Classic & Vintage - need information on alward
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11-21-04, 09:47 PM
I have recently come into possession of a bicycle that I cannot find any info about on the internet. There are no decal or paint markings. The only identification is the name alward in script on the seat stays near the seatpost lug. The bike is obviously high end having a mix of Campy, Dura-ace and Superbe components. The lugwork is fancy and chromed as are the fork crown and even the wire guides under the bottom bracket. Judging from the components (which include Mafac cantilevers and a Campy triple crank with 144 bcd) it appears to be early to mid '80's and may be a custom made touring bike.
If any one has heard of this builder (assuming that alward is the builder) I would appreciate hearing from you.
11-21-04, 10:28 PM
I had a look in Lou Deeter's collector guide, and found nothing listed under Alward. Could be that Alward was the previous owner of the frame.
Can you post pictures?
11-21-04, 10:41 PM
I'll try to post some pictures. I doubt that alward was the owner's name. The script is cast in relief deeply into the actual metal of the stays. The surface of the stays are flattened for about three inches from the seatpost lug downward to provide a surface for the script. Thanks for the reply.
02-19-09, 03:47 AM
I have enclosed some pictures of the Alward. There are no other distinguishing features anywhere on the frame.
02-19-09, 03:53 AM
Thats a nice touring frame, good clearance for fenders, canti-brakes, braze-ons galore, barcons and relaxed geometry. Maybe it was made by a smal custom frame builder? Regardless, it looks very nice.
I was trying to find some info as I just bought one of these frames myself. I was thinking it could also possibly be Allvard which seems to be a french word/name but nothing related to bicycles comes up.
05-25-09, 11:22 AM
very nice looking touring frame, seems to be all chrome under the paint. I've never heard of it, but I'd confirm the threading (BB, HS) and seatpost size first, and then assuming it to be British threading, my guess is that it's Japanese. Just sounds like a "British" name that a JP builder might adopt trying to create an homage to a fine touring frame from the past. And what with the mix of modern braze-ons but vintage long dropouts (what make are those?) it seems like an "homage" kind of deal...but very well made, I'll bet.
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