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16-speed Thin Blue Line... ?

Old 06-20-20, 04:04 PM
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16-speed Thin Blue Line... ?

With years of flipping I thought I had seen almost everything, but a neighbour dug out this old 16-speed Thin Blue Line "Bolt" complete with a cute little lightning bolt beside the name.

Nice points: It doesn't look like much has been fooled with.
Mavic Open Pro SUP wheels.
Shimano 600 172.5mm alloy crank set.
Shimano SG 42 /53 teeth allot chainrings.
Shimano HyperGlide 8-sprocket cassette.
Shimano 600 alloy hubs.
Shimano 600 Front derailleur.
Shimano 600 rear derailleur
Shimano 600 front brake calliper
Shimano 600 rear brake calliper.
Shimano 600 head set.
Shimano 600 brifters that actually work (!!)
Cinelli alloy stem.
Cinelli alloy handlebars.

And to hold it together a Ritchey Logic Super Tubing frame with forged Ritchey lugs and a Presige Tange sticker.
$75 Canadian about $50 US.
Any idea of how old this relic is ??






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Binky No idea of age.
But, all 600 with brifters and $75 loonies?,
Sleep well tonight that's some serious score for minimal coin.

Just wondering if the "Thin Blue Line" sticker might've been Silent Sports out of Thornhill house brand? I think they make/made expensive mountain bikes...
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Binky No idea of age.
But, all 600 with brifters and $75 loonies?,
Sleep well tonight that's some serious score for minimal coin.

Just wondering if the "Thin Blue Line" sticker might've been Silent Sports out of Thornhill house brand? I think they make/made expensive mountain bikes...
No doubt: The picture with the Ritchey Logic sticker shows "Silent Sports" printed on the seat stays. I found the name on some good-looking off-road bikes but not much in the way of road

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No doubt: The picture with the Ritchey Logic sticker shows "Silent Sports" printed on the seat stays.

LOL! Didn't even see that.

Still great looking bike and if half as good as their other bikes you'll be a happy man
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Yes, Thin Blue Line was the house brand for Silent Sports from Thornhill, though during the era of this bicycle, they also had stores in Toronto and Missisauga. The model name is actually Lightning Bolt. The presence of 600 Ultegra with brifers and dual pivot calipers places it 1992-1999 but the presence of the Ritchey Logic sticker places it no earlier than 1993, as the 1992 World Championships were held in late September at Bromont. At the other end of the timeline, this model evolved into a dedicated traiathlon bicycle with 650C wheels for 1997. Consequently, it should be 1993-1996. We may be able to narrow that down a bit from the serial number. Given the era, this should have been manufactured in-house. Original MSRP would have been around $1500-$1750, depending on the exact year, so you got a fantastic deal, especially considering your locale.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Yes, Thin Blue Line was the house brand for Silent Sports from Thornhill, though during the era of this bicycle, they also had stores in Toronto and Missisauga. The model name is actually Lightning Bolt. The presence of 600 Ultegra with brifers and dual pivot calipers places it 1992-1999 but the presence of the Ritchey Logic sticker places it no earlier than 1993, as the 1992 World Championships were held in late September at Bromont. At the other end of the timeline, this model evolved into a dedicated traiathlon bicycle with 650C wheels for 1997. Consequently, it should be 1993-1996. We may be able to narrow that down a bit from the serial number. Given the era, this should have been manufactured in-house. Original MSRP would have been around $1500-$1750, depending on the exact year, so you got a fantastic deal, especially considering your locale.

Wow !!!
Thanks for dropping in.
The guy I got it from said that it "cost a lot" when he bought it, but I hear that so often that I really didn't take it in.
With the Covid-19 thing happening, I have been doing a lot less flipping and a lot more riding, but I'm glad that the one-and-only road bike I picked up this month is a winner.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Yes, Thin Blue Line was the house brand for Silent Sports from Thornhill, though during the era of this bicycle, they also had stores in Toronto and Missisauga. The model name is actually Lightning Bolt. The presence of 600 Ultegra with brifers and dual pivot calipers places it 1992-1999 but the presence of the Ritchey Logic sticker places it no earlier than 1993, as the 1992 World Championships were held in late September at Bromont. At the other end of the timeline, this model evolved into a dedicated traiathlon bicycle with 650C wheels for 1997. Consequently, it should be 1993-1996. We may be able to narrow that down a bit from the serial number. Given the era, this should have been manufactured in-house. Original MSRP would have been around $1500-$1750, depending on the exact year, so you got a fantastic deal, especially considering your locale.
Any idea who built this frame T-Mar?

Some of the details are pretty nice and it looks like the rear drops are Henry James lugs?

And that fork crown is quite nice too....much nicer than the typical unicrown of the era.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Any idea who built this frame T-Mar?

Some of the details are pretty nice and it looks like the rear drops are Henry James lugs?

And that fork crown is quite nice too....much nicer than the typical unicrown of the era.
I rode it twice today and it is harsh but fair. In fact, it is delightful. The brifters actually work. The 700 X 23C Hutchinson tires are in nice condition, but the seller warned me that the rear tube is not 100%: Gets soft after a few days of sitting.
The rear lugs are quite small, and each of them sculpted with a socket for the quick release skewer and each of them has a tiny emblem or insignia facing back that is difficult to make out because the enamel paint is very thick but it looks like the TR "Tom Ritchey" logo.
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Hmmmmmm, very interesting. Definitely Ritchey rear dropouts and the fastback seat stays sure do remind me of the Ritchey Road Logic frame....
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Check out this Ebay auction

Pretty close aside from the fork crown and decals


https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAG...-/282629664174




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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Check out this Ebay auction

Pretty close aside from the fork crown and decals


https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAG...-/282629664174




VERY similar.
This Thin Blue Line is actually a pretty nice bike !
I won't let the kids take it to Toronto...
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Are the fork ends also Ritchey?
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Are the fork ends also Ritchey?

I'm not sure what the deal is with the forks.
There is a collared socket on each where the quick release snugs up and bottoms ... just like the rear drop outs, but they are THICK, white like cast aluminum, and the entire forks are non-magnetic.

Maybe magnauseum ? (sick magnesium)

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