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Old 07-17-20, 09:35 AM
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Falcon road bike

I picked up an old falcon road bike recently to repair and resell. didnt know anything about it, but i figured for $5 it was at least good for parts. on looking around online for falcon bikes, it seems it may actually be worth a bit once redone depending on where in their line it comes from. anyone know?

also, its missing the back wheel, so ill need a new one. the front one has no size markings on it, though. i would guess maybe 27", but anyone know for sure? looks to be in pretty good condition other than the wheel and seat.

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It's probably 27". The front brake pad is at the top of its reach, so a 700c rim will likely work there. That's usually not the case for the rear, though -- they tend to require longer reach calipers.

I would guess this frame is lower mid-level with some nicer components. Hard to tell from the non drive side pic.

Should be a fun flip project. Paint looks to be excellent, so you shouldn't have difficulties selling, given you've done your work and it's ready to ride.
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Worth $5 all day long even without a rear wheel. Craigslist is a good source of inexpensive wheels.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
It's probably 27". The front brake pad is at the top of its reach, so a 700c rim will likely work there. That's usually not the case for the rear, though -- they tend to require longer reach calipers.

I would guess this frame is lower mid-level with some nicer components. Hard to tell from the non drive side pic.

Should be a fun flip project. Paint looks to be excellent, so you shouldn't have difficulties selling, given you've done your work and it's ready to ride.
cool. and yeah, i fix em up ready to ride. how should i price once fixed? 100? 200? 300? heres a couple drive side pics.


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Worth $5 all day long even without a rear wheel. Craigslist is a good source of inexpensive wheels.
oh yeah. i got 2 bikes cheap from the same guy, seperately. the first was a trek, he had me come in and take a look at it, although i knew i was probably gonna take it regardless, was only $15. this one i told him to just bring it out...

(the trek was mostly just rusty, and some spokes had rusted through and snapped. another $25 on a new chain and spokes, and i was able to clean it up and resell for 180.)
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Post pics after it's ready to ride and let us know your location and choice of online marketplace. Only then can we give you an estimate.
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Post pics after it's ready to ride and let us know your location and choice of online marketplace. Only then can we give you an estimate.
ok, thanks.
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Retfor , it's a low-end Falcon. The mid level frames of that era had wrap-around seat stays and forged fork crowns. Pull the seat-post and run your finger inside the seat-tube, you should feel a vertical seam.

Find yourself any 27" wheel for the rear, get it running and sell for $125.00 as is.

If you do a complete mechanical overhaul, i.e.

repack the headset, bottom bracket and hubs
new brake and derailleur cables,
new brake pads
true and properly tension the wheels
new tubes and tires
soak and clean the chain and freewheel


you could get $175.00 for it


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Old 07-22-20, 10:32 PM
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appears to be the bottom of the range in road models, the Black Diamond, from the early 1970's

looks to be all original save for its front mech

you may be able to get a specific date from the Simplex Prestige rear mech as here:




the cycle's model of Simplex Prestige shift lever set first appears on bicycles in 1971. so if taken to be original to the machine it cannot be of an earlier date.

some of the features for the Black Diamond model at this epoch include:

welded crown

no chrome

cottered steel chainset where outer chainwheel is swaged to arm

five-piece steel solid axle hubs

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btw, it looks like one of the derailleur pulleys is broken. If it were mine, I'd look for a cheap Shimano or Suntour derailleur to replace it.
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the left Cyclo droput has been opened by a few degrees

you might wish to have a go at bringing it back into alignment

the loop end of an adjustable spanner usually works fine for this


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