J F Wilson

circa 1985

This J F Wilson frame was lovingly hand crafted by James (Jim) Frederick Wilson in the mid 80’s from Columbus SL double butted steel tubing which offers supreme comfort and ride quality.

Jim 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.

This high quality machine has a wide range of gears and is topped off with a leather Brooks saddle and bar tape – it’s a dream ride.

J F Wilson with Brooks saddle and bagWilson headbadgeWilson frame
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We try to ensure every bike is well suited to the rider, as a result we have included the following as a guideline for the ideal rider:

Height 5’3″ – 5’6″ (160 – 168cm)
Size (Seat Tube) 53cm
Top Tube 53cm
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  • Pink
  • Campagnolo Record dropouts
  • Cinelli criterium bars
  • Mavic MA40 700c QR wheels
  • Shimano 105 12 speed
  • Columbus SL double butted tubing
  • Brooks B17 saddle and bar tape


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