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Here's my new frame. Hand built in 1968 with Reynolds 531, Prugnut lugs and Wagner fork crown. It fits me perfectly. It's gonna need some restoration and lots of cool parts.

I plan to build it as a path-racer with classic British GB bars and Brooks saddle and then those beautiful Campy large flange track hubs. I think I will go with Suntour Superbe for crank, brake levers and front caliper. Not sure what headset, BB, pedals or rims. I don't really want it all campy. It's more fun to have a mix going on and the Suntour Superbe stuff has always made me drool.

Here's a Holdsworth site and three pics

https://homepage.ntlworld.com/nkilgariff/
https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/partim/IMG_0217.jpg
https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/partim/IMG_0216.jpg
https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b184/partim/IMG_0215.jpg
 

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Sweet frame and great component spec. If you do decide to repaint, PLEASE leave the chrome on the rear stays and keep it orange.... or BRG. It also needs a handlebar bag... maybe some cork grips.
 

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Restoration

I will restore to the original look, orange with blue panels, chrome fork and rear stays. I hope to be able to get a reproduction of the original decal set. I am taking it into Bicycle Specialties in Toronto tomorrow to see what they can do.

I've admired the look of the Holdsworth pro since I got into cycling in the 70's, so this is a build up of that frame with a mix of components that I like.
 

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Restoration Update

Bicycle Specialties can handle exactly what I need, the two colour repaint, all the decals, pinstriping, lug outlining and checking and correcting anything on the alignment. The only thing I didn't do is a rechrome. First, because the chrome is in good shape. Second, to rechrome you need to strip the existing chrome and that process eats at the brazing in the lugs, meaning you need to then rebraze and send it back out for chroming. This adds about $300 in costs and weeks to the turn around. As it is, I will have pics of the finished frame in five weeks or so.

The frame is in really good shape, almost no rust and just two small impressions from the shift levers and front derailleur. These will be filled with bondo.

It's built like a brick out-house compared to any modern performance frame, no fear of beer canning this baby. With track wheels and 25C tires it's gonna have a real solid feel.

As far as parts go, I picked up a Suntour Superbe track crank, 165's with a 49 tooth chainring. Bicycle Specialties has a vinatge parts guy who I will talk to when he is in next. They likely have a lot of the stuff I need. I could spend hours in that store but that's a post for a different forum.
 
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