My Clive Stuart bike was purchased years ago as a used frameset, from one of the better, road bike shops in Seattle. It’s built of 531 DB tubing, stays and fork with Campagnolo drop outs. The frame was constructed with a unique wrap-around design joining of the seat stays to the seat tube and an integrated seat post clamp. Prugnat lugs. It came with a Campy NR Headset and BB.
80's build of my bike pre-restoration
An early Brian Rourke, I'd bet same builder
The decals I recreated were produced by Velocals and are now available for purchase. Will cost you $57.00. Contact JR at VeloCals.
H Lloyd aka decals 2000 on ebay now offers a superior Clive Stuart reproduction decal set. The H Lloyd headbadge will replace the Velocals version on my bike.
Brakes - Campy NR
Headset - Campy NR
Bars - SR Royal
Stem - Sunshine
BB - Campy Record
Crank - SR Royal
Pedals - MKS
Ft Derailleur - Campy NR
Shifters - Campy NR
Rear De r- Suntour Superbe
Freewheel - Suntour Pro
Post - Campy SR
Saddle - Brooks Pro
Hubs - Sunshine Pro
Rims - 27" Rigida
Tires - Specialized turbo
Rourke Lugwork and details
Final Build 2015
Headset - Campagnolo NR
Stem - Cinelli 1A
Bars - Cinelli Giro D'Italia
Tape - Bennoto white vintage
Brakes - Campagnolo NR
Post - Campagnolo SR
Saddle - Brooks Pro small rivet
Shifters - Campagnolo NR
Ft Derailleur - Campagnolo NR
Rear - Campagnolo NR
BB - Campagnolo Record
Crankset - Campagnolo SR
Chain - Sedis
Freewheel - Suntour Winner 7 spd
Pedals - Campagnolo Record Superleggeri
Clips/Straps - Christophe
Hubs - Campagnolo NR small flange
Rims - Mavic GP4
Spokes - WS
Tires - Vittoria Tubular
The curved QR skewers and brakes are not mid-70's vintage but pretty close. The VO retro bottle cage is new but looks great on the bike. Now replaced with a Zefal classic.
My Clive Stuart, both share the distinctive seat stay cluster
Clive on the right, I wish I had painted the headtube panel the original white
Both bikes were likely built by Paul Washington
With a little practice, it's not too difficult to outline the lugs with a paint stick (use a fine tip) I used the green detail tool to seal the lines with a clear coat.
this tape wrapping technique works great on Campy levers and saves tape
Bottom, Original Campy hood.- cracked and brittle
Top left, Eurasian hood, poor fit and finish, available in black or brown, cheap but you can do better
Top right, Excellent repro fits like a glove, soft supple, Campy logo, $57 US
Robbie Fellows hoods are faultless, I soaped it up and installed rear of lever into front of hood
a Campy SR crankset was the last piece needed to period finish the bike
Campy bottom brackets are confusing. The late 1980's Chorus BB on the bike will not work with the Strada crankset I purchased. The early Record BB I also had would not work with the late production Strada cranks either. Late Strada's use a 114.5 length spindle, earlier versions use a 112. Italian threads are even more confusing. Wright Brothers Cycles helped immensely with this area.
I even tried to cobble together the BB with an ISO taper TA, Nevar and old Sugino Mighty spindles, no dice. To get my set up in proper order, I had to get a complete Campy BB. My old VAR BB lockring pliers were invaluable.
1973 Brooks Pro
I polished the Campy post, painted the post flutes and the frame lugwork
I love the seat stay/clamp cluster
w/ recessed binder bolt
Campy SF hubs were polished and rebuilt.
Finding new dust caps to replace the bent mangled ones wasn't easy
25th anniversary Reynolds decal was applied after the 1980's respray
To me the Campagnolo NR rear derailleur is one of the most beautiful components ever made.
I got this NR Derailleur from Bike Works in Seattle. It was really dirty and was cleaned, polished, straightened and now looks new.
The black plastic covers on the adjustment scews were a late 70's CSPC mandate.
I was able to obtain period correct cable housing
thanks to Wright Brothers Cycles Seattle.
Ferrules I had in my old parts box.
Decals on the seat tube and down tube came out great. I used metal polish on the clear coat to get a shine and eliminate the orange peel
The front derailleur I bought in the 70's was highly polished and came out nice. I painted the front Campy section on the derailleur.and then polished the raised lettering
I used an old Sedis chain that had little wear and also cleaned up nicely
Headbadge logo generated on my computer is close but not perfect
lug work and fork crown details
The Soma chrome chainstay guard
goes well with the polished parts
Lug outlining came out perhaps a tad
too heavy, but still looks good
Some minor scratches on the crank arms were polished out
Campy NR small Flange, the curved
QR levers are slighty new for the period, I think they look better. I paid way too much for them.
