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Falcon Road Bike.....

Old 05-12-20, 06:08 PM
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Falcon Road Bike.....

Have never seen one before. Anyone know of or have had one? Year? Worth? They are asking 275.
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With those graphics, headbadge and, parts that's probably around a 1970 bike ( + or - a couple years ). It's got a cottered crank and, solid nutted rear axle. So, a basic entry level bike. Falcon's were hand made in England. They were "store front window" bikes in the 60's & 70's. Very well finished items that were more expensive & marketed to buyers that wanted something better than an ordinary Raleigh, Peugeot or, Schwinn. They made them in small batches. So, there's not that many around. If it's a working bike with true wheels and everything is in tip top shape then, $275 is probably a reasonable price.
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Circa 1974 mid-range model with Reynolds 531 plain gauge main tubes. OEM Campagnolo derailleurs have been replaced. It has aluminum rims but they're 27" and crankset is a cottered, steel verision. Reputable, mid-sized UK manufacturer that was well established in UK racing scene and had the license to manufacture Eddy Merckx bicycles at the time of the subject bicycle. If you want a British bicycle of this era, this is a good choice. It's roughly equivalent to a Raleigh Super Course of the same era.

However, at that price I'd probably be looking for a lower mid-range model from the mid-1980s. You can pick up something Japanese manufactured that will be better performing, lighter and have 700C wheels.
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I have owned a few similar, if not identical, Falcons. I spent time riding one and found the ride quality to be a bit less than I liked. The ride was good, mind you, but not up to the standards of what I prefer.

Were I interested in the OP's Falcon, and it is nice, I would not be too uncomfortable paying $275 (Canadian, US, Euro, Yen, Pound..?). That said, and without knowing where you and the bike are located, is a bit of a pricing drawback. Some vintage bike markets are very strong some so weak that you can't give a vintage bike away. So, where do you live?

In a nutshell, had that bike showed up a few weeks ago, I would have made an attempt to buy it. Lucky for me, something else showed up then, and I snapped it up right away. Working on that find today - I hope.
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...they make great sport touring bicycles, with a longer wheel base, 531 unbutted frame tubing, attachment points for fenders, and the center pull brakes that were typical of a certain era. I thought enough of this one to pay to have it powdercoated and to stick some updated wheels on it. That one is in miraculous cosmetic condition, so that must be worth something. And yes, they did offer a similar Eddy Merckx model, as stated. I think the statement about how it is the Falcon equivalent of a Raleigh Supercourse says what you need to know.

If you google up some of the threads where people comment on those, you'll get some ideas of how highly regarded they are by many (but not all) enthusiasts. I like the bird's mouth lugs they used on these.
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Thanks for the replies!
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Looks like a museum piece. You hardly ever see bikes in this condition.

But it's not quite what I consider mid-level, especially with those rims. They look like steel.

At $275, I would pass. Falcon made some great mid-level and upper-level bikes, but this isn't quite one.
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Old 05-15-20, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Looks like a museum piece. You hardly ever see bikes in this condition.

But it's not quite what I consider mid-level, especially with those rims. They look like steel.

At $275, I would pass. Falcon made some great mid-level and upper-level bikes, but this isn't quite one.
ya know, we sold Falcons long ago, this was one of the bikes that did not have the "spec" of the Japanese products but did ride better.
If the customer noticed, they selected this. If they did not, they selected a Nishiki.
both decent, but different.
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ok, thanks. What would be a fair offer?
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ok, thanks. What would be a fair offer?
What type of riding will you be doing on the bike?
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Local riding, errands, beach ...maybe 20 mile rides. Would probably like to put some fenders on, a rack...like a touring bike maybe.
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Local riding, errands, beach ...maybe 20 mile rides. Would probably like to put some fenders on, a rack...like a touring bike maybe.
For around $200.00 you could get a much better Japanese bike. Alloy rims, cotterless crank, light weight, 700C wheels, these features are standard in later model bikes. They will also be easier than the Falcon to repair.
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Old 05-15-20, 09:26 PM
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ok, thanks for the info...will keep on looking.
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If that Falcon is your size I'd make an offer on it. Hard to find bikes of that age in that nice of condition. I see a 531 decal, main tubes, really cool lugs. The graphics are over the top and the metallic green is classic English. And its already got a Brooks saddle....thats $100 right there.
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Was going to check out.....sold! Oh well.....not the first time!
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