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Old May 9th, 2020, 7:58 AM   #1
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Hi Scott do you know what the history is of the Wilson dropouts? That is when they were used for which bikes and for how long? Any insight would be very interesting.

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Old May 11th, 2020, 1:13 PM   #2
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AFAIK Stainless, silver soldered G.P. Wilson drop outs were only used on the Team Comp.

(Sorry - it was Henry James that just announced it was closing...)

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Old May 11th, 2020, 3:50 PM   #3
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AFAIK Stainless, silver soldered G.P. Wilson drop outs were only used on the Team Comp.

G.P. Wilson apparently just announced that it was closing.
I scored a set I’ve been hanging on to for ages, thinking of asking a Fat alum like Chris Iglehart to braze into my 84. But since the 84 is one of the Helfrich/Chance half-fillet-brazed units, I haven’t been able to convince myself to have anyone chop it up. On the one hand, these are old steel bikes, not museum pieces, but on the other... this one just feels kinda special.

Years later, I came across a scan of a G.P. Wilson business card... it listed a residential address on Chalcedony street in San Diego. I was in San Diego/hang on, chalcedony... A girl I was seeing for a while lived on that street. She was trying to get me to have her brother weld those dropouts on that frame so she could ride it as a bar bike. Probably should have ended that relationship on the spot. Anyway, I looked up the address, same block... right next door. Weird.

To put em on will take some extensive remodeling, since they’re quite a bit longer than the stock shimano jobs. So, grind the Shimano drops off, chop the ends of the stays off to preserve the original domed ends, with enough room for a sleeve, snip another .75” off to shorten, make 4 sleeves matching the ID’s of the stays, braze those together and get the GPs on, all aligned in a decent jig and... realistically I’ll never spend the $ to do it. I should put that whole project up for sale.
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Old May 12th, 2020, 11:51 AM   #4
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Here's that business card:

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/GP_Wilson.htm

This guy was desperately looking for a set of G.P. Wilson's a few years ago. Maybe do him a solid?

https://www.instagram.com/classicdropouts/
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Here's that business card:

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/GP_Wilson.htm

This guy was desperately looking for a set of G.P. Wilson's a few years ago. Maybe do him a solid?

https://www.instagram.com/classicdropouts/

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Old May 13th, 2020, 10:12 AM   #6
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Team Comp - yes
Only model - no

Scott ?

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