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1954 CHAMPIONSHIP MODEL
STANDARD SPECIFICATION COMPONENTS

Wheel Rims - Dunlop 'Endrick' pattern welded and chromium plated steel rims, These were 26 x 1.1/4" rims, drilled 32-hole for the front, and 40-hole for the rear.

Endrick Rim

Spokes - Were specified as "rustless" (i.e. zinc plated) and double-butted (available in 14/16 or 15/17 gauge). These were laced from the hubs to the rims generally cross 3 on the front wheel, and cross four on the rear.

Spoke

Hubs were optionally from two companies. 'BW' (Bayliss Wiley & Co.) with their 'No.9' and 'No.10' race hub, or the BH (British Hub) 'Solite'. In both cases these were narrow barrel chromium plated steel hubs with steel flanges, drilled 32-hole for the front and 40 for the rear.

BH Symbol

BW Front Hub
BW "No.9" (Front) & "No.10" (Rear)
BW Rear Hub
BH "SOLITE" (Front)
BH Solite Rear
BH "SOLITE" (Rear)

Track Nut

Tyres were specified as Dunlop 'sprite'. These were sized 26 x 1.1/4" to suit the rims, and available in two patterns, the second shown, being more suited to club / touring use with their heavier block tread pattern.

Sprite

'Sprite'
Tourist Sprite
'Tourist Sprite'

William C34 chromium-plated steel 6.1/2" 3-arm plain cranks. Generally fitted with a 46-tooth chain wheel, but also available in 44 & 48 tooth.

EW SymbolThese were produced by Edward Williams & Co. of Birmingham, England, and can be recognised by a stamp on the rear of the cranks, as seen here.

C34 Crank

For the rear drive, standard fayre was a single-speed freewheel or fixed sprocket, Villiers or Bayliss-Wiley producing some of the best. Rear hubs were often seen run with a freewheel on one side and a fixed sprocket on the other, ready to be swapped round for a bit of extra legwork - Just don't forget to fit the lock ring !

 

BW Freewheel
BW Freewheel

Villiers Sprocket
Villeirs Hub Cog

Lock Ring
Lock Ring for single fixed sprocket.

Pedals were optionally by Brampton Fitting Ltd, with their steel bodied and caged No.8, or the aluminium bodied and steel caged Philite, by J.A.Phillips Ltd.

Phillips Logo

Brampton B8 Pedal
Brampton No.8 (B8)
Philite Pedal
Phillips 'Philite'

Bends (Handlebars) by Strata, in a Maes pattern were common fitment. These were aluminium alloy and were also available in a number of different patterns to suit the customer.

Strata Bends

Handlebar Stem - Rattray's manufactured and had chromium-plated, their own steel stems and these were specified on the base models. These were available with a 2 " or 3" extension.

Rattrays Stem

For the handlebars, the customer could choose between convention 'Shockstop' grips, Sleeves by John Bull, or cloth tape.

Shockstop Grips
Grips
John Bull Sleeves
Sleeves
Cloth Tape
Tape

Saddle -The ubiquitous B17N Champion narrow leather saddle by J.B.Brooks & Co. - What else would it be ?

B17 Saddle

Seat Pillar / Post - Strata aluminium alloy pillars appear to have been commonly fitted, and used in either the 27.0 or 27.2 mm size depending on wether the frame tubes were Accles & Pollock, or Reynolds (respectively).

Strata Post

Mudguards - were optionally alloy or celluloid, in narrow or wide section similar to the Bluemel's 'lightweights' as seen here.

Bluemels Guards

Brake Cables ; were generally similar to those supplied with GB brakes in that they were silver/ grey in colour, with woven outer cover. Although other colours were available at this time, silver and black seem to have been the most common.

Brake Cables


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