He used the bike like this for a while, before moving onto
something else, so letting it
languish in the corner of his garage, until I spotted it.
of Dennis's garage over the last couple of years, and would often wander
over and inspect it, wondering what make it was.
I always had a strong suspicion that it was something
interesting and worth looking into.
I eventually asked Dennis if he was going to restore
or rebuild the frame, at which point he said I should
take the frame and do with it what I will,
as he had no further interest in it.
It didn't take me long to realize, once I had the frame at home, and got
into some research, that my initial interest was well founded.
The frame turns out to be a very early, possibly
mid/late forties Ephgrave, built by non other than
the legendary Les Ephgrave himself.
THE BAD NEWS
So that is all the good news, the bad news
is that the frame had been left sitting on
the floor of the tip, and people had been walking
With the result that the down tube is badly bent,
and the top tube is a bit bent, and the seat cluster seems to have
taken some serious punishment at some time during it's life.
THE GOOD NEWS
But the good news, is that, while I have my hands full
of bike work and projects at the moment, and for the next little while,
I intend to fully restore this beautiful machine back to it's
former glory when time allows.