Harry Quinn – Top Frame Builder
Harry Quinn, the man behind one of the country’s best know and longest-standing cycling brands has died at the age of 92. The Liverpool based dealer and frame builder was a pivotal figure in the Merseyside cycling scene up to the nineteen eighties and touched the lives of many of the top riders through his prowess as a frame builder.
Amongst the top riders who used Harry Quinn frames were Bill Bradley, the 1959 Milk race winner and legendary sprinter Reg Harris. Harry also designed and built frames for other brands, including Viking.
Harry’s business was located in Walton Road in Liverpool. His frames were generally shorter of wheelbase and steeper angled than those of other manufacturers and in an era when frame builders possessed almost mythical qualities for riders, to own a Harry Quinn framed bike placed you at the top of the equipment pecking order.
There’s an interesting thread on Harry Quinn on the Veloriders forum, including some images: http://www.veloriders.co.uk