Vintage Claud Butler 531 Road Bike Restoration

Vintage Claud Butler 531 Road Bike Restoration


Hello and welcome to another bike and another Restoration This is a Claud Butler it dates back some 135 years well the company does so a lot of history there it started off in 1928 when Claud Butler who was worried about using his own name within the brand opened a cycle shop with the success of that he then went on to open many shops across town he then went on to produce and manufacture his own frames Very Proud to be British he then exported these bikes all over the world and with a lot of racing success and yes very beautiful frames famous for the bronze and fancy lug work on the frames and very Beautiful bikes unfortunately after the second world war the company took a financial dip and the Holdsworth company in 1957 actually took the company over from there the Falcon name which we have covered took over the Holdsworth company in 1987 and they are still producing the Claud Butler range of bikes to the current day Unfortunately in 1978 Claud passed away but his name still lives on in these bikes So, regards to our bike what have we got here we have got a 531 tubing frame, actually forks and frame and also what is unusual and nice its got the Suntour running gear which has gone out of production now so Suntour Cyclone Mk2 Rear and front mech We’ve got a really unusual crank its got a very small crain ring for its time with a larger one there as well its got dual pivot brakes and we have also got a lovely Brooks Saddle which looks very original What I have noticed and what I thought was really nice is that the handle bar stem has got an embossed Claud Butler logo on the stem itself Campagnolo gear levers and its got some lovely large flanged hubs on the wheels which look original The tyres are in good order so we are going to keep them but what we generally do is to have a good look is to strip the bike down as we always do and we are going to take it from there, so lets get a move on with taking the bike apart and start cleaning lets get moving! OK great well there is the bike all stripped down it has been a bit of an unusual one I did have a little bit of trouble extracting the crank and the pedal arm off the spindle itself generally we will just use a simple took like this what happens is is that this screws into the pedal arm or the crank and then this is tightened up and the bolt pushes the crank off the spindle However on this one the thread on the Crank and the Pedal arm was about 1 mm wider than the the tools thread so what we have had to use is which is a bolt extraction tool this one was for the pedal arm just fits onto the back pedal arm and then this just screws into there and then for the Crank this was a clamp that clamps around it and then tightened into the bolt which extracted the Crank off undamaged and in need of a really good clean and a polish as usual, so lets get a move on with that and take it from there Well, we are finally here the best part of the project which is the rebuild we have done a lot of polishing but it has been a pleasure to do the old equipment cleans up so well and it is sparkling Not had to buy to many items for this build but what I did buy I could not resist the first one was a canvas roll up tool bag just fits really well with the Brooks Saddle the Saddle has cleaned up really well as well just used a polish on that Black polish just rubbed it in lovely leather so just worked the leather back and its cleaned up really well the canvas bag just holds a inner tube and a multi tool just fits in really well and sits well with the time period of the bike the other thing Ive just bought a light bracket for the folks its got the bolt there so just like to put that back on but really impressed with just how the metal work has cleaned up and just loving the detailing on the handle bars and also the stem as I say it has the embossed Claud Butler logo there but a lot of detailing and they are gleaming so all thats left to do now is get this bike back together OK brilliant well theres the bike all complete it looks absolutely stunning it has been a pleasure to work on and intesting with all the old cable guides and the centre pull brakes so yes its all back together and working beautifully as if like new I can never resist but the finishing touches I did buy a couple of more items first one was a vintage water bottle Very in keeping so pop that in there and the other one you can not go anywhere with out this we have got our tool kit on the back there but the other one is a pump very in keeping we have got a couple of lugs i had noticed so managed to get hold of a nice Crome Retro Pump all still working pop that in there Fantastic, it looks beautiful and stunning all that is left to do now, is to get it out and try it out! Well this has been the Claud Butler project and what a project it has been I am very impressed with this one I feel as though we have gone completely full circle with the gears we have got a nice compact chain ring on the front and we have got a really nice range of gears on the back and just feel its a really nice bike to ride I do not know if many of you have ridden a Brooks Saddle these are so comfortable it is unbelievable so what a beautiful ride it is loving the detailing on the stem and handle bars and the centre pull brakes I always like them things Campagnolo gear levers and yes it just looks a really beautiful thing and just very happy that we have done it and I am sure Claud Butler would of been very happy with seeing this project if you do enjoy watching these videos as I always say please subscribe we have got a phenomenal project ahead of us which is the Colonago Master it is taking a little longer than anticipated but i really do think its like a piece of art so if you want to hang around for that one and many more like this Then please Subscribe Other than that Thanks for watching! and Bye for now!