Chas Roberts Handbuilt Reynolds 725 Clubman/Roughstuff Touring Bike circa 2003.
Bespoke handbuilt bicycle by very well regarded Chas Roberts, from the Croydon workshop.
A combination of their Roughstuff & Clubman models its ideally equipped for touring, path or gravel riding - a versatile all rounder that can be ridden by anyone!
The frame, as with all Roberts bikes is a work of art, fillet brazed throughout and finished in metallic red with metallic gold logos and Roberts gold infill detailing on the bottom bracket shell and the tops of the seat stays.
Very well kept as the photos show with just the usual paint chips to forks and stays but very well touched in so impossible to photograph even.
It rides like a magic carpet compaeed to my carbon road bike and is very comfortable, especially on the big tyres, but also stiff and responsive, not all soft and wallowy.
Roberts are famous for racing and time trial bikes, they know how to make a frame!
Surprinsingly light too.
I'm selling as I'm re-focusing my collection on racing bikes and this was bought for my wife who isn't getting the time to use it and there is only finite space.
Roberts bikes seem to be appreciating fast with Owners Clubs and events now - this is an heirloom bike made by craftsmen that will last generations unlike the modern mass produced bikes selling for more online and in bike shops.
Fair opening bid - this was several thousand pounds new...a custom handmade frame from Geoff Roberts or Winston Vaz is well over £1000 frame and forks.
Spec is as follows:
Custom built Reynolds 725 heat treated & butted steel frame, fillet brazed throughout except the lugged bottom bracket, cantilever brakes, bosses for two bottles, pump, front and rear racks, dynamo lights & mudguards with stainless steel bolts throughout.
Frame number 030506 dating this to be the 6th frame built in May 2003.
Cinelli fork crown and curved blades, Stronglight 1" cartridge headset
Mavic silver anodised MA40 eyeleted rims laced with ss spokes to Shimano Deore hubs, Shimano skewers
Brand new made in Japan Panaracer Gravelking tyres in 700 x 32 size.
Shimano Deore triple chainset 46/36/24 170mm length and Deore front mech, rear is Deore XT, Shimano HG rear block, Sram PC80 chain
Shimano SLR cantilever brakes
Campagnolo Veloce brake levers with shifters, up & down
Modolo Gran Fondo ergo handlebars with Syntace stem
USE unidirectional Duro carbon seatpost with brand new Bontrager Aeolus saddle (as comfy as they say!)
Top tube bag with window for phone or GPS as shown in last photo
The long headtube makes the bars very easy to reach, and the low tube tube gives a very low standover height, ideal if heavily loaded.
In terms of size it will fit a wide range as the seat post is long and the frame is small - we are around 5'8.
Seat tube 43cm
Top tube 51cm
Headtube length 16.5cm
Handlebar height as shown 94cm
Seat height as shown 98cm
Standover height 71cm to lowest point of top tube, around 10cm lower than usual.
Axle to axle 103cm
Weight approx 10kg by my less than scientific climbing on & off scales with and without it.
I've included these measurements as I don't think measuring the normal way proves a lot on this frame.
Pedals are NOT included.
COLLECTION ONLY FROM CHELSEA, LONDON OR CROYDON, SURREY
9 days ago