Silk Hope~McLean
Serial number registry

Frame sizes are as-provided by owner/submitter.
McLean generally used "center-to-top" seat tube measurements ("British style")


According to Sherman Coventry, the 5 digit serial number represents:
       M prefix = McLean (not Silk Hope & 1979 or later)
       1st two digits = day of the month completed
       2nd set of two digits  = month "
       Last digit = last number of year (1976 would be "6")

Updated 9.19.2018      96 frames at this date

(* indicates the person originally built for, not sure if they are still in possession)

Description, special features

Serial number

Estimated year of manufacture or purchase?

Henry Fonvielle "McLean’s first frame (I think).  He made it for himself but when he made himself a new one he gave it to me." (Henry is McLean's younger brother) 0265 One would guess March 1975 but surely a couple of years earlier...
Nick Ozerov Bought from son of orig owner (now deceased) for whom McLean made it as a custom touring. Solidly built but not as sophisticated in detail as later models. This is a very, very early frame set. None ?
Sam Eckhardt  Silk Hope    1212(4?) Built in 1974.
"Delivered to me in March of 1975"
Nancy Ross Williams Silk Hope 28025  
Dale Brown Silk Hope Perfect Pleasure. 57 x 57. Very early frame, repainted & braze-ons added in 1980 1511
(Doesn't fit pattern)
Richard McGough Silk Hope 10065 "made it for me in June of 1975"
Dan Borden Silk Hope mod. "Perfect Pleasure" 57.5 x 57.5 cm Pictures 402 9081
(Doesn't fit pattern)
Diane Davis Midnight blue Silk Hope  08315
(thought to have first 4 digits transposed from later pattern)
Bought used 1977
John Poplett Silk Hope, Burgundy 21035 Purchased at Turin bicycle shop, downtown Chicago '75
Cy Hogue Silk Hope road racing 02055 This was said by the
owner to be the 1st racing frame; only touring models before. 1975
David Frederiksen Picture 22095  
Dale Brown Silk Hope, fastback stays blind binder bolt, DuBois lugs. Pictures 17105 Orig. owner  1975
Karen Rawls  53 cm seat tube,   56 cm top. Picture 18016 Jan 18, 1976
David Mills road 01026 Feb 1976
Tom Mills road 02026 Feb 1976
Rance Singleton 54.5 x 55.5 road Pictures 18066 Completed  June 18, 1976
Sherman Coventry Silk Hope "Perfect Pleasure"
Mack truck green 63 cm
15076 Completed July 15, 1976
Paul Normandin Silk Hope 22116  
Jack Gabus Silk Hope Perfect Pleasure 23037 Orig owner Chuck Cotter via Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC
Dale Brown Silk Hope ultra touring, Nervex Series Legere lugs. Pictures 19087 Via Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC. Orig. owner, 1977
Thomas Adam's Silk Hope 531 touring  63 cm center-to-top, Pictures 12097 Dec 9, 1977
Todd Jenkins Silk Hope 11117 1977
Bill Kloos Silk Hope Perfect Pleasure
60 cm x 60 cm
01038 1978
Ken Toda Silk Hope Pictures 21038 1978
  McLean M23038 From Toga Bike Shop,
Greensboro, NC March 1978
Tim McDonald  McLean (one of earliest "McLeans") M21048 1978
Richard Lawrence Silk Hope road  Pictures 28048 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC April 1978
Jack Gabus McLean with Reynolds 531 Cinelli lugs. Resurrected after found totally crashed.  M07058 From Toga Bike Shop
Greensboro, NC
Jack Mitchell* Silk Hope 15058

From Toga Bike Shopm Greensboro, NC
 May 1978

Syndee Lowdermilk* McLean M19068 From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC
June 1978
Eddie Herndon* Perfect Pleasure M21068 From  Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC
June 1978
Paul Hamilton Silk Hope 55 x 55 road, Columbus tubing w fastback stays.  Pictures 28068.0 From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC
 June 1978
Jack Tharp Tandem, "mocca-reddish" M22098 Sept 1978
Doug Stephens McLean road racing 23108 Oct 1978
Bill Eberle Blue 23-1/2", probably mod "Perfect Pleasure" M09118 second owner
Scott Swimmer

Perfect Pleasure design. The last "Silk Hope" made. Note unique serial number... Scott, being a close friend, had a hand in it's finishing.  Pictures

