Apollo Imperial: the (once-upon-a-time) Dura-Ace-equipped Apollo
Having posted recently about the Proctor frame/fork and Marinoni complete bike that fell into my hands some 5000km apart just yesterday (some serious luck, as well as some serious Canadian content), I though I should throw up a couple of pics of my one other incomplete project bike, the frame recently stashed under my bed, an Apollo Imperial: the top-of-the-line cycle offered by Deelite (Fred Deeley) cycles in Vancouver ca. 1981.
While it only had the 7200 bottom bracket and a BMX-looking Kuwahara headset when I acquired it, I understand that this bike would have been originally equipped with a Dura-Ace group.
While Kuwahara-made in Japan, this is another Canadian-interest bike, having been specifically imported, branded, and attractively decaled for the Western Canadian market, sold at one time through Cap's Cycles here in Vancouver.
Considering that - having sold a too-small frame and another complete bike that had served me well but fallen into disuse - I only had 1 whole bike just a couple of weeks ago, and that it's possible I might add another in a few days, I think I may now officially have too many bikes for someone who doesn't have a garage/shed/attic/second home.
Tange Champion #2 frame with a Tange 1C fork (or so it's stamped on the steerer), I posted one quick shot of this frame/fork on "It's Kuwahara/Apollo Appreciation Day" thread the other day, but just had some further dealings with the Imperial today: now with wheels, headset and mismatched dual-pivot brakes.
As nice of a frame as this is, my intention is to build it up with stuff I have lying around as an around-town bike. Sort of the 'beater' in the stable, though that moniker hardly seems appropriate...
Pics now, more details later:
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