J F Wilson bicycle

J F Wilson Competition

circa 1983

This J F Wilson Competition frame was lovingly hand crafted in the early 80s from Reynolds 501 tubing with window lugs. It was built as a racing bike for a local club rider and has been upgraded in recent times to a Campagnolo Veloce 20 speed with quality Mavic rims and Campagnolo hubs.

James (Jim) Frederick Wilson (J F Wilson) established Wilson’s cycles in Sheffield, England in 1948. The company has been making hand-built bespoke steel bicycles ever since. Jim was the first to produce rear dropouts with a gear hanger on his frames in the 1950s. He was a passionate frame builder and often worked through the night.

He built frames for 1952 Tour of Britain winner Ken Russell who rode a Wilson bike badged as an Ellis Briggs, as well as Ron Coe, a multiple British National Road Race Champion. When Tommy Simpson (the first British cyclist to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France) was about 14 Jim serviced his bike for free, as he could see the young lad from Harworth had talent and determination and was keen to encourage him.

His son Nigel now runs the business and is still manufacturing high quality steel frames from the same premises on City Road, Sheffield.

With easy to reach Campagnolo ErgoPower integrated gearshift and brake levers it allows shifting gears without having to remove a hand from the bars, so is ideal for the smaller rider.

There are no cracks or dents but a few paint chips, as can be expected of a bike this age. The bike still has its original paintwork and decals and is topped off with a classic Rolls saddle.

This little beauty is offered for sale at £345.00 including FREE delivery to the UK mainland.

Wilson steel frameWilson drilled cranksetWilson frame lugs
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  • Red
  • Super Custom drilled crankset
  • Cinelli criterium bars and stem
  • Mavic CXP33 and Campagnolo hubs 700c QR wheels
  • Campagnolo 20 speed
  • Reynolds 501
  • San Marco Rolls leather saddle
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