Classic & Vintage - Alpine? Anyone know anything?
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10-19-10, 12:41 PM
A pal of mine gave me a nicely set up and VERY gently used Alpine road bike. I'm guessing it's early '90's: cups-n-balls BB, componentry marked 600 and Ultegra, 7 speed D/T shifters, Tange Infinity tubing and Made in Japan sticker.
It's way too small for me, guessing 52cm or so. Because of that, I swiped the wheels, drivetrain, and derailers and used them to flesh out a NOS Falcon San Remo frame that fits like a glove.I can't find anything about the "Alpine" frame brand and am wondering if maybe it's a rebranded Something Else. Any ideas?
I found an late 80's Alpine Stars mtn bike with Deore and SLX componentry a long time ago at a thrift store. I couldn't find out much about the company, then. So, I gave up. It's a neat bike.........oversized cro-mo frame tubing where the top tube is the downtube and the seat stays are the chain stays, as well. I built it up for my wife with an older Tange suspension fork.
Here's an internet image of what it looks like...
Can't find on google = private label brand. Some private label branded bikes were pretty decent. For example, both Nashbar and Performance bike had some pretty good branded bikes back then.
10-19-10, 04:10 PM
Alpines can be very nice frames. They were a house brand for Georgetown Cyclery (or was it Georgetown Velo Sport?). I gather that the majority were built by MKM in the UK, some were built by Eisentraut. I have an Alpine track bike that I bought in 1979. It was owned by an elderly man who had raced track in the thirties and he bought it about 1975 thinking that he would like to ride again. He was told that it was built by Carpenter. It's a typical British frame of the period, beautiful enamel paint and nice pin striping and contrasting panels.
10-19-10, 04:16 PM
Another Alpine was a custom builder out of Washington, DC. If you could post some pics it might help to determine which Alpine we're talking about here. A unique identifying mark: stay to dropout transitions were an interesting cut-away type of scalloping.
If this is indeed what you have, I actually have one or two NOS sets of Alpine decals (head and downtube) if you may be intending to do a restoration.
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