is a1958 Hetchins Experto Crede that was obtained from David Miller
as a frame in need or a respray.
still builds Hetchins today carrying on the hetchins tradition.
I filed and sanded away on the frame to remove old paint and improve
the lugs appearance. then I took it to Ed Litton in The Bay Area,
CA for a respray in British racing Green. Then I mounted 1970's
Campagnolo parts I had on hand including a triple crankset to get
up the hills around here.
is the history of the Experto Crede model by Hetchins.
"The Experto Crede -- expert's choice -- lug design was introduced
in 1950 as part of the "Latin Series". The Phase II replaced the
Phase I in 1951 and was produced until the 1970s. The Phase I is
very rare and only 3 or 4 are extant. See
XC used cast lugs at first, and throughout its production. Pressed
lugs were introduced later; they were first mentioned in the 1956
catalog, slightly cheaper. In 1959 or 60, The Plus is first mentioned
in the catalog. The Plus is distinguished by extra re-inforcing
tangs on the fork crown, bottom bracket shell, and brake bridge.
Only five Pluses are extant. Click
here for Plus.
XC Phase II was very popular and over 180 are known to have survived.
Though not the most elaborate lug pattern, some collectors think
it is one of the prettiest ever designed. "