July 2021

Hetchins For Sale
Used, NOS

"... such stuff as
dreams are made on."

Hetchins owners wishing to sell their bikes or frames may place ads (incl. fotos and/or links to other web sites) here free of charge. Private offers only. Please supply frame number with description.

Sellers, please be guided by the grading system below. The grading system is borrowed from the classic car scene and is designed merely as a guide to help sellers and prospective buyers agree on the objective condition of a bicycle/frame, as a preliminary to negotiations. No prices are implied by objective condition alone; it is entirely up to sellers and prospective buyers to weigh additional factors (such as rarity, location, sentimental value, illustrious pre-ownership, show bike, bike with race history, original-owner documentation, etc.) in the establishment of a price.

Buyers, be advised that the Editor cannot certify the accuracy of any information given. All deals are the sole responsibility of the buyers and sellers. The Editor can offer assistance in identifying model types and production years.

To place an advert, contact:

Click here for pricing guidelines. Be advised that prices at ebay tend to be inflated, sometimes wildly so, and do not bear comparison with prices here.

To thwart spam engines, sellers eddresses are camouflaged; sample: yourname_AT_domain.com instead of yourname@domain.com. Those wishing to contact the seller must copy-paste the camouflaged eddress to the email program TO: window and manually replace the _AT_ by @. See example below:

(For those flummoxed by this, contact the Editor)

Fraud warning. Buyers and sellers beware: fraudulent offers of payment are circulating for high-budget items on the Internet. A 'buyer' may tell you a story involving his own shipping company and a cashier's cheque which he proposes to send to you, the seller; the cheque is for more than the amount of the sale, you are instructed to cash the cheque, keep the amount of the sale, and send the balance to the 'buyer'. Before accepting any such offer, see the following links.
Fraudulent offers of bikes for sale are also circulating--either the bikes are not genuine Hetchins, or the bikes are genuine but not the sellers. See the links below.
1. Counterfeit cashier's cheque scam [scamvictimsunited.com]
2. Sample bogus offers [made to this web site]
3. Sample bogus offers [ebay & craigslist]
4. Sample bogus offers, 1947 Super Special ASC [craigslist]

To thwart fraudulent resellers, images of bikes and frames offered for sale here are watermarked.

grading scale

grade description
1 Concours condition in every respect. NOS, never built up, or built up but not ridden (e.g., dealer's display model), or professionally restored and not ridden since (unmarked rims). Documentation/history available. Mirror-like chrome, no scratches or nicks in paint, transfers correct and intact. Grade 1 bikes are very rare.
2 Very good original condition, or few miles since renovation. Frame shows only very light wear, few chips in paint or transfers. All original parts. Bright chrome, at most a few superficial marks ('polishing scratches').
3 Used but not abused. Frame shows wear and/or light rust, chipped transfers, but no serious damage. Original parts show wear. Rideable without work.
4 Badly worn. Frame shows heavy wear and/or rust and/or pitting. Original parts replaced or defective. Chrome shows blisters or dulling. Not presently rideable, but can be restored with some work.
5 Requires restoration. Frame shows heavy wear and/or serious rust and/or damage (dents, pitting). Chrome peeling. Parts missing. Cycle crashed, weathered, disassembled, and/or poorly restored. Major work (investment) required.

For Sale: Vade Mecum Ph ii, 1966, straight stays, type 6 (road racing geometry), 26-inch frame, sky blue and white enamel with lugs picked out in white. Frame and fork only. Asking 500 GBP. Buyer collects from York.
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Contact: Dave
tel.: UK 01904 769326

For Sale: Experto Crede, 23-inch, curly, first sold 6 March 1951, sold to trade, 16 pounds 17 shillings 3 pence. Mixed components. Grade 3. Bike in in East Yorkshire. Best offer.

(ad placed 6 June 2021)

Contact: Geoff Gilby
email: geoff AT gilby1.karoo.co.uk

For Sale: mixed bag:

Vade Mecum Type 6, 23-inch straight stays, 58cms C-T Seat tube and top tube C-C 57cms. First sold 10 July 1958. Matching frame and fork numbers. Agrati dropouts. Some pitting and paint imperfections. Frame/fork only.

Nulli Secundus 6-Day 22.5 inch curly, first sold 26 January 1951. Matching frame and fork numbers. Small dent in top and down tube and some pitting. Twin plate crown. Frame/fork only.

Diverse other non-Hetchins: including two Hetchins replicas, 1938 Claud Butler Anglo Continental, 1948 Claud Butler bilaminate axehead lugs, Urago (French), and others. Frames/forks only. Please write for more details. Bikes located in Surrey, UK.
(ad placed 31 May 2021)

Contact: Stan Ayers
email: stanroadman1953 AT aol.com

For Sale: Vade Mecum, 24-inch, curly; Grade 2. Resprayed professionally to a high standard in metallic red a few years ago and used little since. Unfortunately the re-chroming of the rear forks has covered the frame number. The previous owner acquired it from the original purchaser who bought it in the 1960s. Parts are a mix but include Campag of various vintages, including hard to find non-shifting Record carbon brake levers. Currently set up as a single-speed, on very nice Mavic rims. SKS mudguards. Bike is located in Kent, UK. Seeking 995 or near offer.
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Contact: Gabriel
email: hythe62-AT-yahoo.co.uk

For Sale: Tandem, M.O., 49/48 cm, curly. Shipped on approx. 31st. August 1995. Brian Baylis special order and unique original paint, supplied to World Class Cycles, New York, who at that time acted as the US Hetchins dealer. Brian Baylis ordered the frame via WCC, to be supplied unpainted. The link below shows the bike in original condition with original kit, full Campagnolo and 2 rim brakes. Current configuration is Phil hubs and 4 brakes. The bike can be acquired in either configuration, or with both sets of wheels.

Optional packaging: tandem hard case which holds 1 complete bike, plus wheel hard case which holds up to 3 more wheels. (Cardboard box for free.)

Grade 3. Bike in WA (USA). Make offer.
Fotos, Campag wheels.
Fotos, Phil Wood wheels.

Optional additional tandems: Pogliaghi track tandem, Tom Ritchey road tandem, and Burley off-road trail tandem.
(ad placed April 2021)

Contact: Dave & Val
email: cpa.cowboy_AT_yahoo.com

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