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Old 09-25-07, 11:52 AM   #1
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“Walter Godefroot is the only one of my adversaries who I never beat in a direct fight for victory” - Eddy Merckx

Walter Godefroot aka The Bulldog of Belgium aka The Bulldog of Flanders amassed 155 professional victories from 1965 until his retirement from racing in 1979. Although a specialist in one-day classics, Godefroot was like many of his talented contemporaries and could shine in most disciplines including Grand Tours and track racing. His ten classics victories included three of the ‘five monuments' (Liege-Bastogne-Liege – 1967, Paris-Roubaix – 1969 and Tour of Flanders – 1968 and 1978). In the Grand Tours he claimed 10 Tour de France stage victories, one Giro stage, two Vuelta stages and three Tour de Suisse stages. Of these the final stage of the 1975 TdF is the most historic as he was the first rider to win on the Champs-Élysées. In 1970 he won the Green Points Jersey of the TdF. Upon his retirement from racing he moved into the role of team director. Most notably with T-Mobile during the Ulrich years and more recently with Team Astana in 2007.

This frame is a mystery. There is no official record of Walter Godefroot ever having his own marquee. Although, I did find an older thread from a Belgian gentleman who found a Godefroot branded road frame. A longtime rider of Colnago frames, the clover cut-outs are of note. Did Godefroot receive parts from Colnago to build a line of bikes following Merckx's post-racing relationshiop with Ugo De Rosa? Possibly crafted by a Belgian builder?

Godefroot owns and operates a successful bike shop near Gent, Belgium. I plan on emailing them a couple of photos in hopes of unraveling some of the secrets of the Godefroot name. Stay tuned.
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that's a georgeous bike.
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Another one for sale.
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Old 09-25-07, 07:53 PM   #4
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Wow. I wish I could read that.

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Cool bike. In fact , I just "sealed" a deal for such a bike here in Belgium. I first saw your bike on Velospace when I was looking for info on the bike I'm just about to buy and that's one of the reasons I decided to purchase it. Have you found out anything else about your bike? I'll post pics later on today. How does it ride?

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[QUOTEThis frame is a mystery. There is no official record of Walter Godefroot ever having his own marquee. Although, I did find an older thread from a Belgian gentleman who found a Godefroot branded road frame. A longtime rider of Colnago frames, the clover cut-outs are of note. Did Godefroot receive parts from Colnago to build a line of bikes following Merckx's post-racing relationshiop with Ugo De Rosa? Possibly crafted by a Belgian builder?

Godefroot owns and operates a successful bike shop near Gent, Belgium. I plan on emailing them a couple of photos in hopes of unraveling some of the secrets of the Godefroot name. Stay tuned.[/QUOTE]

It was his "store brand". A very common thing for bike stores in the day. As for the actual shop that built it for them I have no idea. Maybe they will tell you?
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It was his "store brand". A very common thing for bike stores in the day. As for the actual shop that built it for them I have no idea. Maybe they will tell you?
I'm planning a trip to that shop on the weekend to ask about my bike. I just got it home and it doesn't have any decal indicating what type of tubing it is. Yet, it's very, very light. I'll post pics later on today or tomorrow for sure.
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Here is my Godefroot I got today.
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I don't see a trailer for those young riders attached on the back

Nice bike, might want to lower that saddle's nose a little.
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I don't see a trailer for those young riders attached on the back

Nice bike, might want to lower that saddle's nose a little.
The wife won't even let me think of taking them out in this cold ***** weather. Thanks for the heads up with the saddle. I just got the bike today and I haven't even looked at it good or cleaned it.

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Old 11-13-07, 05:01 PM   #11
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Here is my Godefroot I got today.
Nice bike! The little ones like,"Hey! Get this bike out off my way! Im trying to watch Doddle Boops here!"
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Nice bike! The little ones like,"Hey! Get this bike out off my way! Im trying to watch Doddle Boops here!"
Hah! I'm one of the lucky parents that does not have the misfortune to have to listen and watch that stuff because we are stationed abroad. My kids usually only get to watch a few cartoons and they're usually the ones I like (i.e Tom and Jerry, DBZ). The rest of the time, my daughter usually helps me out with the bikes or we are out riding or playing (trying to) volleyball.
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