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Hailstorm_7 10-14-18 01:28 PM

David Hunter-Inman Bike
 
Does anyone know anything about David Hunter-Inman bicycles? Apologies, but I haven't reached the post threshold to be able to share photos. Anyway, I came across a David Hunter-Inman bike. Appears to be mostly stock. Columbus tubing, though I don't know what type. 27" wheels. Mostly Campagnolo build (980 rear derailleur and--I believe--Valentino front derailleur plus hubs and Record shifters). Fifty-nine cm frame size. Brown with chrome seat- and chainstays. Sugino Super Maxy 52/39 170mm cranks, and six-speed freewheel. Google didn't turn up a damn thing, and thus I would love to know more. I'll do my best to pad replies and eventually be able to share photos. And thanks in advance for the knowledge.

Lascauxcaveman 10-15-18 12:18 AM


Originally Posted by Hailstorm_7 (Post 20615820)
Does anyone know anything about David Hunter-Inman bicycles? Apologies, but I haven't reached the post threshold to be able to share photos. Anyway, I came across a David Hunter-Inman bike. Appears to be mostly stock. Columbus tubing, though I don't know what type. 27" wheels. Mostly Campagnolo build (980 rear derailleur and--I believe--Valentino front derailleur plus hubs and Record shifters). Fifty-nine cm frame size. Brown with chrome seat- and chainstays. Sugino Super Maxy 52/39 170mm cranks, and six-speed freewheel. Google didn't turn up a damn thing, and thus I would love to know more. I'll do my best to pad replies and eventually be able to share photos. And thanks in advance for the knowledge.

Are you in Great Britain? The name makes it sound like a small builder or one-man shop type of thing, which was more common over there back in the day than it was on our side of the pond. The way you describe the components make it sound like it was thrown together with whatever parts someone had on hand. Get yourself up to 10 posts so we can have some pics :)

Hailstorm_7 10-15-18 05:38 AM

I am in the United States, but the gentleman who donated it did mention that it was an English-style frame. There is a Campagnolo sticker alongside the Columbus sticker on the seat tube, so I believe at least some of the Campi parts were intended "stock," although the most recent owner certainly may have swapped components. I will hopefully have pictures soon, especially once it's been cleaned up. Thanks!

Hailstorm_7 10-19-18 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman (Post 20616615)
Are you in Great Britain? The name makes it sound like a small builder or one-man shop type of thing, which was more common over there back in the day than it was on our side of the pond. The way you describe the components make it sound like it was thrown together with whatever parts someone had on hand. Get yourself up to 10 posts so we can have some pics :)

Okay. So, I'm not blond solely for the sake of claiming "blond moments," but I won't often pass up the excuse when needed. "David Hunter-Inman," I've discovered, is not the frame builder but the owner's name and--thus--applied decal. There is no actual branding listed on the frame, but he did mention something about it being built for Performance Bike? Maybe? This would have again been mid-80's. He rattled off some frame builder starting with a C, but I didn't catch it and judging from the way he pronounced Alpe d'Huez it probably wouldn't have been much help anyway.

But, the bike does still have some nice Columbus tubing, and I hope to still throw some pictures up to see if anyone has an idea on the make and whether it's worth some finer components. (I think much of the Campagnolo parts were added after the fact, not stock.) It will be a bit of a restoration project because a) the stem and bars are both very(!) stuck, and b) I will have to track down a new bottom bracket axle of the right length. Anyway, sorry for the false alarm, and thanks for all the help!

p.s. He also dropped off a gorgeous Bianchi Alloro in much better shape, which will hopefully provide a more rewarding project. Matching Silca pump and everything. ;)

Chombi1 10-19-18 10:05 AM

Most likely one the bikes or framesets sold by PBS (Performance a bike Shop), back in the 80's when they were doing business through mail orders from the Chapel Hill, NC location, back in the 80's.
They were well made "contract built" frames from Italy, made with Columbus SL tubing, IIRC.
Well worth restoring and keeping if in decent enough condition. Just will not have the "cachet" of the well known Italian bikes....

Hailstorm_7 10-22-18 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by Chombi1 (Post 20623985)
Most likely one the bikes or framesets sold by PBS (Performance a bike Shop), back in the 80's when they were doing business through mail orders from the Chapel Hill, NC location, back in the 80's.
They were well made "contract built" frames from Italy, made with Columbus SL tubing, IIRC.
Well worth restoring and keeping if in decent enough condition. Just will not have the "cachet" of the well known Italian bikes....

Thank you! It was definitely put aside as a winter project. I'm not ready to abandon it just yet. The Campagnolo dropouts were enough to keep me devoted, even if I couldn't identify the maker.


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