Gallery: Anthony’s Holdsworth Avanti

These pictures are of my recently rebuilt 1980’s Holdsworth Avanti. It was more of a racing bike when I used it to commute in Chicago. I really love this bike, so I decided to have it built up rather than buy a new bike. It’s been changed to a slower and more upright kind of ride. The frame has been powder coated.

I replaced the drop bars with VO porteur bars. I had the headset replaced with a nice Grand Cru also from VO. I added a brooks b17 saddle, interrupter brake levers, and a replica of the original head badge decal from H LLoyd in the UK. I went from 10 speeds to 1 downtube shifter over the years, but now it’s a single speed. Next for this bike is a Sturmey Archer internal 2 speed kick shift hub when they come out this summer. Don’t hate on the crankset! I’d like to have it replaced in time as well but for now it works fine. The Holdsworth is currently a short trip summer get-around bike.


7 Responses to “Gallery: Anthony’s Holdsworth Avanti”

  • Don says:

    Very tastefully done! I love the red grips against the green paint job. And are those wine corks? I was toying with a similar project for my old Bianchi and looking at Velo Orange in just the same way. It has an old Suntour drivetrain that cleaned up nice, with a shifter that calls for now-extinct proprietary cable ends, but I stuck a regular cable in there and it functions okay. I may go to a friction shifter, because the old shifter ain’t what it used to be.

    You may want to invest in some cable housing clippers or something, now that the bars are so compact. How about a contrasting color, maybe extend that red? Or play them down with gray.

    Interested to hear about that Sturmey-Archer kick shift. That’s wacky in a good way. Good for casual city applications and project bikes, I would think.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • dreamlet says:

    I thought that horizontal dropouts were necessary to convert to a single speed? Is that not correct? This bike looks great!

  • Andrew says:


    All bikes need some way to regulate chain tension. Horizontal drop-outs are one way to do this, because they let you fine tune the fore-aft position of the wheel, pulling the chain tighter or looser. If you look, the dropouts on this (and almost all older bikes) are horizontal, but they aren’t the track-style fork-ends (where you pull the wheel out the rear of the dropout) that you might be thinking of.

    Other ways to regulate chain tension in eccentric hubs or bottom-brackets that allow you to rotate the component around an offset axis, again pulling the chain tighter or looser. Derailleur bicycles, of course, use pulleys and a spring to do this, and you may have seen some single-speeds set up with a tensioner pulley that looks like a simple derailleur.

  • Andrew says:

    Haha, by the way – nice bike, Anthony!

  • AdamM says:

    Nicely done, Anthony. I’d suggest the cables could be a bit shorter, which would look a little tidier. I agree that a silver crankset would be a nice finishing touch, but why replace something that works perfectly well?

    I was going to say that it needed fenders to really finish it off, but went back and re-read that it’s for essentially summer use, so I’ll not do that.

    Of course, with a set of fenders it would be perfect for all year round use!

  • Anthony says:

    Thanks, Andrew. This is an Eighties road frame so it has horizontal dropouts. The shop added spacers to make up for the lost cassette. Currently the rear sprocket they put on is making it hard on my out-of-shape drummers. I have a 48 chain ring and I think an 18 for the sprocket. I am definitely getting a workout here in semi-hilly Athens, where I now live. The colors are less saturated “in person” by the way. Oh, and Don-they are wine corks! Shellacked along with the tape, and gray was my first choice!

  • Anthony says:

    And yeah, the cables are pretty haywire…I just didn’t want to tie them to the bars. Maybe they could use a trim.

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