Stepping over from the vicious road forum. hope you guys don't bite... hard
relatively recently, a Follis has made its way into my possession.
As a direct result, I have done a limited amount of research into the matter of the bike's origins and such. my searches turned up mostly dry aside from sheldon brown's page and an old ad on cyclingrendevous. What can you tell me about my bike?
a quick description:
it's a green lugged steel bike that has been sitting in the back of a garage for the better part of 20 years... um... a rusted chainstay, and a few other spots of rust. the headtube lug has BCM stamped in it. lugs have a shoddy gold-ish brown pinstripe around them. the rear dropout has a number stamped in it (serial?) which I will show in a picture... the fork looks to be a traditional style fork, lugged with a foil cap over the lugs. the bottom third of the fork is chromed and paint is slightly chipping. finally, there are a plethora of decals on the bike, the head tube has a decal of a shield with the words lyon and follis on it, the TT simply says Follis (a corner is starting to peel) but the down tube may have the most useful information. a long silver reflective decal with a globe and a list of races: tour de france, etc. and below that is a yellow decal which says something along the lines of exp lot sept __ 1978 and below that in large font the number 6573 (this yellow stickere is covering up a white sticker, but I didn't want to remove anything due to my ocd...) I can't think of anything else of note but pictures may reveal more than my words.
pictures will follow shortly, but until then, a list off the top of my head on the components:
plastic simplex dt shifters (clampon)
Suntour honor RD (seemingly new, the mold's joint is still visible on the rollers (may not be original))
cherry brakes with suicide levers
NISI steel rims (27 X 1 1/4 tires)
simplex qr(also may not be original)
what I would like to know is what steel this is made of, if it's worth keeping/maintaining/upgrading/etc. an idea of its value, and pretty much any other information anyone happens to have on the bike.