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    question for the Mercian experts - this frame...

    question for the Mercian experts -

    this frame looks to me like it might be an Olympic model but i am no Mercian expert. what say you?
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    verktyg - the dropouts are unmarked Agrati. ...

    verktyg -

    the dropouts are unmarked Agrati.

    the whole bicycle could serve as a floor sample at the Agrati booth of a bicycle trade show such as Paris or Milan. frame is constructed of Agrati...
  3. yes, i saw that. that is why they work...

    yes, i saw that. that is why they work "backwards." later gnutti skewers operate "normally." likely has to do with patent expiry. iirc under italian law patents are granted for a fourteen year term...
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    hello non-fixie, i like Kactus suggestion -...

    hello non-fixie,

    i like Kactus suggestion - sounds just right and most appropriate to the frame. you might wish to fit a pair of Lyotard Professionals and perhaps a genuine Laprade pillar as...
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    John Nolan - build tip - if you get the frame...

    John Nolan -

    build tip - if you get the frame and proeed to do a build it would be a good idea to do a dropout and tab alignment prior to beginning any assembly.

    have seen two or three of these...
  6. hello lenos, thank you for the additional...

    hello lenos,

    thank you for the additional images. appears we are looking at a one up from the bottom sort of machine from the late fifties or early sixties. frame constructed of Agrati "AM"...
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    looks just like an early 70's Garlatti. is that...

    looks just like an early 70's Garlatti. is that a circumferential crack on the downtube just behind the headlug?

    John Nolan - search forum archives for "Garlatti" threads and you will recognise...
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    the forum had a recent thread on a 1964 Atala you...

    the forum had a recent thread on a 1964 Atala you might like to see -

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-what-s-worth-appraisals-inquiries/981080-1964-atala-grand-prix.html
    ...
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    wrt Torpado dropout - there is always the...

    wrt Torpado dropout - there is always the possibility of a contract build...

    the component mix is a real tin of worms; clues vectoring in all directions.

    chainset looks to be an OMG.
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    thanks very much Filochard. :thumb:

    thanks very much Filochard. :thumb:
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    thanks very much for the response non-fixie! ...

    thanks very much for the response non-fixie! much appreciated. :thumb: :)

    north american readers may be unaware but FAGOR is a Spanish manufacturer of cookware which sponsored a pro team at one...
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    WOW non-fixe, thanks so much for sharing this...

    WOW non-fixe, thanks so much for sharing this great find! :)

    suspect this is the earliest pink mercier i have seen. do you know if it predates the gan sponsorship?

    would it have been called a...
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    thanks very much for sharing this bike. it is...

    thanks very much for sharing this bike. it is great to see one which is so close to all original. :thumb:

    btw - i don't think the berthets are original. they all came with 45ca's at this time.
  14. since all three examples cited thus far were...

    since all three examples cited thus far were found in california i wonder if perhaps there was an importer for this marque in the state at this time...

    the equipment described by lenos certainly...
  15. hello lenos, i had one come through my...

    hello lenos,

    i had one come through my workshop with the same headplate as yours. iirc it was lugless and the sort of tenspeed sold in u.s. discount houses in the early to mid 1960's. the...
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    +1 :thumb: the thread at tontonvelo mentions...

    +1 :thumb:

    the thread at tontonvelo mentions two what sound like reorganisation dates of 1995 and 1998. the two bicycles under discussion in this current thread both date from around 1970. the...
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    Hello Johnny831, i found one of these just up...

    Hello Johnny831,

    i found one of these just up the road from you about thirty years ago at a recycling centre in Berkeley. it was a bare frame with a deep blue flambouyant finish and the same foil...
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    Hello Samir, welcome to the forum. :) you...

    Hello Samir,

    welcome to the forum. :)

    you must be the person behind all those Saminox rims i keep seeing...
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    this is an early 1970's base model contract...

    this is an early 1970's base model contract build. not at all a dishonest product, just the very bottom in an Italian road machine. some of the indicators include the Agrati bulge-formed head, the...
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    private labelled Chiorda.

    private labelled Chiorda.
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    Hank Troisieme - you might be interested in...

    Hank Troisieme -

    you might be interested in this news of cousin Dick Troisieme. he has been snoozing under a tarmac coverlet for a few centuries:

    BBC News - Richard III's DNA throws up...
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    thanks very much for this report non-fixie! :) ...

    thanks very much for this report non-fixie! :)

    do you mean to tell us that Verhoeven does something with cycles when he is not directing films?

    what is the correct/accepted term for this...
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    hello non-fixie, thanks for sharing this...

    hello non-fixie,

    thanks for sharing this fascinating find with the forum. most interesting reading. :thumb:

    one thing you have not mentioned regarding the rotterdam swap is just how many...
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    yes, looks like 1973-74 time. the Italvega...

    yes, looks like 1973-74 time.

    the Italvega version of this frame was called the Nuovo Record model. it was fitted with 49D chainset, Universal 61 brakes, Campg NR gear ensemble and Campg NT hubs.
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    this is pretty much the same as the Italvega...

    this is pretty much the same as the Italvega Turismo of the early 1970's. Columbus tubing will be the three main only. iirc the Italvega version came with cottered steel cranks, otherwise it was...
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