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    My Franklin

    I had this frame made for me in 1990, Campy group, double-butted CroMo frame.



    I hate to see it just hanging on a rack unused, but technology keeps me getting me into new bikes. What do you guys do with your old rides?.

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    are you kidding!? This is C&V, we ride them! That is a beautiful BTW.. 1st gen chorus, awesome group.
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    Thanks, I paid more for it then my car at that time, I was still a College Student (priorities).
    And now I feel REALLY guilty for not riding it.

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    Man thats a beauty, what size is it?
    (Life is too short to play crappy guitars) 2006 Raleigh Cadent 3.0, 1977 Schwinn Volare, 2010 Windsor tourist. ( I didn't fall , I attacked the floor)

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    Looks like it has cobalto brakes too, those would have been old stock at the time.
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    Why not set it up with a new carbon ultra torque ergo group and wheel set if you want to keep up with the newest technology?

    Or, you could add a compact crank set and brooks saddle, raise the stem a bit and make it a century bike.

    You can feel free to send me the old bits for disposal

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    Nice ride - technology doesn't mean a better ride it's just a manufatures way to sell more parts. If you actual count usable gears between a 7 speed group and a 10 speed they vary little. The difference between a free wheel and free hub or canti's versus v-brakes or single versus double pivot brakes. Not to say that there aren't some technology changes that have actually made a diiference just not many.

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    It's 53.5 cm from C-BB to Top tube. The group is from a Colnalgo that I rode/raced in Italy ( my first race experience) It came from my Uncles Bike Store in Rome, when I lived there for a while. It is light, compared to the CF bike that I currently ride, it's a kilo heavier, but stiff and responsive. I couldn't bring myself to change components, too many good memories
    Thanks for the complements, I'll tell her she still has her looks after 18 years..

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    Nice bike.
    I had mine made last Spring, only the components are old(ish).
    IMG_0201.JPG
    I hope this works.....

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    Just realized how crappy the picture is in my post above - it's a Franklin also.

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    I consider Jack a good friend, and if I had the scratch, I'd buy one of his frames now. I think you are fortunate to ride one. Give it a good thrashing every now and again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    I consider Jack a good friend, and if I had the scratch, I'd buy one of his frames now. I think you are fortunate to ride one. Give it a good thrashing every now and again...
    This is Franklin in Ohio, around Columbus?

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    Franklin frames, yes. He builds, or has built, several other frames as well. Is there another Franklin Frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    Franklin frames, yes. He builds, or has built, several other frames as well. Is there another Franklin Frames?
    I would love to find one of his tandems. He did the repaint on my LeJeune. Excellent work at a very reasonable price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prschaa View Post
    I had this frame made for me in 1990, Campy group, double-butted CroMo frame.



    I hate to see it just hanging on a rack unused, but technology keeps me getting me into new bikes. What do you guys do with your old rides?.
    They give them to me heres my addy......
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    Franklin frames, yes. He builds, or has built, several other frames as well. Is there another Franklin Frames?
    I dunno, luker! An Ann Arbor bike bud moved down there and visited Franklin, but his report was not extremely enthusiastic, but that frame is a gem! Maybe he didn't see any finished items?

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    I know Jack as well, used to live 2 houses from his shop in a suburb of Columbus Ohio called Grandview for years. Spent many hours inside his "hole in the wall" watching him create bikes. Great bikes, excellent workmanship and sweet paint jobs.
    I've owned several, had numerous bikes painted by him and was always pleased. He's now located way east of Columbus in the small town of Newark.
    Great guy to work with and his prices are more than reasonable. I'm prepping a frame to send his way right now and hey CV-6, guess what it's...a Lejeune Pro!

    KRhea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
    I dunno, luker! An Ann Arbor bike bud moved down there and visited Franklin, but his report was not extremely enthusiastic, but that frame is a gem! Maybe he didn't see any finished items?

    Road Fan
    Here: lemme quote:

    (Gaansari) is out of dayton and yea i make all his stuff....i also make a brand called Black Bar,out of va., bradley, frizzante, fisso, and of course franklin. old town out of kansas city but i think they changed hands also,. bilenky in philly at one time were all made by me..they eventually took most of the building in-house.....i got started by making bob jackson (usa) frames back in 79 &80 to be sold through bicology bikeshop(supergo now) .
    my website is
    www.home.alltel.net/franklinframe

    Shameless plug, there. He really does good stuff, premium paint, solid repair, and he's reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post

    snippage

    Shameless plug, there. He really does good stuff, premium paint, solid repair, and he's reasonable.
    Just don't be in a hurry to get the work done. Not a complaint, just a statement of fact.
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    I cannot deny that. But it seems to be a trend.

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    Did someone say they want a Franklin tandem?

    I've got a fillet brazed one in the garage that I'd be willing to let go for the right price. It's a beauty, just a little too small for me and too big for my stoker(wife).

    If interested, shoot me an email at eastcoastdh at hotmail dot com for pics and details.

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    I was/am really pleased with the quality of work, and the pain-job is awesome, even after almost 20 years it still shines like new. If I remember, it took 4-5 months from the time i placed the order to delivery, seemed like 10 years.

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    I was fitted at his workshop mid-March and picked it up right before the 4th of July weekend so I really couldn't complain especially as this was the "busy season". But it did seem like 10 years too. Getting to pick the style of lugs (or filet brazed) braze-ons, chrome and paint? I was like a kid in a candy shop (granted a fairly dirty and cluttered candy shop but still.....).
    Also at the time he had only one other Franklin he was working on, all chromed awaiting the customer's choice of paint - it was beautiful. Most of the other bikes being worked on were refinishes. Hopefully I'll be sending the Frejus there this Spring.

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    my bradley/franklin

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