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CA 1979 Dennis Sparrow

1979 Dennis Sparrow with full Nuovo/Super Record components. 57cm center to center, seat and top tubes. 83cm standover height.

Dennis Sparrow built out of Missoula, Montana from approximately 1975 to 1980. Apparently he did not build in great numbers; I myself have only ever seen three others. Mine is the only race frame I've seen - the others have all been touring rigs.

This particular bike is featured on the Dennis Sparrow page on Classic Rendezvous' USA Builders page: Dennis Sparrow main



Build specifics:

Derailleurs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record front and rear
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record with Record bottom bracket, English thread
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri with steel spindles/black anodized alloy cages/medium Campagnolo alloy toeclips/Alfredo Binda leather toe straps
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record
Saddle: Concor Profil - can substitute either a Concor Supercorsa or 3ttt Criterium if buyer prefers
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem/Bar: Cinelli 1R, black anodized/Cinelli Campione del Mondo
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record with Kool Stop orange pad inserts (barely worn)
Wheelset: Campagnolo Record 36h low flange hubs/DT double-butted spokes/Mavic MA3 rims/Wolber SL 19 Coton clincher tires
Freewheel: Regina Oro 5-speed
Chain: Sedisport

Vintage Campagnolo grey brake cable housing, Campagnolo seatpost binder bolt and black cloth Tressostar bar tape round out the build. Frame has small nicks/scratches in paint expected of a bike of this vintage. Overall presents beautifully and the ride is the icing on the cake.

Detail pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/303310...57625439796764

$1200 plus shipping. I haven't shipped a bike in a long while, but will be looking into something like Bike Flights to ensure this gets to you in one piece with no additional nicks/scratches

DD

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You thinning down the herd or making room for another? Great looking bike DD!
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I thought this was your keeper? Colnagos must have captured your heart, senior chief, I dearly wish I had the coins to buy this one, its fantastic.

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Man, if I had $1200... That is one stunning bike.
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Wish I had the height and coin. If I had the height, I'd try to find the coin.
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Orange bike season is upon us and that's one fine specimen!
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Originally Posted by Henry III
You thinning down the herd or making room for another? Great looking bike DD!
Thinning the herd, starting with bikes that get ridden rarely. This one just doesn't get much love, so...

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
I thought this was your keeper? Colnagos must have captured your heart, senior chief, I dearly wish I had the coins to buy this one, its fantastic.

Bill
Oh, no - this would be my keeper, Bill:



Plus, I have three orange bikes. That's one (maybe two) too many

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Thanks for the nice compliments, guys. I finally decided I could/would break the bike down and ship if I can't sell it locally. I suppose the next step may be listing on Ebay... We'll see.

I just don't need seven bikes any more. I only need two - well, maybe three. So guess what? Somebody else gets them. In a perfect world, I could flog them all to BF C&V members; that way they'd still be "in the family", as it were

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Wow, Jeff!
Some lucky new owner is going to be thrilled. Outstanding photo album and description documenting this one. Consider too the rarity of it and US made.

Always learning and curious, but what do you know of the tubing?
Good luck in the sale ~
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[MENTION=168558]Drillium Dude[/MENTION] needs to make room for a classic French touring bike, now.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict
Wow, Jeff!
Some lucky new owner is going to be thrilled. Outstanding photo album and description documenting this one. Consider too the rarity of it and US made.

Always learning and curious, but what do you know of the tubing?
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Thank you - I completely agree

I don't know what the tubing is - and I've had the fork out to install the HS, too. I can't recall if I saw a Columbus stamp on the steerer and have subsequently forgotten. I am assuming it's SL or 531, though - it is very light.

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
@Drillium Dude needs to make room for a classic French touring bike, now.
Ha ha - well, maybe one day, but that day isn't today

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the color, the seatpost, the handlebar tape... OMG-almost a beaut. Thankfully its not my size!
btw, is the quill original? seems little out of place in that beautiful set.

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Originally Posted by shrimp123
the color, the seatpost, the handlebar tape... OMG-almost a beaut. Thankfully its not my size!
btw, is the quill original? seems little out of place in that beautiful set.

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Thank you - though I kinda wish it was your size

The stem is a 1R, definitely available in 1979. Choices were black or silver anodized for quite some time, but I'm not sure when black first became available. I think you're right - it should be silver, but what the hey. Hopefully all the other black accenting leads to it!

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Just FYI, bike flights does not use some special, careful method for shipping bikes. They are a broker, and the bike goes Fed Ex (at least, everything I have ever shipped with Bike Flights went Fed Ex). So they are no better, or worse, than Fed Ex. Now in my experience, Fed Ex is the best, and UPS is the worst. So I am glad they are not using UPS!

What they do provide are attractive rates! I have a Fed Ex commercial account, yet bike flights is cheaper. I personally think bike flights is "building scale" right now. IMHO, their rates will eventually creep up. Until then, they are the best deal out there.
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Did you ever sell your Sparrow? Just wondering. I also own a '79 Sparrow (NFS).
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Did you ever sell your Sparrow? Just wondering. I also own a '79 Sparrow (NFS).
DD isn't participating here right now, I can say that he still has his Sparrow, and plans to keep it. Its in his regular rotation.

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DD isn't participating here right now, I can say that he still has his Sparrow, and plans to keep it. Its in his regular rotation.

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