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  William Bertram "Bill" Hurlow was considered the "builder's builder."    
Bill Hurlow died Sunday, Feb 28th, 2010 in Canterbury Hospital.

Updated 10.4.2020         Click on images to see full size version.

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     A friend and riding companion, John Hunt reports:
     "I think he knocks all other frame builders into a cocked hat! He's done so much & his memory is incredible. He remembers what weather conditions in a time trial were like in 1938 & who won it, what time & who was fifth. There isn't anybody on the frame building scene between say 1930 & 1970 that he doesn't know, either them or their work."
    "He was innovative.... he invented the "fastback",  seat stays shot into the allen key housing. He started frame building at Condor & then him & Monty Young had some sort of bust-up. He built for Holdsworth & then in later years acted as a consultant for them. He was racing until 5 years ago!"

    "He's very particular & has thought just about everything out about conventional frames. He invented jigs that no-one else has ever thought about for quick accurate frame-building."

    Hilary Stone adds:
   "He worked for some of the best known British builders including Grubb and
Claud Butler. His best known work was however done for Condors and Mal Rees."

Bill's lug work for Condor

From 1962 Cycling Weekly article.

Hand cut lug work


From 1970s Bike World magazine article.

The web master's early 1970s road bike

From 1970s Bike World magazine article.

 Frame #D 22.2 E38

 Kevin Kruger's full chrome Hurlow#172102

Peter Brown's photo of the Hurlow WBH cut into lug set

That lug pattern used on bike

Web master's road Hurlow #16621
(on display in cycle s de ORO Bike Shop)

 Diana Byrne's #16945
Original owner was Macy Allen of Baltimore, Md. one of the founding
members of the Baltimore Bicycle Club in the mid 1960's.

 Webmaster's  full chrome bike #17011

 Web master's WB Hurlow touring bike #16915
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(on display in cycle s de ORO Bike Shop)

David Benson's classic road machine #16918

Web master's track bike #164235
(on display in cycles de ORO Bike Shop)


Eric Baker's bike, made for Sam Cotten by Bill Hurlow

 Cotten-Hurlow #7749
riginal owner was Newcomb Barger, now owned by his son of the same name.
Pictures courtesy Mike Green, Magelssen Sykkel West Hollywood, California

Condor Cycles
incl. Bill Hurlow  as master builder

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