Formerly of Upper Street, Islington, MacLean retain an ability to make the most hardened of London lightweight-watchers go all goey-eyed. This 50s example is true to the rule. Superb detailing, pencil stays, original paint and varnish transfers. Set up fixed, but on a flip-flop hub with a 5 speed freewheel if you wanted to run it geared down the line.
Mid 80s Peugeot Canyon Express. Clunker-style geometry and looks: laid back angles, double plate crown, bullmoose bars. This one’s equally at home cruising round the city streets looking bad, or rushing gravel trails with stable, sure footed cool. The perfect expedition tourer, this one will take you wherever you want to go in easy style….
Beautiful mid 1970s Condor. Parallel 73 degree head and seat tubes and small-offset forks (40mm) make this a nimble, agile race machine. Fantastic period colourway with chrome lugs. Nuovo Record group, including headset, seatpost and pedals and hubs, with Universal braking kit and Cinelli bars and stem.
A rapid single-speed cruiser, built for purpose and style. Unusual bi-lam lugwork, with period componentry keeping things simple and stripped back. Classic looks, and when you put the hammer down this thing flies…
By Hetchins’ standards, this is a relatively understated example. The workmanship and finishing, however, is second to none – and the deeper and longer one looks, the more it becomes clear that the choices made in the design of this Vede Mecum I were not dictated by budget, but by an ostentatious taste.
The build sacrifices neither form nor function to the other – staying true to the aesthetic and spirit of the original machine. A composite of continental parts: Italian gears (Campagnolo) and brakes (Universal), French crankset (Durax) and Bottom Bracket (TA), Belgian cockpit (Titan) and British saddle (Wrights). As handsome as they come.