Description: Charles Terryn was a professional Belgian cyclist who raced from 1943 to 1960. Despite his long career he ended up with not much glory to his palmarès. - At least he could claim that the war had robbed him from some of his best racing years.
It was when he started to work as a mechanic and opened a bike shop together with his cousin, that he became really successful.
He first served as a team mechanic for Rik van Looy's Faema and later for several other professional teams. He famously (had) built the bike on which Eddy Merckx won his first Tour de France!
Since he was as clever a salesman as a mechanic, his bicycle shop Cycles Terryn in Brussels was widely considered one of the best all through the 1970s.
The quality of the bikes which were sold under his name, and the frames of which most were built by two master frame builders from Belgium, was absolutely top and on the same level with some of the finest Italian bikes of that time.
- As you can easily see on our Terryn Competition Special from 1973.
The foundation of this bike is formed by Terryn's favourite combination: Reynolds 531 tubes and a Campagnolo Record groupset.
Fine cutouts in the lugs, a Cinelli cockpit and saddle and details like the excellent shorter crankset tell a story of finesse and bike-fitting knowledge alike.
This piece with original paint and decals is a perfect opportunity for somebody who wants a bike of the same quality as Eddy Merckx' first Tour-winning machine.