This machine is now in the safe hands of Charles Watson.
Phil was one of the truly hard riders, starting as a junior with his local Halesowen CC where I expect he first saw Majors bikes in serious use. He moved to the Thornhill and subsequently signed for Raleigh as a professional in 1973. (Wikipedia entry for Phil)
This short wheelbase machine with pedal overlap must have been one of his TT bikes.
It is in Major’s favourite Pillar Box Red with white panels and Red Major Nichols transfers. A smaller white MN capital set is on the chainstays and Reynolds 531DB on the seat tube top.
The Reform Street badge and number suggest it is one of the last of the old vintage, early in 1971. It is not a frame in the shop record and this appears to be a feature related to supporting good riders. Only one of Ant Taylors for instance, of the nearly 20 he had, is shown as his. We will wait and see what turns up.
Unlike Ant’s in the 60’s, Phil’s machine is built for a double chain ring set-up. The frame looks typical of the ‘best’ bikes, minimal braze-ons and Prugnat lugs, in this case the 62 D series and a nice cast RFG (Raccord Gargette Freres) BB shell, a nicely refined Vagner No. 12 fork crown and not much fork relief.
Full wrapover seatstays with double fishtail motif in white. Lug lining also white with black around the head panel
A short wheelbase with the Campagnolo adjuster at their limit. Braze-ons are just rear derailleur cable stops.
Universal model 66 sidepulls and levers with hoods on Cinelli Giro D’italia Bars and probably a Cinelli 1A stem. Tressorex Bar Tape at a guess. Not sure about the headset. Looks like one of Major’s favourites.
Alloy plain seat pin with a Seamless Fujita Manufacturers Co. Saddle. Pretty unusual. They made some good copies!
Campagnolo band on levers serving a Campagnolo Nuovo Record gear train with a big 56 tooth top ring. Proper Campagnolo cables too. Campagnolo pump clips and cable clips. Probably Campagnolo Strada Pedals.
Wheels are both 36 spoke Mavic sprints on Campagnolo SF Records at a guess. All in all, a top bike in grand original condition.
There will be little portfolio of photos of him gathered by Felix and Charles in a Riders room later.