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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    The ALAN Super Record... Finished!

    After 6 months gathering parts, rebuilding deraillers, waiting on shipments, being broke... The ALAN is finished! just a few pics as a preview, I might do a more elaborate photoshoot when I find the time. The frame was in quite scratched condition, so this is no show bike! I intend to ride it a lot as my sunny weather, sunday ride machine.


    Alan Super Record by ctjr, on Flickr

    So here's the build list:
    Frame+fork ALAN Super Record 1980 size 56 c/t
    Headset Campagnolo Super Record (alloy)
    Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Record
    Cranks Campagnolo Super Record 52/42
    Pedals Campagnolo record, cristophe clips
    Front Derailler Campagnolo Super Record 1983
    Rear Derailer Campagnolo Super Record 1983
    Brakes Campagnolo Gran Sport (needed ones with non-recessed bolts, so no SR brakes...)
    Brake levers Campagnolo Super Record (lever hoods NOS 80's replacements)
    Hubs Campagnolo Record low flange
    Mavic tubular rims, can't tell which
    some very ancient tubulars, will be swapped out later (but ride ok)
    Seat post Campagnolo in 25 mm (ALAN+Vitus special)
    Seatpost binder and cable clips also Campy (paid a lot for such small pieces )
    Stem Cinelli 1a 10 mm
    Handlebars Cinelli Giro d'Italia 64/40
    Tape Pelten iscaselle shade

    The hardest part was probably getting the shade tape to match on both ends of the bars... 3 hours well spent. The ride is superb and a quick steering course around town really showed the superb handling of this bike... it corners with so much confidence! The comfort is also quite good, maybe in part due to the big cushy saddle, but it handled the small secteur pavé in my town with ease! I can't wait to take it for a big ride, but due to other obligations that has to wait a few days.

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    Like the OP, I am a fan of ALAN having had a Super Record of my own at one time. Sadly, I listed the bike on Ebay for more than I felt it to be worth and it got snapped up.

    Nice job on your ALAN and my guess is that you are pretty proud...

    Here is a peek at my old ALAN that I built up with Shimano 600 Arabesque group. It is the second lightest vintage bicycle I have ever owned, coming in under the hard to break 20lb mark...
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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    Nice job on your ALAN and my guess is that you are pretty proud...
    YES! It's also the first real restauration I've done from the frame up with period correct bits... It was quite a learning experience. And it's for sure not the last... Especially now I've got a full Gran Sport gruppo looking for a cause!

    and by the way Randy, your site was a great help to me from the start! Thanks a lot!

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    Nice work on the Alan SR!
    Just one comment. I think you need to flip the quick release on your front wheel to the other side fo the bike.
    Are you ready to find and take on an ALAN Carbonio next? The Carbonio is a dream bike of mine and I hope to find an affordable frameset to build up one day.

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    Nice job Italuminium. Your ALAN is in my favourite colour and you have set it up perfectly as far as I am concerned. I was interested to read your thoughts on its ride quality. I also agree fully with your assessment. They are great frames but unfortunately others are becoming more aware of them and pushing the price up.

    I would have to agree with Chombi - the Carbonio is on my wish list too.

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    Love it! I've been looking at bikes like these with increased interest lately. How does the ALAN compared to the Vitus 979? Is one a re-badge of the other? Do frames like these use BSA threading or French threads? Can anyone describe the ride/handling of these bikes for me?

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    Nice choice of components. well done preserving the patina. All together a very nice bike!
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    Hi ratfink,

    I know of a couple of ALAN's with British bottom brackets. The ALAN's are Italian while the Vitus is French. Both have their fans. There are often stories of the frames loosing their bond. The tubes come loose from their lugs but I have personally never seen an ALAN that this has happened to although I'm sure it has happened. The 'good' aspect of the ALAN frame is that a trained bikeshop mechanic had the ability to replace frame tubes and re-bond the frame. They are screwed and glued together.

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    Great job. That bike is beautiful!

