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Old 06-04-19, 05:42 PM
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An Appel a day...

Got my Appel on the road for the first time this year after getting it cleaned up. I wanted to take a few pictures before the white bar tape gets dirty. The twilight messes with the colors a bit. The bike is much redder than the pictures show. It looks more orange in the pics. The white bar tape really pops in person too (that should last about a week). I am really pleased with this bike.














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As found late last summer...the wheels, while still Shimano 600, were off a Specialized Allez. The Appel tires were dry rotted. Even though it was dirty and needed attention, I still wanted to give it a spin last year. Looking at my close up pics above, I need to go over the lugs again and get the last of the crud from the frame. I think red bikes might be faster...

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Nice looking bike Shrevvy , the red and white looks good . The black hoods are a nice contrast . Never heard of a Apple , info ?
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Nice Appel. I really like mine.



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Nice looking bike Shrevvy , the red and white looks good . The black hoods are a nice contrast . Never heard of a Apple , info ?
Mike Appel was one of the early Trek frame builders before going out on his own (there is a great pic of Mike and Dick Nolan on the front page of vintage-trek.com). I don’t think he made very many frames under his own brand. @JohnDThompson could probably tell a lot more.
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Nice Appel. I really like mine.
Very nice. I saw an earlier frame than mine in yellow, which looked great. Mine is dated 8-18-86 on the bottom bracket. Does yours have a date?
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Very nice. I saw an earlier frame than mine in yellow, which looked great. Mine is dated 8-18-86 on the bottom bracket. Does yours have a date?
Mine is 3-15-89

It’s what is referred to as a “limited production” model. Apparently with fewer options than the full custom frames, but a fantastic riding bike nonetheless.
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Mine says 10 1995, so Mike seems to have built at least a few frames over a longer period of time. Do yours have the "M.Appel" signature sticker on the top tube?

Red *is* faster. of course it is!








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Sweet bike!
It doesn't suck, that's for sure. Makes me want fruit...

Need to get a Strawberry to go with it.
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The metalwork on that frame is GORGEOUS!!
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Here are some pictures I took at an exhibit of Appel's work at the Cronometro shop in Madison WI a couple years ago:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/appel
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
Mine says 10 1995, so Mike seems to have built at least a few frames over a longer period of time. Do yours have the "M.Appel" signature sticker on the top tube?

Red *is* faster. of course it is!








Lovely bike!! The awesome (and rare) Assos crankset is fine icing on the......pie!
A example from a great Amercan builder from the golden bike era of the 80's!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
It doesn't suck, that's for sure. Makes me want fruit...

Need to get a Strawberry to go with it.
I was on the verge of making apple/fruit puns- but didn’t want to drag this off kilter.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Here are some pictures I took at an exhibit of Appel's work at the Cronometro shop in Madison WI a couple years ago:

http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/appel
Dang, was Mike there? I wish I'd known about this.

It'd be fun to tell him about @martl's bike; he'd be pleased to see one of his works made it across the pond.

Little-known physics fact - red is not actually faster. It just makes everything else in the universe move slower relatively.

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Dang, was Mike there? I wish I'd known about this.
No, he wasn't there when I saw the exhibit.

It'd be fun to tell him about @martl's bike; he'd be pleased to see one of his works made it across the pond.
I believe @martl is Martin Appel. I gave Martin some information about Mike when he bought the bike several years ago. He was amused that it shared the same surname with him. And I told Mike about Martin's purchase and the bike going overseas when I saw Mike at the Cronometro swap later that year.
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+1; I found Martin's bike on classicrendezvous, and it looks to be the same.

Something tells me that if the two M. Appels spent enough time on ancestry.com.......
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thanks for the kind words viz my bike, i do think the other two are stunning as well. MA is a builder who seems to have delivered work on a constant perfectionist level regarding the lugwork, the brazin, and the paint (not to be neglected) few others have done.
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+1; I found Martin's bike on classicrendezvous, and it looks to be the same.
Something tells me that if the two M. Appels spent enough time on ancestry.com.......
Yes, its the same; i've been on the cr mailinglist for a long time now and i sometimes sent Dale a few pics. I'm mostly lurking these days, though. I think one of my other bikes may be on the website, too, the Automoto. The list has been incredibly helpful, and it is actually where i found the Appel, which was on my bucketlist a long time because of the quality, the understatement and of course the name
No shared ancestry that i would know of, though. Some relative of mine migrated to the US in the early 1900s, but to California and they are all accounted for; no framebuilder among them, alas. The name isn't all too uncommon over here, it sems to be from the german/czechian/poland border region, and of there, a few million went to the Chi area afaik..

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No, he wasn't there when I saw the exhibit.
I believe @martl is Martin Appel. I gave Martin some information about Mike when he bought the bike several years ago. He was amused that it shared the same surname with him. And I told Mike about Martin's purchase and the bike going overseas when I saw Mike at the Cronometro swap later that year.
Ha! Great news, didn't know Mike was aware of the whereabouts of my frame Would love to talk to him for a few minutes, sometime; it has a bit of an odd geometry (very long top tube) which i would like to know more about.
i actually spent a few months in Chicago in 2000 but i hadn't known about Appel bikes then. Wish i had!

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Appel's frames have the best looking seat stay caps I've ever seen--even better than Bernard Carre.
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Nice. I have a space in the garage reserved for an Appel...when one shows up in my size.
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