A Day at the Beach…

… we didn´t have, but the ride to Lechlade

with our friends was great, too. Marvellous weather, great scenery, wonderful bikes. One was this Hetchins:

It ia a gently modernized specimen in more or less daily use. Unusual in having a straight rear triangle and in that the fork crown has Hetchins tangs while the frame lugs are plain pointed ones.

The headbadge is one of the run made by David Miller in the mid-nineties when he had them cast in brass. There is one on my 1992 path racer, too, and I have to say they are rather thick and heavy looking, not all all as clean and sharp as the rest of the frame. Still, better than nothing.

Mafac Competition brakes with the hens´ teeth straddle cables.

The seatclutster arrangement is very nice. It adds to the Italian touch the frame has, and makes it rather unusual. Note that the cable stops for the brake outer are all asymmetrical.

Lots of chrome, too, contrasting in a quiet way with the black paintwork.

All in all one of the nicest bikes I know.


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