    Nice choice using tubulars, also. I'll have to post up some pictures of the Vitus 979 I just finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rat fink View Post
    Love it! I've been looking at bikes like these with increased interest lately. How does the ALAN compared to the Vitus 979? Is one a re-badge of the other? Do frames like these use BSA threading or French threads? Can anyone describe the ride/handling of these bikes for me?

    Joe
    Vitus 979 (French) and ALAN (Italian) frames are frames from different companies/countries and not a rebagdeg of one or the other. Vitus uses a bonded (glued) only construction for their frames, while ALAN adds screws to their glued frame joints to further reinforce the joint, so they are considered "screwed and glued" frames. Both ride more comfortably than later large diameter welded Al frames because they are a bit more compliant (flexible) with their small diameter tubing. ALAN adds a bit more aesthetic detialing on their lugs with points and even a bit of decorative engraving on the head lug fronts, while Vitus 979s are comparatively simpler with their plainer looking straight cut lug ends and very simple graphics. Both offer different color anodizing on their frame tubes with Vitus offering a few more unusual colors than ALAN, like "Rose" and "Champagne". I think Most, if not all ALAN frames have italian threading, while the Vitus mostly came with English with some ealy ones in French.
    Many had worried about the bonded construction on both bikes being prone to separation, but the fears on these have been proven to be mostly false considering how many of these frames are still on the road after more than 20 years without any problems. Of course a few might have been defective from tha factory and failed on some riders, but that can be expected from many other products out there. If there is any weakness on the Alan frames, it's the cable stops and guides on the top tube and drive side chainstay. They do tend to crack from fatigue or easily get crushed from impact or continuous stress from flexing (as on the frontmost cable guide on the top tube) as they are softer than their steel counterparts. but I think a careful owner can mostly avoid damage to these fragile parts if they are just careful with their bikes.

    Chombi
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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    Hey guys, thanks for all the comments! Rat Fink: The Vitus and the ALAN are distinct brands with different construction, finishing and marketing. there's plenty documentation on them, so happy googling (that's what I like about restoring bikes - the research. I'm a historian at heart!).

    Chombi: Oops! thanks for pointing that out... And yes, the carbonio is very high on the list as a next build. But I seem to only find the alloy ones locally and I just plan to buy from sheds of people who have no idea what kind of bike they sell, I'm just a poor Uni student! Also, for the next build, I'd like to try something exotic, like a TT funny bike or a pre-war 3-speed. But who knows, one can always find my way..
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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    So... It has been more then a year since I first had the ALAN ride-ready. I have, however, since then spend a lot of time on these boards and my taste and understanding of ol' bikes have changed over the time. So, it was time for an update. Silver cables, more period correct saddle and white tape (cork, I might change to cotton later on). How do you like it?


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    If you do change tape again, I think that black bar tape would fit better with the black saddle, toestraps, SR derailler, and the frames ALAN decals. Looks great otherwise!

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    I see a definite refinement from the last time we saw it. Color coordination with colred tape works good for most bikes, but theres always an air of understated sophistication I feel when I see nice clean looking white bar tape on a race bike. Cork's my favorite material, but padded vinyl as used by many pros in th 80's looks great to me too. FYI, I still have untouched Cinelli cork tape in yellow in my junk drawers somewhere that I bought in th late 80's to put on my PSV to match the yellow on its frame color bands, but I never convinced myself to use it so I still use white bar tape on the bike since I got it in 84.
    Btw, I think the black saddle is already balanced out by the black hoods on the brake levers adequately, so I would not worry about that.
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    Cisalpinist Italuminium's Avatar
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    I agree with the colour coördination, but my main guide for this build has been the pics of the tour of 1979, and there, everyone uses white tape or really light benotto vinyl.
    Pass the Dutchie on the non-drive side.
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    I like the updated version. Personally, I like white bar tape. It still looks as good as the day it was built - from what I can see.

    Its a clever bike too. Looks like it is studying Tour De France facts in the local library.

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