DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Not sure about the $50 mark, that sounds low to me. It is a low end frame, based on the stamped drop outs, fork crown, and other details. The higher end Silks had forged dropouts, and other features. The frame is all cromoly, so it is not bottom end.
The Silks are hard to find, the paint looks good, should clean up nicely. If it is a keeper build, I would go for it.
Could be 1970s, as always, date the bike based on component codes, there will be a dozen or more on that bike. I don't see bottle braze ons, but there is not a complete bike pic. No bottle braze ons means 1981 or earlier. But this bike looks older than that to me.
Here's some pics of my recent 1985 Silk pickup. Note the decals/logos are quite a bit different, ditto fork crown and dropouts.
Last edited by wrk101; 09-30-11 at 11:01 AM.