55.5cm Alan Shorter Vintage British Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1960s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.5 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Although a successful racer in his own right, Alan Shorter was best known for his association with Alf Engers, a tough and hard to beat North London racer who was banned from riding almost as often as he won. After a broken thigh ended his own racing career, Alan decided he would dedicate his time to training a youngster in his local club: Barnet CC, which is where he met Alf Engers. In the early 60s as well as helping Alf on his way to becoming a record breaking time trialist, Alan Shorter started a tubular tyre repair business which by the end of the decade had grown into a whole cycle shop. Early Shorters were renowned for their low weight and often sported drilled out components, racing bikes through and through.

This beautifully finished Shorter is a genuine British thoroughbred from the lightweight era. Modified lugs, Campagnolo's semi-horizontal 1060 dropouts, shot-in chainstays and incredible attention to detail all come together in one light and racy looking package. This frame bears the Woodhouse Road address on the seat tube decal so probably dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s, the details back this up. Though low in weight and sleek looking this frame is equipped with mudguard eyelets front and rear and has enough clearance for a wider tyre so would make a really special and unqiue light touring bike or commuter. This frame would have been someone's pride and joy at one point - it is now ready to fulfil that role again!

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or a similar vintage event, this frame is of the correct age, so you won't be disqualified for being a rule breaker!

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.


Condition Notes - Paint touch ups underneath top tube (see photos)
Era - 1960s
Country - British
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Reynolds 531
Weight - 2.505 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R50V


Size Guide* - Medium (Approx 32 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 55.5 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 135 mm
Chainstay Length - 42 cm
Wheelbase - 99.5 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.


Rear Spacing - 120 mm
Front Spacing - 100 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.2 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - External Hex Nut
Brake Drop - 50 mm / 56 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - English/British/ISO Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 39 mm
Fork Crown Race - 27.0 mm (JIS)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)


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