We have been restoring a steel Harry Hall frameset from the late 80’s/ early 90’s. This is a high specification frame made from Columbus SLX tubing (pro spec in its day). Elegant detailing not often seen such as sunken rear brake cable routing, and slender brake bridge and rear triangle which is fully chromed.
We’ve painted the frame a rather chirpy ‘Bikefood’ yellow and replaced the decals with slightly earlier ones, which although not original, are to us the preferred look of a Hall frame. The pedigree can be seen in the pantographed ‘H’ with the name underneath, these frames were built for ‘Harry Hall Cycles’ a very important shop run owned by one of the most legendary names in the cycle business.
Harry Hall founded his cycle shop in Manchester in 1957 on Hyde Road in Gorton and subsequently moved to the city centre and later Hanging Ditch, where it remains a Mecca for northern bike riders.
Hall’s reputation was as the top British mechanic of his era, covering some of the World’s most prestigious races such as the Tour de France, the Tour of Mexico, the Peace Race and major events in the UK calendar. In 1967 Tour de France Harry was mechanic to the British racing cyclist Tom Simpson, and the man who heard Simpson’s last words on Mont Ventoux when Simpson collapsed and died during the 67 Tour de France.
Harry Hall Cycles also sponsored some of Britain’s best cyclists, including those who would go on to ride the Tour de France, such as Paul Sherwen and Graham Jones. Harry Hall’s also sponsored Robert Millar, who according to the magazine Cycle Sport in 1997 was ‘probably the best rider Britain has ever produced’.
From the late 80’s, Harry Hall took a back seat from the shop to return to the race scene as a veteran, winning the British and world championships in his age category in 1989.
Harry Hall died aged 78 in October 2007.
The ‘Harry Hall Cycles’ shop is open today, go check it out.
This frameset is currently available by private sale, for further information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org