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Old 09-20-11, 12:25 PM   #1
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Show us your Belgian bikes!

I just found out that we didn't yet have a thread like this yet (thanks, Lotek). A serious omission as far as I'm concerned, because Belgium is not only a cycling nation par excellence, but has also produced (and still produces) many fine bicycles.

And it is time to show them to the world. Please do not feel limited to the more obvious brands. I would also like some recognition for the lesser known frame builders.

So, to put things in order I will kick off with this example. Frame was built by Vaneenooghe in Ruiselede and painted by Van Wassenhove in Torhout for Jan Janssen, the (Dutch) 1968 Tour de France winner, who started his own bicycle business in 1972.

It is a 'Tour de France' (of course) model from the early '80's. Pictures are 'as bought'. It is currently being cleaned and recommissioned.







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Old 09-20-11, 02:03 PM   #2
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Almost NOS Norta. Full Shimano 600.
Originally had drops but the steerer and fenders pictured were also delivered with the bike according to the original owner.
Sold, now lives in London...



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Old 09-20-11, 02:05 PM   #3
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Diamant - Columbus THRON - Full Campagnolo Veloce, Ventos 16H

Fork "upgraded". Uncommon paintwork.
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Steve Bauer's Motorola Merckx - I'm sure most are sick of this bike by now. Was switched to Campagnolo 8sp Record Ergo - a decision I felt no inclination to reverse. Reynolds 753, though badged TSX.

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Steve Bauer's Motorola Merckx - I'm sure most are sick of this bike by now.
Yeah, more like lovesick amazing bike, great provenance. And 8 speed record, so pretty.
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Old 09-20-11, 02:55 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Great bikes! Keep 'em coming.

@stevenc: that Norta is right up my alley. Love that bar / stem / white grips combo. Someone in London should be very happy.
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Old 09-20-11, 03:38 PM   #7
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Ohhh, I got one: Van Hauwaert!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrille_van_Hauwaert
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Oh wow... That bike is SWEEEEEET! Wish I could find something like that in 64cm...

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Old 09-21-11, 09:47 AM   #9
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No Flandrias??
I got one, but I cannot post pictures, since I'm not home...and is in need of 'restoration/cleaning,etc"....
Other than that, these are cool bikes!
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Old 09-21-11, 11:42 AM   #10
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No Flandrias??
Not a real Flandria, but this is a close family relation: a Superia. The story I've read somewhere is that the brothers Aimé and Remi Claeys, who ran Flandria, got into a serious argument sometime in the '50's and decided to split up the factory (litterally, they put a wall in the middle of the factory). Aimé continued with Flandria, while Remi started Superia.

This is an 'Apollo Super Star', built with Ishiwata 022 tubing and fitted with Shimano 600 arabesque. Wheels and saddle are not original (but you saw that already). My guess is it's from the early '80's. Pics were taken with poor lighting in the attic, where this bike is waiting to be 'attended to'.







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Nice!!!
I have a lot of work to do with my Flandria!
Thanks for sharing the pictures...
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Not a Flandria, but a Flanders Pro Team
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Thx, B-I Steel. I wasn't really aware of the Flanders brand, but I've just seen they make official police bikes, complete with the appropriate lighting. How cool is that?

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Old 09-22-11, 12:37 PM   #14
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Another Belgian on the waiting list. A Venturelli Tirreno. Way too small for me, but maybe mrs non-fixie will want to ride it someday.





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My mid-80s Belgian custom build. Hakima is LBS, frame builder is from Dutch racing van de Klundert family. 2,000+ miles on it so far this year, last club TT tonight.

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^ Thanks. Nice! Would that be Peter van de Klundert? There was a Hakima for sale here recently, but it was gone before I got a chance to have a look at it. Kind of feel sorry for myself now.
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Yes, Peter van de Klundert. From what I see online he now has Sirocco Bikes in Hoogerheide.
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Hoogerheide. Quiz question: which former world champion was nicknamed 'the eagle of Hoogerheide'? (probably only in Hoogerheide)
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I believe Adri van der Poel is the "Eagle of Hoogerheide".

Cheated and googled it.

I travel from Rotterdam to Brussels a couple of times a year and need to stop by Sirocco. (very near the NL-Belgium border)
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There he is, and it isn't Adri van der Poel
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Nope, it's Harm Ottenbros, the unwanted world champion of 1969. While the big guns (Merckx, Van Looy) were busy watching each other, he just rode to the finish line and won. Nobody was happy with an inexperienced 24-year old unknown as the world champion. Over the next few years the cycling community chewed him up and spat him out. It took 30 years and Jan Janssen to get him back on a bike.

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Thank you, martl! You've just solved one puzzle for me. I have been wondering about this decal on my Snel touring bike. From the way the rack is mounted I had deduced it must be Belgian, but I hadn't matched that logo yet.





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well this thread answered a question I've had for a long time, who builds Jan Janssen bikes.

thanks non-fixie

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