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 , 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

  •  ’35 #3021                                                Road/TT
  • ’36 #3060, Clubman                           Road/TT        Fixed         (John Goldsmith)
  •  ’36 #3115,  DP                                       Road/Path  Fixed          (PSB)
  • ’36 #3138,                                                 Road/TT                             (Ted Bather)
  • ’36 #3223                                                  Road/TT         frame       (Huw Evans)
  • ’37 #3257, Ace Continental             Road               3                   (PSB)
  • ’37 #3388, Clubman (?)                     Road/TT        Fixed         (Steve Harding)
  • ’38 #3540                                                 Road/TT        Fixed
  • ’39 #3642 Ace Continental               Road
  • ’39 #3680 USW Tandem                   Tandem                               (Graham Nevett)
  • ’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)
  • ’53 #4756                                                   Road/TT
  • ’54 #4806, Grand Prix Path              Path                                        (Mark Campion)
  • ’54 #4808, Ladies                                  Tourer
  • ’54 #4835                                                   Tourer
  • ’54 #4871                                                    Road                  2×5             (John Whiffen)
  • ’54 #4875                                                    Road/TT
  • ’54 #4893, Olympic Pursuit              Road/Path     Fixed         (PSB)
  • ’54 #4908, Olympic Pursuit              Road/Path    Fixed          (PSB)  ex. Tony Hunt
  • ’54 #4875                                                     Road
  • ’55 #4921, Super Clubman                Road                 2×5             (PSB)
  • ’55 #4933                                                     Road                 2×5
  • ’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 #5169                                                      Road
  • ’59 #5171, Olympic Pursuit                Track(Pursuit)Fixed
  • ’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 #5425                                                      Road                 1×8            (‘rogerthebike’)
  • ’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. What a godsend that ‘Continental 27″/700c remains the most common rim size after 80+ years! We often switch wheels between bikes to suit the event in hand.
  • We use period correct chains where we can, sometimes having to resort to new ones. Another godsend – the half-inch pitch chain is still current. (Note: she of our older track bikes have inch-pitch transmission, block or roller chains).