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Old 04-13-11, 05:06 AM   #1
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Easy to identify ?

Hi all,

I've got an old beauty here. 120mm spacing, campagnolo dropouts and a Harry Potter scar on the headbadge (and the sides of the front fork, too).

This lightning sign should make it possible to ID the bike I suppose. Has anyone seen this before?



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... not so easy?

Here are a couple more pictures of the fork badge and the whole frame




A few more bits of info:
BB is English, location is Australia (which means an English make would not be unlikely, but could be anything).
Parts are not much of a help I'm afraid - a really wild mix. A highlight is the badged Cinelli stem (which is stuck BTW).

Any clues appreciated.
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... not so easy?
Nope, not so easy...but those lugs seem familiar: how about some more close-up shots of the sides of the head lugs, the seatcluster, the BB shell. The only thing that's a distant clue is that Malvern brazed on metal "appliques" in this fashion, but of course theirs were all stars, not lightning bolts. Could be an Australian thing.
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Hi, it would help to get close ups of the dropouts, seat lug, bottom bracket, any serial number and nice side view of the head tube. it would be extra helpful if knew the seat post size, bottom bracket thread and drop out spacing. I am not familiar with the logo or harry potter, sorry. looks like a neat bike that is in pretty bad shape, steep head angle and slack seat angle etc. I think a lot of English bikes from the 60 had that geometry.
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Royce Union!!
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Not so sure about Royce Union - I had a quick read on what I could find about this brand and the one common thing between bikes being from Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan and the US is that they where cheap bikes. With all the confusion around this brand I don't think we are looking at any of this here - And I couldn't find any reference to the lightning symbol either, maybe you have, Bianchigirl?

Both the rear and fork dropouts are Campagnolo.
The seat tube diameter is 26.8mm.
The weight of the frame is only and estimate at this time because of the stuck stem but I think naked it'll weigh in at about 2200g or less, not to bad for a 58 cm frame of that age.

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I have no clue, but I think it's awesome. Media blast and powdercoat that sucker. Then polish the lightning bolts. If it fits, of course.
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Hey I found this. It says these were built by Flash cycles and that they have Nervex lugs.
http://perthvintagecycles.blogspot.c...1_archive.html

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I think we have a winner!^ Looks like a home-grown from Western Australia: Flash.
But the OP's doesn't have Nervex lugs, those are Haden "Specialist": very British lugset.
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Amazing, that's a clear ID. I've found a pic of dude on the rollers in a better quality and he actually has the lightning bolt on his head tube (and the decal on the seat tube).
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Ok, next thing then. I'll need to gather some period correct parts.
What would be your guess of the vintage? 60s? Or even earlier?
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Wow. Never have I seen the acquisition of an NOS stem shifter as a key restoration feature. To each his own.

Wish I could help you, OP. A visit to the newspaper and public archives of Midland, WA?

Wait a minute ... bloody hell. Flash Cycles may still exist!

Flash Cycles

33 Great Northern Hwy
Midland, Western Australia 6056
Australia
tel: +61 82741411

Or maybe not (I'm not calling Aus from the US to find out)....

http://www.bicycles.com.au/forums/vi...=11397&start=0

Edit: Sadly, google streetview shows a desolate suburban area at this address, which is probably the home of an auto tune-up shoppe.

Edit 2: This is a theme with me and looking up the addresses of old bike shops and manufacturers in google streetview. The past is gone and they've put a car park where it used to be. That's why they call it the past.

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Ok, next thing then. I'll need to gather some period correct parts.
What would be your guess of the vintage? 60s? Or even earlier?
Cheers,
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They clearly sold into the seventies. There are several people around here who remember selling bikes in the US during that period. Surely there are people in Australia the same.

Maybe you're not on fire for a perfect period-correct re-fitting, but, since you asked, the question really is, how well were these bikes decked out? Were they usually outfitted with Japanese or French (or some other) parts? Only the Old Ones can tell us.

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... I was thinking to chrome the frame and paint over dark blue except for the lugs and the lightnings... I'm afraid the gold plating for the Shazam theme is a bit over the top.
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Someday I hope to be in a position where chroming the whole thing is somewhere short of over the top.
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