Maclean – 1949


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1949 Maclean:

Fabulous and totally original chrome frame Maclean, bought new by the lifelong owner. I am not sure a bike could come with more provinance than this beauty, 1949 and it comes with the original invoice and 10 x year guarantee, signed by the shop proprietor and owner of Macleans!

David Boak (who still lives in North London) bought this machine in 1949, he paid £15 + £3 extra for the all chrome frame, by saving his train fare. Instead riding his old heavy Sunbeam fron North London to work in central London and back every day. When he had accrued enough, he cycled to the Macleans shop in Upper Street, Angel N1 on the 12th February 1949, only to find the blue enamel bike he had lusted after for so long had been sold, so he bought this chrome one instead!

This would have been like owning a Ferrari in the 1949 world of single speed, 20Kg gas pipe bicycles. With Elka lugs and Reynolds Double Butted lightweight 531 tubing, invented in 1935 and the pinacle of racing tech. Unavailable during the war, 531 was super expensive in the years just after, so this frame was “the best money could buy”. On top of that, it was fully chromed!

  • It came with the latest Williams Crankset and “sprint” pedals (I have replaced the original missing red leather straps with new)
  • The latest Simplex “Tour d’ France” tech 5 x speed rear Deraileur., with a single jocky wheel, as they thought two would increase friction
  • The latest “wonder” material Hiduminium brake set
  • Dunlop special lightweight 26″ rims laced to special chrome hubs with “racing pattern” beaded tyres and a delightful Joseph Lucas mileomiter showing 1700 miles (plus the total from the original mileomiter I have also) QR Wing alloy nuts
  • GB bars and stem with red Tesorex cotton tape
  • All the original 1949 cable outers and Terry clips, with new inners, original Eibar bell and its original “Lita” headset
  • Brooks Professional saddle on a “Lita” domed alloy seat post

I recently rode this fabulous bike down the Strawberry line to Cheddar and ascended the Gorge road, so I can tell you it really works and is an absolute joy to ride, a real trip back to the past. Delightful!


Maclean – 1949