Hello Jim,

This is my early 70's J F Wilson. Reynolds 531, handmade in Sheffield, where I live.

Wilson's is still going strong, they will mark their 60th year in 2008.


I was given the frame and forks by someone who no longer wanted them. It was in a sorry state with botched touch up paint and the stickers scribbled out. I stripped it down myself with a heat gun and wire wool. I loved all the braze ons and the delicate lines I unearthed and wanted them to be a feature, so I had it clear powder coated. Original stickers from Wilson's.The components are mainly made up from vintage parts from the Wilson's shop, stuff I had lying around and a bit off the net.

57x22 gearing.
Crank from a Bickerton with vintage Belgian back sprocket.
27 x 1 1/4 wheels.
Mavic rims with Campagnolo large flange hubs.
Brooks B5n saddle (1968).
Modolo Flash brakes.
Moustache handlebars and cloth tape.
My Grandad's huge Denmark made "get off the cycle path" bell.

Thanks for a great site.

Cheers Mark



J. F. Wilson - side view
J. F. Wilson - front quarter view
J. F. Wilson - downtube detail
J. F. Wilson - lug detail
J. F. Wilson - drivetrain detail




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