Michael Nelson’s MN5438

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This 23” frame refinished at least 16 years after the Reform Street build is a nice club racer built in Reynolds double butted tubing with minimal braze-ons as was his fashion to allow options in fitting out.

The lugs are my favourite Oscar Egg Superchampion throughout including the bottom bracket shell. These are the Bob Jackson modified pattern to mimic Nervex Pro cut outs on the head lugs. The dropouts look like Cyclo. The chainstay and seat stay bridges are straight, the latter with reinforcement. The seatstays are ‘pencil stays’ with a small topeye as would be expected before the first wrapovers. The refinish is basic with no panels and a single colour and uses world champion bands to enclose the seat transfer and red gothic script as a contrast to the flam yellow finish. The bands and red script were not around in the 1950’s.

Presently the view is that the forks are from a later ‘quality’ MN road machine.

The braze ons are simply BB and chainstay rear derailleur guide and stop. Mudguard eyes are on the rear dropouts. Rear brake cable guides on the top tube at 4 o’clock. No pump pegs as they appear to have been taken off.

A prize find we will be able to add detail to later.

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