That's a nice and lovely bike!
Get on your bikes and ride!
I put it on a scale today, and came up with 22.1 lbs. Is that good?
Beautiful. I would treat the rust and touch up paint, but wouldn't do new paint, new decals, or anything that would remove the patina. Although I would, probably, apply a new Reynolds decal.
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What a blast from the past! I owned a bike shop starting in 1974 (sold it in 1994). In 1975 and 1976 I sold Follis, and personally owned and rode a 672. It was a really terrific bike. I eventually replaced it with a better fitting Masi, which I still own and is on display in a local bike shop. Like most French bikes of the era, the upper end bikes were quite nice. The entry bikes were only so-so, but the Follis bikes from the 472 up (572 and 672) were really nice bikes. Have fun with your old bike. Good luck with the refurb . . .
Every once in a while I get nostalgic and Google Follis 472.
Back in 1974 the 472 was the first good bike that I could afford. Little did I know then, that it was a great bike.
It was light and fast and tracked well on turns ... and oh yes it "planed"!
Its only problem was sponginess on out of saddle climbs.
Follis was always a small builder. So not many out there.
Good to see that you had the sense to keep yours.
Mine is long gone - HA17 on rear dropout
I love that it is still utterly original....awesome! what a conversation started that'll beon group rides...and a 531 bike, with sew-ups, till must be considered a professional bike(at leas n its day)...i'm sure it rides great!
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