The wheels I purchased were caked with dirt, grease and grime. The rims had layers of old glue that had to be cleaned off. Spokes were damaged by over-shifting and had to be replaced. It took me weeks to clean, polish, rebuilt and tune the wheels
Velocals also had a Mavic GP4 decal to replace the damaged one
The stem is slightly new from period but an original purchase. Might get an older one someday
The brake calipers have the curved QR lever. I removed the black plastic on the wheelguides to mimic the older version brake pads but sadly no
labeling on the guides was revealed.
John Marxer at Bicycle Center of Seattle knew I wanted these vintage Campy pedals. Beat up and scarred they still had promise. I cleaned, polished and repacked the bearings. I owe him a few lunches.
I found some 1970's Christophe clips, straps and strap ends in my old parts box
The bike hadn't a butt on the saddle for some time. However it was great getting reacquainted with an old friend. I never had tubulars on the bike so that feels different. The close ratio freewheel will not be very hill friendly. The bars feel narrow and brakes/shifting really old school. Feels better riding on the drops.
That said, it's comfortable and smooth and a real contrast to my new carbon bike. It feels really stable at speed, tracks nicely and puts a smile on my face. Shifting is relatively fast, Di-Who? but after using index shifting, hunting for a gear is a pain. Brakes poor but I don't want to replace the original Campy pads. I'm looking for some black Kool Stops. I get compliments from everyone who sees it. Even non-bike people give it a 2nd look. Couldn't be happier with the results.
It was built with old and then current Campagnolo, Shimano 600 components, bar-con shifters, Avocet saddle and early Look pedals. It later sported an Ultegra derailleur and Mavic Aksium wheels.
While I enjoyed the bike, it lost all of the elegance and charm it once had. It needed to be restored back to a seventies period bike. It will be a rider, I want to use it and enjoy the bike so NOS parts weren’t necessary. I used existing parts and slowly gathered clean examples of other period Campy parts to finish off the bike. Some non-anodized parts were cleaned and polished. Anodized parts retain their original finish. Cinelli stem and bars are used and my original (1973) small rivet Brooks Professional saddle was recalled to duty. Wheels are Mavic tubular rims on Campy NR small flange hubs. Charles Hadrann at Wright Brother's cycles helped with his vast Campy knowledge and parts bins.
Decals were a challenge. I had but one picture of the bike before it was repainted. It seems there are not many examples of Clive Stuart Bikes to compare with. The bikes I have seen, all have somewhat different graphics applications. I computer created the decal graphics as best could be and Velocals did an excellent job of producing them. (thanks JR) They now are available from Velocals to others restoring a CS bike. (2015 update, H Lloyd in the UK , aka decals 2000 is now selling a faithful reproduction made from originals in his archives, I have ordered for my bike and will install soon) The decals were clear coated and polished. Lug highlighting was also difficult. Bob Freeman of Elliott Bay Cycles gave me some tips and advice. I was able to complete the job myself.
I have since learned that another local dealer, Velo Stores in the early seventies imported some Clive Stuart Bikes into Seattle. That explains why there are multiple used examples in the Pacific Northwest. Even stranger is the fact that I worked for one of their shops in college as an assembler/repairer unaware of Clive Stuart Bikes at their other store.
Another interesting note, I discovered on the Retrobike forums, a very similar frame to my Clive Stuart that was for sale last year. Same lug-work, wrap around seat stays, fork crown, drop-outs, integrated seat post clamp and even the graphics/color/paint scheme. However the bike was an early 70’s Brian Rourke! Given Mr. Rourke’s involvement with the Clive Stuart shops, the bikes most likely were produced in the same time period, and by the same frame builder. I understand Brian Rourke did not build frames. The serial number on the Brian Rourke Frame is 51, mine is 186.
Jason Rourke attributes the builder of the Rourke #51 to be Paul Washington and my frame was the work of Roger Kowalski. However Hilary Stone offers that Paul Washington built a very distinctive seat stay detail shared by my bike, Rourke #51 and the yellow Clive Stuart at Perry Rubber Bike Shop on the gallery page of this web site.
As a college student, I originally built up the bike with scrounged parts, eventually finishing it with Campy and Campy copy components from; MKS, SR Royal, Sunshine and Suntour Superbe. The bike got me to classes, served me well as a commuter, errand bike, vehicle for sport and recreation. It’s a veteran of multiple Seattle to Portland double century rides.
I wanted new technology so sometime later I decided to update the bike with index shifting and newer components. It was very battle worn so I made the difficult decision of losing the original decals and repainting the bike. It was media blasted, a few braze-ons were added and rear drops spread. It was sprayed in the original red color with Dupont Imron. From Reynolds, I obtained and used a special 25th anniversary decal, other than that, is was nameless and badgeless. No pictures.
July 2013 New Cinelli 1A stem installed with slightly wider Cinelli bars. New white bar tape. Nice ride improvments. The toe clips were removed, they were very inconvenient for Sunday bike path rides.
2015 Some vintage Bennoto white bar tape is now on the bike. The superior H Lloyd headbadge decal will replace the Velocals version. Zefal Classic bottle cage now in use, it's a bit more period correct looking.
2017 I finally put on the H. Lloyd headtube decal. Picture below with new, all of the above changes.
Now it's time to take a ride