Now, this has been a fine day for Canadian cycles indeed, as far as I'm concerned.
For one thing, I snagged this 62cm Marinoni in Columbus SP, Tricolor-equipped & located in the home of that make, where I will soon be joining it:
And for another, I also picked up a fine Proctor road race frame & fork in the West End of Vancouver, Reynolds 531c with Reynolds 531 fork blades, Campagnolo dropouts, and a nice 80s paint job in blue and white. Came otherwise unadorned save for Shimano 600 headset (with the funny top-nut) and generic seatpost binder bolt.
Decals are cracking a bit, and no pantographs (as I've seen on some other frames from this fine Edmonton, Alberta-based builder). Paint is generally very good, with a few so-so touchups (one on the fork blade, another covering a scuff from a clamp-on FD, one just above the bottle bosses and a couple on the stays where the original owner had added, then removed, braze-ons for a rack). All in all, it's a pretty good looking bike for its age, especially given that I'm inclined to believe the original owner kept it regularly exercised.
Funnily enough, this was my second crack at this exact bike...against all odds, as these are not by any means common, especially sized for 6'3". In fact, I nearly bought it about a year ago as a complete bike (I recall 1 1x9sp setup the then-owner was fond of at the time, the aforementioned racks, but no longer sure of the other details). I picked up and built a Nishiki Prestige instead. IIRC, while the original owner (might've been the 2nd owner, actually) had a CL ad up, it had escaped my attention - and he emailed me in response to a WTB ad I posted.
Especially coincidental, that's exactly how I came to have a second shot at it. A WTB ad that had thus far (in some weeks) brought me little more than a beat-up and too-small Ciocc, a so-so Japanese Bianchi and a couple of other non-starters prompted a cryptically concise email: was I looking for 130mm spacing? "Not that particular," I replied - I can work with 130, 126, even 120mm. "What've you got?"
Subsequently, he asked me - I having mentioned in my WTB that Canadian bikes are of particular interest - whether a Proctor would fit my criteria. For sure. I had to ask: had he happened to buy it off a gentleman in Tsawassen (south of Vancouver, where that previous seller had been located)? Turns out, we can agree, that it's a small world indeed where large-framed Proctors are concerned.
In any case, a brief but amiable chat and an exchange of funds found me on public transport with the frame over my shoulder this evening. Here it is:
I'll post some more photos after a much-needed can of beer and a good night's sleep. All this excitement is killing me.