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Old 03-17-12, 06:14 PM   #1
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Witcomb (english) Bike from 70s or 80s?

This was pulled out of an attic in MA. I cant find much info on dating these. It's Super light. Does anyone know if its worth anything?
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Old 03-17-12, 06:40 PM   #2
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Who knows...maybe ATMO built it when he was apprenticing there back in the 70's. The frame looks well built with the fastback stays and the touches of Nuovo Record parts.
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Campy hub lock nuts are dated: "72"=1972, e.g. Take one off & look inside.
The bike is definitely worth something. An awful lot of awfully talented American frame builders got started at Whitcomb. Richard Sachs, Peter Weigle & Ben Serotta, for example. Given the parts on the bike, I'd guess it was built before 1972.
Here's some more info: http://classicrendezvous.com/British...Witcomb_UK.htm
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Every bike I see for sale is "super light." A scale will tell you what it weighs (sorry, pet peeve...)

Yes it's definitely worth something. Looks to be in pretty good restorable condition. I bet if you gave it a bath and took some photos outside in better light it would look 100x better. Not sure what it's worth but I wouldn't let it go for less than $300.
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This looks like one of the early Witcomb, the ones made in England before production moved to the Us and people like Sachs and Weigle got involved. The US Witcombs are pretty valuable - I have seen frames alone go over $400 - since they were likely built by some of the best American frame builders (Chris Chance was another Witcomb builder). I am not sure about the UK made Witcombs.
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Every bike I see for sale is "super light." A scale will tell you what it weighs (sorry, pet peeve...)
I agree!! I never understood a persons facination with checking the weight of one of my bikes, or anyone and any bike, and pronouncing it as a "Nice Bike". I love seeing stupid on CL and Ebay like can "can lift with one hand", "You can lift it with two fingers" What a HOOT!
It may not be light but most anyone can lift a huffy or a 1950s schwinn with one hand.

Nice looking bike, I didn't look too close lastnight as I was busy fighting with my computer. One of the first things I would do is carefully get that pump clip off and see just what kind of tubes you have.
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I agree!! I never understood a persons facination with checking the weight of one of my bikes, or anyone and any bike, and pronouncing it as a "Nice Bike".
The behavior is no different than wanting/owning the loudest speakers, biggest motor, fastest car - all purchased or acquired with the hopes of bolstering ones own self esteem. Nonsense? In a sense, but something that makes up a small part of most people's thought processes. Has something to do with ego, I believe and, yes, I suffer from it also. But bicycle weight..?

As long as I can lift a bicycle with one hand, it is light enough for me. Of course, where on Earth am I supposed to find a bicycle that has only one hand? One pedal, easy enough! But one hand?-( More nonsense that, somehow, makes sense, in a sense.

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It certainly looks like a fine machine. In the right market you could get at least $400 during the summer. Great find!
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Not sure if you sold the bike already, but if not, i would potentially be interested (if it is my size). I just crashed and wrecked my daily and I have always loved Witcomb—what better an excuse! Let me know if you are interested in selling and we can chat.
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This looks like one of the early Witcomb, the ones made in England before production moved to the Us and people like Sachs and Weigle got involved. The US Witcombs are pretty valuable - I have seen frames alone go over $400 - since they were likely built by some of the best American frame builders (Chris Chance was another Witcomb builder). I am not sure about the UK made Witcombs.
Sachs worked for Witcomb in England ATMO...later moving and heading up the US fascility. If that fit, i'd be interested...but not TOO interested. $800ish maybe?
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