Click on images for larger
193 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme,
Special thanks to Alan Woods
was a well regarded Manchester, U.K., bicycle frame builder. During his 42 year
career, Berry built more than 1,380 frames, first under the Berry & Bentley name
and then under his own. From circa 1933 to the end of World War II, Berry built
at least 471 Berry & Bentley frames. From 1946 until his death in 1974, he built
913 Johnny Berry frames."
"Berry & Bentley frames had a serial number stamped on the left dropout and a
corresponding number on the fork. From circa 1933 to 1937, frames and forks were
stamped only with a sequential frameset number which served as the serial
number. By 1938, Berry & Bentley frames were stamped with a 5-digit serial
number; a 2-digit date code (e.g., “38” = 1938) preceded the sequential frameset
"Johnny Berry frames carried a serial number on either the left dropout or under
the bottom bracket. From 1946 to early in 1953, the serial number on a Johnny
Berry frame almost always was stamped somewhere on the outside of the left
dropout. After early 1953, serial numbers were always stamped under the bottom
bracket shell, parallel to, and near, the right edge. Forks carried a serial
number under the crown that corresponded with the serial number that was stamped
on the frame."
"Johnny Berry serial numbering was distinctive and is diagnostic. Typical
Johnny Berry serial numbers had six digits that began with a "4", "5", "6", or
"7”. The first two digits of the serial number represented when the frame was
built (e.g., “47” = 1947). A “1” always followed the two digit date code. This
“1” was always the fourth digit when reading from the right side of the serial
number. A three digit, frame number followed the “1”; the frame number ran
sequentially from when Johnny Berry began building under his own name in 1946."
"Among Johnny Berry’s most famous customers were racers Brian Robinson and
Audrey McElmury. In 1969, Audrey McElmury from southern California rode her
Johnny Berry bicycle to solo victory in rainy, difficult conditions on a hilly
circuit at the women’s UCI Road World Championships in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
Some of Berry's later frames were adorned with rainbow stripes to commemorate
her victory, America’s first world road cycling championship, and only the
second world cycling championship that the USA had ever won."