Updated 12.8.2002

    "The company, now defunct, was run by the Fletcher family that had, as I remember it, some Scottish connection to it. The Fletchers, a grand motherly woman, and a younger man (her son?) were the ones with whom I dealt when I had the bicycles made for me in 1961. It was a small shop in Paris that had a small retail trade, but made most of its money making special frames for many of the French professionals that were re-badged after manufacturer with the make of the company that sponsored the riders' teams."

   "....when I visited the shop for a "fitting" there was a large of procession of people, some famous and some not, who came in to have a frame made, check on the status of an order, and the like. As is the case with so many bike shops in Europe, the selection of goods (other than frames) was not as good as one finds here in the States, but adequate to the task at hand; they ordered whatever they needed, something that was caused no doubt by the French tax code rather than a disinclination to meet the needs of their customers."

   "It was a small shop and had the frame making part in the back where several artisans worked fitting, filing, welding, and then painting the frames they made. In my case, one of the men who had been making frames all his life came out from the back, asked some questions, took some measurements, and then just looked at me. Then he went back into the back and in about 3 weeks both the bikes that had been given to me by my Italian team were ready. 72.5 degrees for the seat and head tubes, but I forget the rest of the measurements. The seat tube is 52 cm. Campagnolo gears and axles, Mafac brakes, Regina cassette and chain, Fiamme rims, and Clement sew-up tires. The frame was made from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing and fully lugged, as you can see from the photos. It is still the sweetest frame I have ever ridden, far more comfortable than anything else I have ridden, even the most modern composites."

   "When I took the frames to CyclArt to have them repainted several years ago, the Cunninghams made some modifications to them; they routed the rear brake cable in the top tube, brazed on some parts so I could get away from the clamp-ons that so ruined the paint and rusted over time, and other things. The paint job was wonderful, as usual, and in color just as I received them in 1961."

Andy Farrand

Andy Farrand's restored CNC bicycle.


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