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Alan Pearce (Rainbow Jersey) custom road

Old 04-21-19, 06:52 PM
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Alan Pearce (Rainbow Jersey) custom road












This is a frame made by Alan Pearce of Milwaukee. Alan is the brother of Jerry, who ran the Rainbow Jersey bike shop until recently. Store closing here:

https://onmilwaukee.com/sports/artic...-to-close.html

Alan didn't build that many frames. When I asked Jerry about this, he estimated no more than 50. This one is stamped A011 on the BB shell, so it's a reasonable assumption that this was the 11th frame he made.

What do you folks think it's worth? Would prefer not to part it out and sell whole.

The frame looks high quality. I'm guessing Columbus tubing, again from Jerry, as there is no tubing sticker. Bocama lugs? Campy dropouts. Interesting placement of the TT cable bosses, canted downward and to the left / nondrive side, so that the housing is neatly tucked away.

Components are nice but a bit of a mix: Super Record drivetrain & brakes, SunTour barcons, 7-speed corncob cluster, Profile stem, Ritchey bars, SR graduated rail saddle, and Mavic Reflex tubies on Phil hubs.

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As mentioned, off the charts odd mix. Price is in the parts. Sell them, then try to find someone who will appreciate that nice unmarked frame. Sold complete it would bring less than the parts, as some items like the stem are too distracting and the miss match is too much to appeal to anyone except a parter. Now as a personal rider, I could enjoy that bike, and the stealth look would be a plus (stem and bars would still have to go).


If you want to sell whole, OK, add up the sum of the parts, deduct 25% and that's the price. Complete bike buyers rarely put full value on such parts mix. If you can provide fully documented provenance of the bike, you could do better to a local collector.

I have found bikes with a parts mix like this can bring 50% or less of the parts, making them serious bargains. Campy bits, Phil Wood, seat post, and barcons all have good value.

On a custom, my guess is that the shifters, bars, stem, and seat post are not original and a collector may look to replacing them with more appropriate vintage parts.

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Already knew that, but since TB punted, anyone else have an opinion?
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Already knew that, but since TB punted, anyone else have an opinion?
$350 to a part out guy, $550 if you can find that right custom bike collector. Wild guess at best.
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That's what I was looking for, thanks!
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Cool!
That's a bike that would interest me (especially as it looks like it could be my size....56cm?), having been a "regular" patron at Rainbow Jersey in Milwaukee in the early to mid 80's, when I was going to College literally right across the street from it. I also had a few classmates that worked at and rode for the Rainbiw Jersey bike team.......
I can blame Rainbow Jersey for giving me the cycling bug, exposing me to quality bikes in a nice small neighborhood scale bike shop that made me and my hounger brother feel welcome (I still have a few things in my stash that I bought from them, way back then...)
Looks like a high quality frameset with delicate looking, compact, short point lugs that were popular to American builders at the time. I wonder if it might have been raced by the shop team and what kind of graphics and paintjob it had, originally.
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Ah, someone else remembers these frames, excellent! Every time I seen a local frame with the white Rainbow Jersey decals on the downtube, I always think about Alan.

It was really a small custom shop in the early days, much like Trek. Have your frame built, pick your parts and off you go. But they didn't have barn space like Trek did!
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