Stanridge Speed Grey Flash

Stanridge Speed Grey Flash

Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed has been very busy lately. After holding us spellbound with his Highstreet Pursuit, he’s been busy filling international orders and in his spare time managed to create a machine that should please the eyes of both Bike EXIF and Cycle EXIF readers: a homage to the iconic Vincent Grey Flash.

Vincent produced only 31 of these models between 1948 and 1950 and Adam will produce 31 editions of his bicycle as a gesture of respect. A riding position reminiscent of the original provides a classic silhouette, although an interesting transmission has been selected; a seven speed cluster on the rear with a single Camapgnolo Record ring on the front — perhaps as a head nod to the original single cylinder engine of the Vincent?

Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash
Stanridge Speed Grey Flash

  • Oren

    what kind of handlebars are those, nitto albotross?

  • wow, clean, i like! those VO brakes look great on there too

  • Nice!

    But I have to say something about Brooks saddles.

    They show up on every custom bike ever. And they’re the worst saddles out there. Yes. Stop lying to yourself. If you had to endure 1,000 miles of horrific pain before your Brooks became kinda comfortable, it’s little more than Ye Olde Tortue Device. And really, I don’t believe you when you tell me your Brooks saddle is comfortable or “broken in.” I think you’re fooling yourself because you can’t come to grips with the fact that you spent so much money on something that turns your bum into ground chuck. It’s cognitive dissonance.

    Just say to to Brooks. Seriously.

    • Byron Loibl

      i guess thats why Brooks Saddles has been in business for 145 years. maybe more miles on the bike and better set-up elsewhere on your machine might help.

    • ROLLS and REGAL! Concor round out my podium.

    • MatCoes

      Very nice bike. So clean.

      I’ve heard of the dreaded Broks Break-in, but have never experienced an uncomfortble day in a Brooks saddle. All fresh from the box.

      Dustin, I think ur doing it wrong.

  • Shane

    my ass likes brooks. pretty sure my girlfriends ass likes brooks too.

    say to to Dustin

  • Mule

    That is an extremely tidy package!

    On Brooks saddles, I was always told you had to break them in to fit your own ass. And they look bitchin’ when they’re all broken in and worn looking. But after using one on on several different bikes for 3-4 years, I still hated it. My opinion is they’re like any seat out there. Everybody gets comfortable on something different. Looks are important for photographic work, but when you ride 40-50 miles on an uncomfortable seat, they lose their charm pretty quick! I have one race seat thats all carbon shell with zero fabric, but it fits my ass perfect, hence, total comfort. Go figger!

  • Phill

    Not much of a homage, apart from the colour and one small decal it bears no resembalance to the Vincent at all. Why wasn’t it built with a sloping top tube to match the shape of the motor bike? Or with triple tree forks? Heck, if you’re going to do it properly it should have suspension and curved top tube to mimic the fuel tank. One of those cheap Felt crusiers looks more like a motorbike than this.

  • dunc

    Where does the 1/8th cassette/derailleur come from? Looks like a standard Record track chainring with a 1/8th chain.

  • stanridge

    Hi Dunc, wow. that was big ordeal finding the proper cassette. A. The Phil Rivendale Hubs will only accept a spin on cassette. B. It’s easy to see (or maybe not) that every other component on the grey flash is top shelf. Very tough finding a top shelf cassette. The seven speed cassette allowed enough clearance for 1/8 chain. Luckily for me the owner desired only a low count in the rear. Visually he wanted me to clean up the chainring area, no hanger, no front der. no cables. etc. So we decided on a 1×7 We may need to purchase a Phil chain keeper for the front we’ll see. Since we’re using a track chain ring with no chain ramping and a slack chain angle maybe not.
    The rear derailleur is a 8sp NOS Campagnolo unit. He ordered no logos so i spent an afternoon hand sanding the logo off of the rear der. with 1200 grit. Notice not really any painted logos on the bike.

    Notice no logos on the tires. Let’s not go into how long it took to find a quality tire with no logos. ha.

    • dunc

      Thanks for the clarification. These pearls of wisdom will come in handy when it’s time to build my own. Love the charcoal paint job too. Good the see a bike that lets the details and workmanship do the talking. Top work.

      BTW, I reckon Brooks are super comfy. Especially for a more relaxed riding position.

    • Seventhskyline

      ‘spin on cassette’?

      Either its a spin on freewheel or its a cassette.
      FWIW an almost identical looking Phil 8/9 speed cassette hub and a 7 speed Shimano-compatible cassette with a spacer would have worked much the same, well… actually better really than a screw on freewheel and all the compromises it entails (reduced axle support, less durable freewheel). Unless its an obscure super wide spaced 7 speed screw on that has different cog spacings than a cassette?

  • Never used a Books saddle. Kudos to them, and long may they survive as a truly British brand. Although the Fizik saddles I’ve tried look great and are also super comfortable, and the Selle Royal and Selle Italia saddles I own do me fine, on a budget.

    Back to the rest of the bike, personally wider flatter bars, maybe more dirt bike style with a shorter stem, slide the seat back a little. Maybe it’s just me but I like to copy something similar to the original Vincent front end geometry, it doesn’t hurt on a bicycle.

  • Lord Elpus

    It’s a really nice bike, but does not resemble the Grey Flash in any way The Flash was a racer, with low straight bars and the colour was a really pale grey.

  • Albertjm

    stan – very appropriate homage.
    unnecessary literal similarities notwithstanding (actual geometry, styling, fork, top tube, etc.), I see it as a throwback to the classic rider position from the roots of cycling, just as the restored grey flash does for the world of motorcycling. The logo is a little much, though.
    Dig the sanded logo rear derr. and single front chainring (you should sand that too)

    well done!

    • Huh? I don’t get it. You’re saying that a classic bicycle rider position which loses some control over the bike is better because it harks back to a classic era? Even though it would be really easy to copy the bar and stem style from the motorcycle that it is paying homage to, and that would give the rider more control and have more fun. Function secondary to form? Not my style.

  • stanridge

    Hi everyone, thanks for the great feedback. With comfort and path riding in mind we decided to go with the bar/stem combo you see above!

  • Jeremy

    I like it. Very cool. I like the fact that its simplified by removing the front derailer and shifter. I like the fact that you kept the rear derailer and cassette. I like the fact that you chose campy. Dark gray is very understated. Very classy.

  • enno

    Very nice bike!
    What kind of grey is this – do you know the RAL number or something like that?
    And did you use powder coating or is it a classic coating?

    • Wobiklingel

      Double that..