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Old 05-14-17, 05:29 PM
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Quality without quantity

I would like to see pics of bikes that were not made in large quantities but do display quality workmanship. @francophile's thread on his recently-acquired Cecil Behringer got me thinking: I haven't seen a thread that highlights bikes/frames from builders that are not necessarily obscure, but simply didn't turn out big numbers.

Well, maybe it's because of that they are a little obscure. So, let's out them

My only example would be the '79 Dennis Sparrow. I've only seen two other bikes by him, both were touring frames. It's my understanding he only built from '75 to '80 - the most obvious reason there are not that many of them. I'd say it's a pretty high-quality build, though the rather severe way he raked the fork has still not grown on me ever since acquiring the frame/fork in late 2010.

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Have you a bike/frameset that fits the theme? Please share.

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This is most of what I own, but my photos are not very good. I like this Pete Matthews that jervine helped me procure...






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I will take you up on another opportunity to again post what imho are very fine examples of which you speak.



TW189 from 1979.

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Keith Lippy made some nice frames.
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You gentlemen own some seriously beautiful works of craftsmanship and bicycle art.

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And JM027 Jim Merz that was his personal bike.

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Keith Lippy made some nice frames.
Yes he did as did many of them, American craftsmanship at its finest and very hard to beat.
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More excuses to post Chris Kvale lugs...



Speaking of Lippy, there's an intriguing one on the Minneapolis CL.


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/d...127540343.html
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A Zullo Criterium. Crimped tubing, flat black "rough" finish, vertical dropouts, engraved head badge. Tiziana Zullo is still making fantastic frames.









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@Drillium Dude no tit-for-tat intended, but I've always drooled over your Sparrow any time I see it. That is one of the most perfect rides I've ever seen.

I'll drop "before" pics of the Behringer here just to keep them in a central place. Low-res because that's what the forum does to stuff...





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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
I'll drop "before" pics of the Behringer here just to keep them in a central place...
I am hoping for "after" pics in the not-too-distant future

Thanks for the nice comment on the Sparrow. You have a frame there that easily matches/exceeds it.

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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I will take you up on another opportunity to again post what imho are very fine examples of which you speak.



TW189 from 1979.
Promise, I'm not being willfully obtuse: who is the builder of this beauty?

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Originally Posted by toavii View Post
More excuses to post Chris Kvale lugs...



Speaking of Lippy, there's an intriguing one on the Minneapolis CL.


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/d...127540343.html
Both excellent examples. I love the seat binder job on the Lippy.

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Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
A Zullo Criterium. Crimped tubing, flat black "rough" finish, vertical dropouts, engraved head badge. Tiziana Zullo is still making fantastic frames.
I'd say Zullo was a volume builder. Maybe not on a par with Colnago in output, but well up there.

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Oh, and a plug for CR - excellent long-standing index with a gaggle of US builders who should probably find representation in this thread: USA Classics, main
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
This is most of what I own...
You know, when I was ready to go active on the thread, I thought you might be the first to post, putting up 10 pics in a row, probably for three posts

You do have quite the collection of rare, low-number, quality bikes.

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As for low quantities, I'll offer up my Anderson and my newer to me Appel. The Anderson is still a dream bike, and the Appel is from the late 80's and a no-nonsense racing frame with obvious quality throughout without being splashy. To my knowledge, Appel made maybe 200 or so frames under his own label.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
You know, when I was ready to go active on the thread, I thought you might be the first to post, putting up 10 pics in a row, probably for three posts

You do have quite the collection of rare, low-number, quality bikes.

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Ha! I do like the odd balls.
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Beautiful bike.

Very nice man as well.

His bikes are some of my all-time favorite riders ever.

Originally Posted by BlueDevil63 View Post
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
As for low quantities, I'll offer up my Anderson and my newer to me Appel. The Anderson is still a dream bike, and the Appel is from the late 80's and a no-nonsense racing frame with obvious quality throughout without being splashy. To my knowledge, Appel made maybe 200 or so frames under his own label.

An Appel!!!!

I missed this one.

It looks fantastic.
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EL-OS with rack provisions.

Fantastic rider.

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McLean Fonvielle

Defines the term "quality vs. quantity."

Made some tweaks since this shot, but you get the idea.

In fact, I though I had it sold to a fellow in France, but she's still here.

Maybe that's the way it should stay.

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McLean Fonvielle

Defines the term "quality vs. quantity."

Made some tweaks since this shot, but you get the idea.

In fact, I though I had it sold to a fellow in France, but she's still here.

Maybe that's the way it should stay.

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I figured this would turn up. A beauty!
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Originally Posted by toavii View Post
More excuses to post Chris Kvale lugs...



Speaking of Lippy, there's an intriguing one on the Minneapolis CL.


https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/d...127540343.html
Nice one. Lippy frames should really be much more highly valued IMO. I hope somebody snatches that one up.

That sort of fastback seat cluster treatment was popular with California builders in the late 70s. I think Peter Johnson and Tom Ritchey used to do something very similar. The Lippy is arguably more elegant though.
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