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Old 11-13-10, 07:56 PM   #1
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Need some teamwork here - fully chromed Nervex lugged bicycle !

We were just closing down the bike shop and walked outside to find this bike had been donated... and I am a little clueless as to what it might be so am calling on the help of the C&V sleuths to help solve the mystery.

Will be uploading a crapload of pictures but this should get you all started...



The Gran Sport derailleurs make me think that the bike is a 53-63 if the parts were originally equipped.

The lugs are Nervex and the dropouts are Campagnolo, crank is a stronglight and the seatpost is 27.4 and there are no serial numbers or identifiers on the bike.

The headbadge is missing... rivets were to either side of the headtube.

Time for more pics...
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The seat cluster...



The bicycle also came with some very shiny Airlite tubular wheels with QR's...

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Pretty freaking cool what ever it is!!!


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Gran Sport derailleurs... and not a Valentino.







It looks like the bicycle was left outside for quite a long time...it was very dirty and the chrome is gonna need some lovin'.

Ian and I are here and are betting on how long it will take for someone to figure this one out...
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What's the BB threading? I wouldn't expect a 27.4 out of metric 531 - in other words, is it French?

...or isn't it?

That's a third-gen Gran Sport RD, I believe - 1958-1963, IIRC.

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Well, I can certainly understand why someone would leave it outside your door like a waddled red headed orphan child. The thing is hideous. But, I’m a magnanimous kinda guy, so I’d be willing to take it off your hands as a charity case. I know, I know; I’m a saint, it’s just the cross I have to bear.
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We were just closing down the bike shop and walked outside to find this bike had been donated... and I am a little clueless as to what it might be so am calling on the help of the C&V sleuths to help solve the mystery.

Will be uploading a crapload of pictures but this should get you all started...



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Hi Sixty -
That's a bike-boom low end Murray POC. I'll take it off your hands for $5 and even pay for the shipping.
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Hubs...






Headtube...



Kurt, Have yet to check the bb but the nd cup looks to be French... the top tube guides are also Peugeot-like.
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I thought we'd have this figured out already...

The rear cable guide stop is a simple L shaped tab but for some reason a cable clamp was used instead.

There are a lot of file marks on this frame and the seat stays are about as thin as they come.

Wish I had met the mysterious folks who dropped off the bike and wheels as they may have been able to provide some background information.

And with a re-measure the seat post is a 27.2... have yet to attempt any removal.

Another shot of the head tube... you can see where the head badge was positioned.


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If we assume that the model 61 brakes and levers are original as well as the 3rd generation GS derailleurs this puts the bike in the 1960 - 1963 time frame...
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Skinny little stays... to go with a rather elegant fork.

Wondering what that braze on is for ?
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The Airlite wheels are in amazing shape... lacing is 40 rear and 36 front and the Regina block looks fresh.

The hubs are also as smooth as butter on glass.

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Any numbers on the left rear dropout?
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Time for me to pack up and head home... hoping we will figure out what this is as we need to figure out a reasonable price for the co-op as it was a donation and will be going to a new home where I am sure it will be most appreciated.

Frame seems to be a little tall for yours truly so am guessing that it is a 58cm and have a few friends who would fit this bike really well.
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Any numbers on the left rear dropout?
Dude... had to move the qr and some more grime to see them.

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OH he didn't leave the note? your to ship it to me!
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OH he didn't leave the note? your to ship it to me!


A few of my slightly taller friends were here when the bike came in and think they are looking to have a deathmatch to see who gets to take this bike home with them.

It is going to need a good deal of love as the chrome is in bad shape although everything else is moving smoothly and am hopeful I don;t have to deal with any frozen seatposts or stems.

Am thinking Scooper is going to win the sleuth prize tonight.
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It's definitely not what you think it is, Stan.

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Very nice. I wish people would donate stuff half as nice to our shop.
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this thread is exciting
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Really makes you wonder what a person would be thinking about when they leave a bike like that, It's gorgeous whatever it is.
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We get some pretty wonderful bikes donated here... these make up for the overabundance of bike shaped objects we receive.

My Ron Cooper was one such donation some years ago...
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Really makes you wonder what a person would be thinking about when they leave a bike like that, It's gorgeous whatever it is.
to the person that left it, it was just 'Dads old bike'. perhaps Dad passed a few years ago and no one wanted it and it sat on the porch. now it is moving day and it has to go
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to the person that left it, it was just 'Dads old bike'. perhaps Dad passed a few years ago and no one wanted it and it sat on the porch. now it is moving day and it has to go
Yeah I know, that's about how I got my Tour de France. It was the old bike hanging in the garage that no one wanted any more
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