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Old 04-04-15, 03:29 PM
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Anybody recognize this bike?

A fellow C&V enthousiast whom I met recently sent me these pictures of a bike, asking whether I recognize it. I don't. I'm pretty sure the decals don't belong on this frame. It doesn't look like any Union model I've seen before, and the decal on the down tube is clearly a another seat tube decal.

Other than what can be seen in the pictures, the dropouts are Campagnolo and there's a what looks like a serial number on the BB shell: 756

The thing that stands out to me are the cut-outs in the front of the head tube lugs. I don't remember having seen those before.

Any suggestions as to what this could be? Thanks in advance for any pointers.







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Old 04-04-15, 03:49 PM
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UNION (Dutch) Racing Team Replica

This post gives some good info on the Dutch UNION bicycles made in Italy by Gianni Motta at the insistence of the Union Bicycles factory racing team manager, Riny Wagtmans, a then recently retired former team mate of Eddy Merckx.

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Old 04-04-15, 04:42 PM
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Thanks, Stan, but I got me one of those a while back, and this is definitely not one of them. Nor is it one of the Miki-built Unions.

My first thought was that is may be Italian, though. Something like a mid to upper level Atala. However, the serial number suggests a smaller manufacturer.
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Looks pretty decent whatever it is. Don't know if those decals are original though. The ones on the chainstays in particular look a bit too pristine for what seems to be an early 70's frame.
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the dropout looks far to nice for one that needs a claw. Maybe the frame was crashed/trashed and rebuild?
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I think I detect the subtle bump on the DOs that suggest they are GPM, and the lugs look to be Nervex DuBois...the way the headlugs have that single slot cut in the front reminds me of "Benelux" but I'm sure they sometimes did things like this in other countries, too. Nutted brakes, no TT cable guides or shifter bosses but one set of braze-on waterbottle bosses: so maybe mid-to-late 70s?
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Just got some more pictures, and the assurance that no drewing was done to the rear drop-outs.









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Ah! mea culpa: those are NOT GPM DOs, and not even sure about them being Nervex DuBois lugs, but that's all OK since if anything the perceived quality has gone up a tick or 2. Still no idea who made this but the lumpy brazing that APPEARS to be on the stay ends might indicate a production frame. I'd still say "mid quality or higher".
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Campagnolo forged dropouts, cable stop on drive side chain stay, but no integral hangar... Bypassed axle adjuster screws, seat tube graphics on down tube. Repaint and something bad happened to the drive side dropout. Especially if the drive side dropout adjuster bore is filled.
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Ignore the union name, pursue the headlugs and fork crown for clues.
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"Look for the union label
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"Look for the union label
when you are buying that coat, dress or [bike.]"
Guess I'm going through a Union period.
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