Charles Roberts

Was: Roberts Cycles 89 Gloucester Road, Croydon, England CR0 2DN

Update 12.12.2022

Charlie Roberts left Holdsworth in the mid 1960s and some time later – around 1976 – he moved to 87 Penge Road, Anerley. Then in 1983 the last move was to the Gloucester Road address in Croydon. Charlie did work in other locations building for other shops, but his own frames in this period carried either the Sydenham or Anerley addresses.
Both Charlie’s sons, Chas and Geoff, worked from a young age in the business. Charlie senior passed away in 1979 and son Chas continued the retail business until 2015. Son Geoff has continued the Roberts brand in his frame building and repair shop HERE

Special thanks to John Foster

1979 brochure

1988 catalog

'08-09 Cycle magazine article

David Robert's #00261

Keith Bowman's #313

Andrew Mosley's #377

Frank Wadelton's #547

Steve Valladolid's club-touring style bike #572

Chris Harrison and Eric Angell, Redbridge CC on Chris' tandem built in 1977 "It was ordered with a curved seat tube, but Roberts had run out by the time mine was built, and mine had the awful twin curved small diameter tubes. "

Serial #1372 Split seat tube and ultra short wheelbase. As featured at the 1978 New York Int. Bike Show.

J. Olson's #1581 with black & gold Galli components

Jeremy Schott's Audax #85834

Another short wheelbase bike; dropouts open to rear.

Track #21270

Fred Yavorsky's #82-19

Jeff Lundberg's #88101

Road frame #88222 in Reynolds 753 tubing

Photos courtesy Hilary Stone