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by Sheldon "There'll Always Be An England" Brown
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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:

I did a lot of head scratching trying to make up my mind how to set the bike up. I even considered doing it as a fixed gear, but it has so many braze-ons that this seemed inappropriate, plus I've already got an unreasonble number of fixed gears.

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Here's what I went with:
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HandlebarsG.B. Maes with arabesque engraving, 37 cm.
StemNitto Technomic 6 cm--the 23" top tube is a bit longer than I prefer.
ControlsShimano 105 STI 9-speed--seriously anachronistic, but I want this to be a "rider."
DerailersDura-Ace 9-speed rear, older 105 braze-on front
CranksetTA Cyclotouriste 50-28
Bottom BracketShimano UN71 115 mm
PedalsSpecialized Ti SPD type
SaddleBrooks Swift
SeatpostSR Laprade 27.2
BrakesDia Compe NGC982 Cantilevers with Kool Stop Eagle 2 salmon pads
HubsShimano 105 SC
RimsMatrix ISO 2 (the wheels are what I had on hand. I anticipate building nicer wheels for this bike sometime in the future)
TiresPanaracer Rolly-Poly 27-622
Updates--parts changed since the photos were made:
ControlsI replaced the 105 STIs with Campagnolo Veloce 9-speed Ergo shifters, which I like a LOT better.
DerailersCampagnolo Veloce long cage 9-speed rear, kept the older 105 braze-on front
HandlebarsG.B. Randonneur with map of England engraving
WheelsDura-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.

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