Claud Butler

The “King’s” first shop start up was in Battersea, 1928. The enterprise grew to become a multi store empire until it’s demise (under CB ownership) in the 1960s. Claud had a flair for self promotion. But his bikes always stood for quality and excellence.
The top builders who brazed and filed under the CB banner over the years included Fred Dean, George Stratton, Les Ephgrave and Bill Philbrook.
Claud passed away in 1978.
Genuine CB-at-the-helm era bicycles now are among the most collected in lightweight vintage circles.

Updated 11.24.2022

1939 catalog

"Tour D'Angleterre," "Continental" lugs, special features

Scott Goldstein's 1930s frameset

Ken Wallace's SWB tandem

Troy Warnick's beauties

1937 Claud Butler "Tour D'Angleterre"

Reynolds 531 tubeset, C.B. twin force feed lubrication system to headset, bottom bracket, and special C.B. chain oiler w/reservoir located in seat tube.

1952 Claud Butler "Olympic Sprint"

track bicycle, pencil stays, round fork blades with twin plate crown, Chater Lea crankset & pedals, BH Airlite hubset, Super Champion flame maple rims, Clement silks, GB Merkins stem, Brooks B17 Sprinter saddle

Green frame set at auction on eBay in 2000.

CB 1970 model TORINO (Holdsworth era)

Courtesy Bob Freeman