 SLS•121 Winter of 1979
Pat Pattison Tandem, white  Pictures M31019 From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC Jan 1979
Tom Hailey III Burgundy  M21039 March 1979
Stewart Leonard* 53 cm Perfect Pleasure, Ascot blue M03049 From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC April 1979
Terry Miller Touring in light blue M04049 April 1979
Mike Dayton McLean 531 touring, white  Pictures M12049 From Toga Bike Shop, April 1979.
Patrick Craft McLean racing, KL tubing.
originally ordered by Robert Kraus, partner, cycles de ORO.
M20049.0 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC April 1979
Roman Stankus Bought from McLean in Chapel Hill Pictures TBA 1979
Dave Boston McLean Criterium 5 speed M26049 "Picked it up at McLeans on May 31, 1979"
Gene Moninger  531 touring  M21059 Purchased in 1990 from Continental Cyclery in Wichita, KS.
Jeff Carr* 54 cm Perfect Pleasure, white M31079 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC July 1979
Roger Webster Perfect Pleasure, jet black M17089 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Feb 1980Aug 1979
Catherine Vanneman* Perfect Pleasure, jet black M07099 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Sept 1979
Jack Gabus Creamy white color, 54 x 54, cantilever brakes M14099 1979
Kevin Kelly Custom touring M06109 Bought in Vermont. Had been built for a bike shop owner
Felix Mathews* Perfect Pleasure M01119 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Dec 1979
Kim Hamorsky* 38 cm mixte McLean M14119 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Feb 1980
Greg Krasovsky Road bike M12129 1979
Casey Robertson Road, pictured with Casey riding it on the cover of Grit-CX magazine.  M18129 Dec 18, 1979
Mike Alford McLean 52 cm M08020 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Feb 1980
Grady Linehan 60 cm Road racing or possible a "Perfect Pleasure" model, Reynolds 531, full Cinelli fitments. Pictures M05030 1980
Dale Brown McLean racing tricycle (only trike McLean made, frame dismantled to make single speed bike, to be reconstructed) M17040

From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC.
Ordered by Erwin Elber, ridden once, then rebuilt into single speed bike, 1980

Bill Kloos  58 cm Criterium or Perfect Pleasure frame M17060 1980
  57 cm McLean Criterium, Saddle metallic M22070

From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC Aug 1980

Satoshi Suzuki* McLean, green M12080

From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC  Aug 1980

David Poole McLean  531 tubing road M27080

From Toga Bike Shop, Greensboro, NC

John Provetero Perfect pleasure Pictures M30080 1980
Jack Gabus McLean road racing  Pictures M17110 1980
Bruce Wilcox McLean Perfect Pleasure 23 1/4" frame M10120

Purchased new from Two Wheel Travel in Richmond, VA Mar. 26, 1981

John Provetero  McLean M13120  
George Milewski

May, 1981, orig. owner

Sally Meserole  Criterium. purple and silver  M04731

1981 from Two Wheeler Dealer, Wilmington, NC

Jim Mincher Perfect Pleasure/touring  blue and silver M24031

1981 from Two Wheeler Dealer, Wilmington, NC

George Handy 48cm c-c,  531 with short-point lugs. Medium metallic blue. M28031 1981
Craig Tronzo McLean Criterium frost green, Columbus SL,  sloping Cinelli fork crown Pictures M22051 original owner 1981.
Mike Wilkinson Silk Hope~McLean M30071 1981
Tom Sanders McLean touring Pictures M26081 1981
Robert B. Prickett Burnt orange   Pictures coming M28081 Original owner 1981
Dale Brown Touring, 48 cm x 50.5 cm M02091  
Billy Boden Road Pictures M10101 1981
Wayne Bingham McLean racing  Pictures M 22012 From Toga Bike Shop Greensboro, NC Jan 1982
Tom Hayes McLean touring M29012 1982
Bill Kloos   M12022 1982
Steve Meier  McLean Pictures M16022 1982
Joe Young Light touring 60 cm M05032 1982
  "Perfect Pleasure" Pictures M22032   Mar 22,1982
eBay auction by theproscloset Road racing (no eyelets) orange Pictures M25032   Mar 25,1982
Jeremy Schott Racing, full Campagnolo  Pictures M29032   Mar 29,1982
Diane Davis McLean, custom built (Had 2 Silk Hopes prior to this) M26042   April 26,1982
Sally Meserole Touring, green and white M11052

  May 11,1982 from Two Wheel Dealer, Wilmington, NC

Jim Mincher Criterium  red and yellow M31052

  May 31,1982 from Two Wheel Dealer, Wilmington, NC

Erik Reese Perfect Pleasure 61.5 cm to top, Cinelli CM lugs, Haden fork crown, concave seat stay top eyes. M16062 Completed
June 16, 1982
Mike Kone Perfect Pleasure Pictures M28062  
Tom Ash Custom road, still owned by original owner M21082  Durham 1982
Edward Coffman Picked it up at McLean’s house in Durham and road it home   M27082 1982
Jack Gabus McLean racing, heart-shaped cutout lugs   Pictures M16092 1982
Ed McKee McLean road in Ascot Blue M26013 1983
Joe Young  56 cm custom road for 26" or 700C wheels and used side pull brakes or Moots Mounts. M09023 "This bike was found in the bead blaster after McLean died. Could be his last frame?"

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