✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.7 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping
Though relatively speaking Trevor Jarvis (TJ) Cycles is something of a newcomer, they were best known for (re)producing a classic, innovative frame design known as 'The Flying Gate'. In 1979 Trevor decided that, as a life-long cyclist and owner of an established engineering business, he should start building frames, and he looked to the past at the iconic muti-tubed short wheelbase Flying Gate design. With its distinctive silhouette and clever positioning of tubing, the Gate was originally designed in the 1930s by Bill Baines and the bike quickly gained a reputation as being very fast. Alongside the Gate, TJ Cycles produced custom bikes in whatever style was required until Trevor hung up his torch a few years ago.
This TJ Cycles branded frame is nicely built from Reynolds 531 with a neat lug set and sloping fork crown. Though branded TJ Cycles we are unable to confirm the frame was built by Trevor Jarvis as it lacks a frame number and this traditional style of frame was not often built by TJ Cycles so it is hard to find comparisons. Likely dating from the 1980s this is a classic British road frame with a decent clearances and a lovely blue metallic paint job.
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.
BritishFrame Material -
Reynolds 531Weight -
2.69 kgStock Code -
Size Guide* - Small/Medium (Approx 30 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 52 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 56 cm
Head Tube - 106 mm
Chainstay Length - 42 cm
Wheelbase - 100 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 -
126 mmFront Spacing -
100 mmSeatpost Diameter -
27.2 mmWheel Size -
700c/28"Brake Fixing -
External Hex NutFront Brake Drop -
45 mmRear Brake Drop -
46 mmBottom Bracket Thread -
English/British/ISO ThreadHeadset Thread -
Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)Headset Stack Height -
39 mmFork Crown Race -
26.4 mm (ISO)Headtube Internal Diameter -
30.2 mmSteerer Internal Diameter -
22.2 mm (Standard)
▼SHIPPING, TAXES & RETURNS
We've been safely sending orders around the world since 2010. There's a handy shipping calculator on the shopping cart page so you can see the cost of postage as soon as you've added it to your basket. Your order will be carefully packed and sent with tracking & insurance, we despatch most orders within 2-3 days but larger items and orders placed before the weekend can take an extra day or two to process.
We accept returns, please notify us within 14 days and ensure the item arrives back with us no later than 30 days after the order was received.
We don't charge VAT, however, if buying from outside of the UK please remember that there may be import fees to pay directly to the delivery company before receiving the order. Unfortunately we can’t advise on the exact costs as it varies from country to country, so please check your national rates before purchasing.
Seat Tube (ctc) - we measure from the centre of the bottom bracket shell up to the centre line of the top tube to give a consistent measurement regardless of frame design (ctc means centre to centre).
Top Tube (ctc) - this is measured from the centre of the head tube to the centre of the seat tube, along the centre of the top tube.
Chainstay Length - measured from the centre of the bottom bracket shell to the centre point of the rear dropout.
Wheelbase - measured from the centre of the front fork dropout to the centre point of the rear dropout.
Front & Rear Spacing - measured from the inside of one dropout to the other. The dropouts on steel frames can be stretched or squeezed a few mm but it's always best to avoid this if possible, aluminium or carbon frames should never be stretched.
Brake Drop - measured using wheels of the relevant size for the frame, as stated in the technical info section.
Headset Threads - although it's generally recommended to match threaded parts exactly, with headsets you can technically mix and match, unless you have French or the obscure old Raleigh threads, in which case you need to stick to that type.