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Old 09-15-17, 06:10 PM
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Is there a way to verify a Colin Laing bicycle?

I don't know much about these bikes and my friend is planning on giving me one this weekend but I was wondering is there is a way to verify a Colin Laing bicycle. I don't know if he left like a signature mark on the bike?
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Old 11-20-17, 06:44 PM
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You can post photo's and I could probably tell you if Dad made the bike
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Originally Posted by selaing View Post
You can post photo's and I could probably tell you if Dad made the bike
Heh. Well there's a way!
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Colian Tandem bike

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You can post photo's and I could probably tell you if Dad made the bike
I just picked up a white/yellow/orange tandem bike that has Colian brand decals on it. While trying to find parts for it, I've discovered that Mr. Laing is a rather interesting man and I have also discovered that this bike seems not to exist. Can you help me out? I'm new to this forum, so please forgive any violations that I have committed.
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Originally Posted by Blujenz14 View Post
I just picked up a white/yellow/orange tandem bike that has Colian brand decals on it. While trying to find parts for it, I've discovered that Mr. Laing is a rather interesting man and I have also discovered that this bike seems not to exist. Can you help me out? I'm new to this forum, so please forgive any violations that I have committed.
You'll need to post more if you want to include photos.
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Old 02-11-18, 08:03 AM
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My Colian and Colin Laing exist and are superb, there is a beautiful Colian Reynolds 531 blue/silver fade on the Tucson Craig's List at this moment.
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Old 02-11-18, 09:32 AM
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You'll need to post more if you want to include photos.
I have no idea how many posts I have to have before I can submit photos. I just want to know if this bike should be in the hands of a professional, or if I can just enjoy it.
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You need ten posts before you can post photos, but even if you want to 'just enjoy it', you will find out that photos are much appreciated here!
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Originally Posted by TheMightySpork View Post
You need ten posts before you can post photos, but even if you want to 'just enjoy it', you will find out that photos are much appreciated here!
I will gladly post pics of it as soon as Iím allowed to!
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Thank you! The C & V people love seeing photos.
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I will gladly post pics of it as soon as Iím allowed to!
I think you can post pics directly from your computer. the 10 post limit applies to external links.
Or just make a few more posts.
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Once I see the photo, I can tell you if my Dad made the tandem etc, and also tell you about when it was made....
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Please forgive the messy garage/workshop/storage area!! Here are the pictures of my new find.
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i can say Dad made this tandem between 1986 and 1992. During that time, he worked at Tempe Bike shop, then opened his own shop.
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Originally Posted by selaing View Post
i can say Dad made this tandem between 1986 and 1992. During that time, he worked at Tempe Bike shop, then opened his own shop.
There you go.
You don't get much better authority than that!
Thanks selaing.

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i can say Dad made this tandem between 1986 and 1992. During that time, he worked at Tempe Bike shop, then opened his own shop.
Stuart,

Thank you so much for your time and information. I've spoken to Ian as well and I offered to bike to your family to place in your "museum", if you guys want it. If not, I'll ride it as long as it'll hold my fat butt!! Guessing by the Reynold 531 decals, and the fact that it's a custom made bike, I'm guessing that it'll hold up, and hold its value, longer than I will!!
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My father handbuilt all the frames he made over his lifetime. Never used a table jig at all... free standing etc, the old fashion way taught by the 3 Taylor Brothers.
We don't have a museum of bikes my Dad built. In fact, I only have two of his left in the family as we sold most all of the other ones. If I was you, I would use it and ride it for many years to come. I would say you have a lot of life left in that frame.
Really glad to hear you spoke with my brother too - he is continuing the family frame building under his own name.
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My father handbuilt all the frames he made over his lifetime. Never used a table jig at all... free standing etc, the old fashion way taught by the 3 Taylor Brothers.
We don't have a museum of bikes my Dad built. In fact, I only have two of his left in the family as we sold most all of the other ones. If I was you, I would use it and ride it for many years to come. I would say you have a lot of life left in that frame.
Really glad to hear you spoke with my brother too - he is continuing the family frame building under his own name.
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Stuart,

I greatly appreciate all of your time and the information that you have given me. If I may ask, is there a Serial Number somewhere on these bikes, and is there any type of production numbers available anywhere? While trying to figure out what I had purchased, and then finding info on you and your family, I canít find much info. Do you have any information as to how many tandems were built under the COLIAN brand name?
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In the old days, he would stamp a number on the bottom bracket of each bike. That number was kept in a brown book - frame number, size, model and customer name. When Dad moved back to England in 1992, he sold the shop. I thought I had grabbed the book and put it in my house. I have since moved 3 times, and tried to find the book and have not. So to tell you anything about how old, who made for, how many made since at this time, I cannot. I really can tell from the stickers we got those from England during my trip in 1990. So probably during that time frame this bike was made.
During the 1990's until he retired, he mostly made road frames. Maybe 10-30 more were tandems, a couple of mountain bike frames etc.
I would just ride the bike and enjoy it.
hope this note helps a bit.
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For tandems, in the old days again, he used to handwrite the name of the customer on the boob tube. I don't see that on your photo.
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Stuart,
I snapped a few more pics for you to check out. I have NO idea what that purple is. I'm hoping that can get it off without damaging the original finish.
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Old 03-05-18, 10:37 AM
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On the old photo's, I don't see any purple. If you are saying the frame has some purple paint on it, it is the name of the person on the toptube? The old names of the people on the boob tube? If so, those were hand painted after the main frame current with model paint. You could strip that off with some thinner, but be careful not to take the full finish off.

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Thread resurrection!

I have also recently come into owning a vintage Colian...and I, too, can verify that tri-color Tandem frameset as being 100% authentic.
I was the Asst. Mgr of the Tempe Bike in the Warehouse on University next to the train tracks in the early 90's and remember seeing
that bike displayed everyday coming into work. I'm not sure if Colin or Ian would remember me, but I was there when Alan Brown was
managing the place.

I"ll post pics of my ride when I get home from work, but it's great to be here on BF and re-connected with that part of my life again.

-=S=-
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Old 04-15-19, 02:16 PM
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My COLIAN



This is how I got it on 600 hubset a 105 rdrl and






Iím first going to complete the Suntour Cyclone groupset (except for the 600 hubs) and bump up the shifters to Accushift, which is in line with the vintage.

One thing of note: most frequently, itís the owner/clientís name on the top tube...but this is Colinís name. Any possibility that this may have been his personal bike, or did he paint his own name on other frames?
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