Talk to someone about lugs; it won’t be long before the name Gilliott will enter the conversation. The first Gillott’s were produced in 1945 and the peak of production was around 1950. Five years?
It may not seem so great but let me assure you,
these men set the standard for all the lust and perfection long before lovely Vanilla bikes or even the talent Mr.Sachs even began their voyage into creating “lugged porn.” Hand cut and filed a lug set on vintage bikes would have taken weeks to create. Richard Sach lug set, laser cut things of beauty take far less time and are often stunning designs that wouldn’t have been possible in the 1950s.
I’ve not asked, but I would certainly be surprised if modern framebuilders, were not influenced by the historical craftsmen of South London in the 1940s and 1950s.
If you look at Richard Sach, or Sascha White, it’s not hard to believe that they fell in love with lugs thanks to the work of some fine men of South London. Although London isn’t the hotbed that it once was, there is an emergence of young talent and some very special bikes are being made.
Yesterday I caught up wit h Ryan McCraig who is building under the name Oak Cycles . Ryan was just putting the finishing touches on a lucky young lady’s new pride and joy. As you can see, its not even out of the wrapping its so fresh.