Logged Carpenters

John Gill, the Carpenter Marque Enthusiast for the V-CC, maintains the authoritative register of Carpenter bikes, as well as compiling the wealth of information which formed the basis for his very informative section on www.classiclightweights.co.uk  – Peter Underwood’s site. The information here gives more details on some of the Carpenter bikes in our collections and owned by contacts we have made. If you want to add another, or more details on one already included, contact us on petersbed (at) aol.com

Carpenters seen publicized in the wider world , some of unknown frame number,  are shown in the gallery on a separate page – see the tab above.

Carpenter bikes (PSB=Peter, Sonia & Paul Bedingfield, JGB=John, Janet & Joe B).

1920’s

1930’s

  • ’36 #3060, Clubman                            Road/TT        Fixed         (John Goldsmith)
  •  ’36 #3115,  DP                                         Road/Path  Fixed         (PSB)
  • ’36 #3138,                                                                                                  (Ted Bather)
  • ’37 #3257, Ace Continental              Road               3 sp            (PSB)
  • ’37 #3388, Clubman (?)                      Road/TT        Fixed         (Steve Harding)
  • ’39 #3693, Supalite Tandem           Tandem          3(+SA3)    (PSB)

1940’s

  • ’46 #3756,                                                  Road                 3                   (Ian Bull)
  • ’47 #4041                                                    Road                 frame only
  • ’47 #4140                                                    Road/TT         Fixed           (Mick Bradban)
  • ’47 #4146, SA Speed Ace                   Road/TT         SA3              (PSB) ex. Jack Manning
  • ’48 #4216, Super Clubman              Road/TT         Fixed           (JGB)
  • ’49 #4296, Supalite Special             Road/TT         Fixed           (PSB)

1950’s

  • ’50 #4494                                                   Road                  frame only  (Steve Ball)
  • ’51 #4571, SA Speed Ace                  Road/TT          SA3            (John Goddard)
  • ’51 #4614, Ladies                                  Tourer               5                 (Sharron von Tutschek)
  • ’52 #4649                                                   Road                                  (Ian Bull)
  • ’52 #4658                                                   Road/TT           Fixed        (Ian Bull)
  • ’54 #4871                                                   Road                  2×5             (John Whiffen)
  • ’54 #4893, Olympic Pursuit             Road/Path     Fixed         (PSB)
  • ’54 #4908, Olympic Pursuit              Road/Path    Fixed         (PSB)  ex. Tony Hunt
  • ’55 #4921, Super Clubman              Road                 2×5              (PSB)
  • ’56 #5000, Lightweight Tourer        Tourer             2×3(+SA4) (PSB)
  • ’56 #5012, Olympic Massed Start   Road                2×5              (PSB)
  • ’56 #5035, Olympic Pursuit              Road/Path     Fixed          (Rod Boot)
  • ’57 #5071, Olympic Pursuit              Track(Pursuit)Fixed       (PSB)
  • ’57 #5085, Olympic Massed Start? Road                4                   (“WyvernRH”)
  • ’58 #5123, DP                                           Road/Path     Fixed          (Paul Duchene)
  • ’59 #5201,                                                  Road                 3×5              (Pete Kennish)
  • ’59 #5252, Clubman                             Road                 1×5             (PSB) ex. Bill Wates, EGCC
  • 1960’s
  • ’60 #5279, Lightweight Tourer,      Tourer                                  (Ian Bull) ex Bill Inder
  • ’62 #5371                                                    Road/TT          Fixed        (Jean-Paul Burch)
  • ’63 #5421                                                    Road                  2×5           (Ian Bull)
  • ’63 #5435, Olympic Massed Start  Road                 1×5           (Patricia Killiard)
  • ’64 #5444, Olympic Pursuit              Track                Fixed        (Richard Williamson)
  • ’64 #5479, Super Clubman                Road                 2×5           (JGB)

 

Preserve or restore? PSB/JGB policies are thus:

  • Our bikes are to be used and enjoyed, not preciously buffed for showing.
  • We make every effort to ensure that every bike, once back in rideable condition, is used at least annually in its design mode – track, TT, road, touring, etc.
  • Where the paintwork is original and still protecting the steel, we just clean and touch in where necessary – especially if the bike has a known history.
  • Where the bike has poor enamel or chrome, or has been restored in the past, we are more likely to re-chrome, re-enamel, then start the long job of enthusiastically re-patinating them.
  • Components fitted are, as far as practicable, appropriate to the bike and, unless stated otherwise, period correct using Carpenter’s catalogues for guidance. In reality bikes were custom built to order, then constantly ‘updated’ with new bits over a 10 or even 20 year competitive life as things like chains, chainrings & pedals, wore out or new fashions emerged. Some of our builds reflect this. For example #4921 has a ’55 frame, early ’60s bars and mechs, saddle, late ’60s wheels, chainset and b/b, ’70s pedals & brakes.
  • We use modern tyres and tubs. We often switch wheels between bikes to suit the event in hand.