I am sure a few of my blog readers will have already seen my Facebook post on Racing Bike Biggs682 facebook page about how my Pollard has been confirmed as either a 1954 or 1955 built machine .
Also confirmed was that it has Oscar Egg lugs, seat stays that are tapered at both ends, a frame number in the correct place and the right number of digits and like the vast majority of Pollards it was built with Reynolds 531 tubing . I was never in doubt it was a genuine Pollard but just wanted to get it direct from the horse’s mouth if possible so I contacted what I hoped was a gentleman that bought an ex Vic Clarke Pollard frameset from me a few years ago who is also in contact with Eddie Pollard, the son of William Pollard .
Luckily enough my contact hadn’t changed his e mail address etc etc and he received my e mail and came back asking for some pictures showing the headstock and saddle clamp areas . Once these were forwarded to him he responded within 24 hours confirming the above and stated that it was well worth restoring . Now this puts me in a quandary as I don’t mind riding a bike that has loads of patina and shows its knocks and bruises with pride .
Sadly over the years a lot of the original parts have been replaced with newer ones and some of these were removed when I started its recommissioning a few months ago . When I picked it up it had a Custom crankset and a mixed set of wheels ie a 27” clincher type front wheel and a 700c tub and sprint rear wheel , these were replaced by a set of modern 27” alloy rimmed wheels and I managed to obtain a single Sugino crankset that was more in keeping than the Custom crank was .
I also swapped the original very short stem and bars over for a nice set of G.B Maes bars and a lugged stem to give me a better position on the bike , the original brake levers have been re fitted along with new cables . The only other original part as far as I am aware of is the domed Reynolds alloy seat post that looks to carry a 1951 date code .
So far I have ridden approx 120 miles on this set up and it rides nice enough but a fine tune here and there wouldn’t go amiss to aid smoothness , I wouldn’t mind keeping an eye out for a wider ratio rear cassette in either 5 or 6 speeds just to make hill climbing slightly easier than present .
I doubt very much that I will repaint the frame and rebuild with correct period parts as I don’t personally like that idea much as the time trying to track period parts down can be awfully long winded and then is it worth it in the long run .