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Alpine - Washington, D.C. ... my new custom

Old 05-15-18, 07:30 AM
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Alpine - Washington, D.C. ... my new custom

So I recently was offered to trade a vintage BMX bike ('88 Haro Sport freestyler) that I did not want for an Alpine road bike.
I didn't know much about the road bike except that it was 58cm, red, made of Columbus SL tubing, and had all Campagnolo Nuovo Record components.

So... I did some research on Alpine Cycles of Washington, D.C. and here's what I found... but first, some pictures!


















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I found a few references, by searching Alpine cycles and Fred Kelly. The guy I traded with owns Velocity bike co-op in Del Ray (Alexandria) here in the DC region, and knows his wife. I'm not sure if Fred Kelly is still around.

This article in Handbuilt Bicycle News sums it up best:
Fred Kelley and Alpine Cycles were a Washington, D.C. institution for much of the 1980s. A racer himself, and a former Maryland State Time Trial Champion, Kelley was a self-starter who shadowed Tom Kellogg for a while before setting up his own frame building and paint shop. He quickly gained a following amongst the many local D.C. area cyclists, and he remarked in a 1987 interview in The Washington Post that he was one of the few frame builders he knew of that “owns his own home and drives a new car.”
and it's a gorgeous bike, too: linky

Then Bob Hufford posted on MTBR forums back in '06:
From the CR list:

"Alpine Cycles were a product of Georgetown Cycle and Sport. I believe Alpine might have been started and then GC&S bought them. They were located between Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland in Congressional. Danny Wagner gave us a frame as a prize for a road race that our resort sponsored. It was one of their early frames and left a lot to be desired. The quality and workmanship took a steep climb in a short period of time. There were several folks that worked on the frames during that period....I am not mistaken Danny sold off Alpine Cycles when GC&S closed its doors in I believe in the late '80's or
so.."

"Alpine, Built by Fred Kelly, early to mid 1980s, in the Washington DC area.
Fred Kelly consulted Tom Kellogg when he first started his business. Consequently, Alpine frames have a similar look to early Tom Kellogg frames. Very clean workmanship."

" These were very nice frames built in D.C. or nearby Rockville, Maryland during the '70s through the mid to late 1980s. I don't recall the original frame builder's name but eventually the owner and lead builder was a fellow named Fred Kelly.
You still see a number of them in the D.C. area and every one I've seen (a couple of dozen frames) was nicely made. I've borrowed a couple for test rides and found that their good reputation was well founded.
By the way, in those days if you took a frame into Mel Pinto's shop for a frame repair, it was sent out to Alpine."

Bob Hufford
Springfield, MO
Then there are a number of articles discussing the early years of the Alpine brand, pre- Fred Kelly ownership. A bunch of them are on BikeForums. I'm not going to parse through these since I've tried to integrate the critical info into the post.
Alpine Cycles 1986
Alpine/ Georgetown Cycles frameset info?
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...173-print.html

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There is another Alpine for sale locally on Craigslist. When I first started looking into this trade, I pulled up that ad for reference. At that time it was listed for $500, now the price has gone up to $750.
Ad text:
"Selling my like new original owner Alpine road bike. Barely ridden. Seat tube measures 23"
Asking $775 Cash only, no trades. Located in Falls Church, VA."




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Columbus SL, Campy NR, Red = What's NOT to love about this bike!
Hope it fits like a glove.
Fred Kelly must have been Swiss is my guess.
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So my bike has a few paint chips and touch-ups, some of which didn't look that great. One of the touch ups (I'd asked, it was prior to Velocity co-op refresh) on the tt had a teeny chip out of the bottom and I thought I could see rust at the bottom of the chip. I took my fingernail and...


there are a few other spots where the paint is bubbling that I think I'll have to take down, treat with naval jelly or some other rust converter, and re-apply testors model paint.

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A friend of mine was an apprentice in the Alpine shop in the early 80's. He has two bikes (a nuovo record road bike, and a mostly nuovo record track bike) that he built himself at that shop-- the only two frames he ever built completely by himself, though he worked on others. They are beautifully made, which says more about his teacher than about my friend himself.

I think @photogravity has one as well... beautifully made frame (though his has a questionable late 80's color scheme).
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photogravity's thread is here... and I'm glad mine is a sensible red. For reference:
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OP, I hate to revive a dead post, but if you still have your lovely Alpine could you share the serial number? I used to have a mystery bike that looks VERY similar to yours and it's been somewhat of an obsession trying to figure out what I had. I posted on the forums way back in 2014 with little luck. Here is an album of my old bike (I regret selling it) https://imgur.com/a/SfGIP.
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