I finish work tonight. Couldn't get top gear either, but that took two turns with a screwdriver once I got in. It's low geared, and they are very close ratio gears. You can tell Jim wasn't a great fan of wide ratio and double chain rings!
    My usual average speed commuting into work is 13/14 mph at the moment, on the 1948 Rotrax with a low geared 4 speed SA hub. My uncles 1955 Cliff Peters with 10 speed and a Campy Record derailleur is nippier, and I get 14/15 average on that. Even taking it steady, on a bike that didn't fit me properly, with no top gear, I got 15.5 on this ...

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    Anyone have an old bike computer that will fit this? Anyone recognise it?? Many thanks!

    Jim Guards last bicycle

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