Holdsworth Bikes History
About The Holdsworth Bicycles Company
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About the W.F.Holdsworthy UK Bicycle Company
The Holdsworth bicycle company was a name to be known founded in the 1930's by W.F. - Sandy - Holdsworth in Kent UK. It expanded to a multi bike shop organisation and by the 1960's & 1970's the main bike stores and cycle factory were found in London UK. Holdsworth Cycles then bought the Claud Butler bicycle brand in 1958 after Claud Butler bikes had gone out of business. They also then bought the Freddie Grubb bicycle brand name sometime in 52 after Freddie Grubb had died. The Macleans cycle brand name was aso bought around 63.
The Holdsworthy cycle empire was bought up in the mid - late 1980's by the same group owning Falcon bikes and became part of the big Townsend bike group of which only Falcon survies with Claud Butler bikes. The Putney bike shop - W.F. Holdsworth has nothing to do with the original bike company for many years and their frames were branded wit Roy Thame. These frames or bikes have not been built for 15 years. In the 70's The British Professional racing team sponsored by Campagnolo & Holdsworth was dominant on the UK front and the company was a top agent for important cycle brands both as bike retailers and wholesalers in the UK.
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