Hetchins represents the pinnacle of English ornate lugwork. Mine features "magnum opus" lugs and also Hetchin's trademark "curly stays"--the seatstays are bowed and the chain stays form an "S" curve.
I Acquired this as a bare frame--the only part included was a beat-up Campagnolo Super Record headset.Reportedly, the frame was built sometime in the 1980s, then sent back to Hetching in the early 90s for extra braze-ons and a repaint. The original owner then fell ill and never built the frame up.
It is a bit peculiarly set up, evidently for light touring. Braze-ons include:
|Here's what I went with:
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|G.B. Maes with arabesque engraving, 37 cm.
|Nitto Technomic 6 cm--the 23" top tube is a bit longer than I prefer.
|Shimano 105 STI 9-speed--seriously anachronistic, but I want this to be a "rider."
|Dura-Ace 9-speed rear, older 105 braze-on front
|TA Cyclotouriste 50-28
|Shimano UN71 115 mm
|Specialized Ti SPD type
|SR Laprade 27.2
|Dia Compe NGC982 Cantilevers with Kool Stop Eagle 2 salmon pads
|Shimano 105 SC
|Matrix ISO 2 (the wheels are what I had on hand. I anticipate building nicer wheels for this bike sometime in the future)
|Panaracer Rolly-Poly 27-622
|Updates--parts changed since the photos were made:
|I replaced the 105 STIs with Campagnolo Veloce 9-speed Ergo shifters, which I like a LOT better.
|Campagnolo Veloce long cage 9-speed rear, kept the older 105 braze-on front
|G.B. Randonneur with map of England engraving
|Dura-Ace 16 spoke wheels. I probably shouldn't be using these 'cause they're not recommended for use with cantilever brakes. Theres a risk that as the brake shoes wear down, they might hit the side-mounted spokes.
There is some confusion as to the spelling, sometimes you see "Hetchin's" other times you see "Hetchins." Sometime's the builders' names are reported as Harry and Alf "Hetchin" which would make the apostrophe correct; other times the builders' names are reported as "Hetchins" which would make the apostrophe an error.
Last Updated: by Harriet Fell